UPDATE - Pleasant Mountain tends to be a very busy location; consider planning your outing to a different location during the Covid-19 epidemic. If a property parking lot is full, you should consider the trail to be full. Leave home with a Plan B. If the lot is crowded, please protect your health, the health of the community, and the trails themselves, by choosing a different property.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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