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From Bridgton, follow US Route 302 west for approximately 6 miles. Turn left onto Mountain Road and continue for 1 mile, passing Shawnee Peak Ski Area, to the Bald Peak Trailhead on the right side of the road. The Ledges Trailhead is in another 2 miles.

To access Pleasant Mountain from the west via the Fire Warden’s and Southwest Ridge Trails. Continue on US Route 302 past Mountain Road for another 2.3 miles to turn left onto the Wilton Warren Road. The Fire Warden's Trailhead is 1.1 miles from US Route 302 on the left. To access the Southwest Ridge Trailhead, continue on Wilton Warren Road to its end at Denmark Road and turn left. The trailhead will be in just under a mile on the left.

Description

Pleasant Mountain is southern Maine's tallest mountain providing excellent views of the region. The extensive trail network provides great day hikes better suited to more experienced and ready for a moderately challenging adventure.

Bald Peak Trail (2.4 miles): This blue-blazed trail is accessed from Mountain Road and has a 1,900 foot elevation gain. The trail leads up to Big Bald Peak and then swings south to Pleasant Mountain's summit.

Sue’s Way (0.5 miles): This orange-blazed trail provides access from the Bald Peak Trail to the top of the Shawnee Peak Ski Area. There is a 500 foot elevation gain. Orange blazing. Access via Bald Peak Trail or North Ridge Trail.

North Ridge Trail (0.8 miles): Blazed with white, this trail connects Sue's Way back with the Bald Peak Trail to create a loop. The elevation gain is 200 feet.

Ledges Trail (1.8 miles): This blue-blazed trail, provides another access from Mountain Road to the primary summit of Pleasant Mountain offering scenic overlooks along the way. Elevation gain is 1,600 feet and the parking area is adjacent to fire lane 54.

Fire Warden’s Trail (2.3 miles): This trail provides access to Pleasant Mountain's summit from the northwest via Wilton Warrent Road and is used by snowmobiles in the winter. Trail is blazed with red and has a 1,500 foot elevation gain. 

Southwest Ridge Trail (2.7 miles): This trail provides access to Pleasant Mountain's southwest and primary summits via the Denmark Road. The trail is blazed with yellow with rock cairns.

Other Information

With the exception that snowmobiles are allowed on the Fire Warden's Trail in the winter, no motorized vehicles are allowed beyond parking areas. Hunting is allowed in season, so please wear blaze orange October through December.

Use Guidelines:

  • Stay on marked trails and hike in single file.
  • Carry trash in, carry trash out.
  • No campfires or camping.
  • Keep pets under control at all times.
  • Do not disturb wildlife and plant-life.

Natural Heritage HikesNatural Heritage Hikes is a project of the Maine Natural Areas Program in partnership with Maine Trail FinderView the Pleasant Mountain Ledges Trail Natural Heritage Hike Guide.

 

 

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This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.

Trail Manager

Visit Loon Echo Land Trust online or contact:

Loon Echo Land Trust
8 Depot Street, Suite 4
Bridgton, ME 04009
Phone: (207) 647-4352
info@lelt.org

Comments

jshikes207 May 13, 2017, 9:28 pm EDT

Ledges & Bald Peak Trails are in awesome shape. The new sign at Bald Peak trailhead reads 2.4 miles to Main Summit not 2.2

hiking2017 April 12, 2017, 8:36 am EDT

I hiked firewardens trail yesterday. The snow is pretty soft and slushy for a majority of the way. There are a few spots that are a little more icy, but if you have poles or spikes, you'll be fine. Everything's worth it once you make it to the summit. Clear views all the way to mt Washington. Took about 2 hours for me to climb up and about one hour to get down, and I'm by no means in shape. Great day hike if you want to have lunch at the top. Saw a few other people and their 4 legged companions as well.

powerska1 March 04, 2017, 8:06 pm EST

I must say, what a under-published trail for winter hikes!! I was waffling between the Fire Warden trail and Bald Peak. My 4-legged and I decided to venture the wetter of the two, mainly to steer clear of sleds, and hopefully take in some views (understatement!!!). Take off from Bald Peak trail head and you won't be disappointed. The trail head has a beautiful plowed lot just past the East Lodge of Shawnee. I highly recommend microspikes (March), 0.5-1.0mi is very thick ice in several spots, unless you are very comfortable with your snowshoes. The entire trail can be traversed in spikes at this point, (Mile 1-2 is very sporadic with snow). The first mile is pretty much straight up. The last 1.4 miles to the fire tower is fairly level with the exception of a few ups and downs. There are 3 brook crossings at this point, I'm sure the later it gets, the more things open up. The first 1/2/ mile also has some beautiful mini falls. A big thank you to Loon Echo Land Trust for maintaining these trails, impeccably marked. Happy Hiking!! I love to see more winter reviews on local trails!!!

mainetrailfinder April 28, 2016, 2:18 pm EDT

We have now added two parking areas to the map. Thanks larryh for pointing out the update! Happy hiking. -MTF Team

larryh April 26, 2016, 8:36 am EDT

Bald Peak and Southwest Ridge Trails have parking areas that are not shown on the map.

fraggle515 February 01, 2016, 3:44 pm EST

In town Bridgton there is a public Beach with ample parking. Coming down 302 from the mountain, pass the monument on the right.. Continue down hill. On the left hand side shortly after, you will see the lake. Road and beach are right there. Parking in across the road from the lake.

tfiske November 26, 2015, 9:53 am EST

I went swimming next to the boat landing on 302. It wasn't a beach, and a guy was putting his boat in at the time so there was a bunch of exhaust in the air, but I was more interested in getting in the water. I think on the north side of 302 there might be some better options which I will explore next year. I don't know of a specific public beach though.

bibliobrandie August 17, 2015, 5:02 pm EDT

Are there public swimming beaches on Moose Pond? It would be lovely to go for a swim after the hike.

tfiske July 04, 2015, 2:05 pm EDT

The trail from the south west peak to the main peak now takes a different course than shown above. It no longer shares the access road to the antenna station. Instead it stays in the woods to the west of the road, avoiding the harsh installation and providing a continuously forested trail. It makes hiking this mountain even more Pleasant!

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