The terrain is moderately steep, and hikers should expect a rough footpath. The trail follows a small cascading spring-fed brook, and passes through older mixed and hardwood forests with views out to the surrounding lakes. Once on the trail, look for yellow painted blazes. Hikers can expect to hear vireos, thrushes, and a variety of warblers. Watch for signs of bear, moose and other wildlife. On the summit you’ll find a hardwood forest with white ash and hop hornbeam trees, and when the leaves are down, great views of the surrounding lakes. This trail is intended for foot traffic and day-use only. Tread lightly! Please stay on the trail, and carry out any refuse you bring in. Overnight camping is not permitted.
Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) is a nonprofit founded in 2001 by local residents in Grand Lake Stream, Maine. We contribute to the long-term economic and environmental well-being of the Downeast Lakes region through the conservation and exemplary management of its forests and waters. In 2001 we laid out our strategy for the future – a bold vision to protect extraordinary natural resources and a way of life. Many supporters and partners have helped us succeed in protecting 350,000 acres of the forests, wildlife habitats, watersheds, and lake shores that can sustain the regions future. DLLT sustainably manages the 55,678-acre Downeast Lakes Community Forest, with 71 miles of lake shore, for wildlife habitat, forest products, and public recreation.
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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The trailhead is on the Wabassus Mountain Road, with access from the north via the Fourth Lake Road, or the south via the Little River Road and Third Lake Road / 60-00-0 Road. Stay alert on the logging roads; these are also used by logging equipment, motor vehicles, ATVs, and mountain bikes.
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