Williams Mountain

Enjoy a modest day-hike to a historic fire-tower site where you can take in views of the sprawling forests from the Moosehead Lake Region to Canada.
Trail Activity
Hiking
Length
3.2 miles, Round Trip
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Misery Twp
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

Williams Mountain provides hikers the opportunity to climb above the working forests and remote ponds characterizing the lands between Misery Ridge and the Moose River. The overall grade of the trail is relatively modest with varied views along this primitive footpath.

AT THE MOMENT, the trail starts at temporary parking area where the minor logging road northeast of the mountain meets the main Williams Mountain Road. From here, walk farther up the road a little under 2,000 feet until reaching where the trail leaves the logging road on the right (just below the crest of the road). Not too long after leaving the logging road, the trail reaches the ridgeline and swings generally southwesterly passing along stony ledge and through previously harvested woodlands. Periodic partial views emerge. As hikers travel farther along the trail, several open areas cleared more fully by past harvests provide views to the south and towards the knob on which the fire tower sits. In particular, there are views southward towards Cold Stream Pond, a notable cold water fishery in the region.

Just before reaching the final climb to the summit, another path enters from the north. This path is not a designated trail and is not blue-blazed. Continue on the blue-blazed trail and climb the last tenth of a mile up a steep incline. There is a small lollipop loop just below the summit providing views across much of the remote lands unfurled below.

Slightly further up to the summit, a former fire warden cabin and fire tower sit as testaments to the now-abandoned fire detection system in which wardens watched over Maine's forests from often remote lookouts. The cabin and the tower are best viewed and not ventured into or on.

Other Information

The trailhead and summit area are planned to be owned by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands through a donation made by the Weyerhaeuser Company as part of the Moosehead Lake Region Concept Plan (2009 - Maine Land Use Planning Commission). The Concept Plan also enabled the construction of the trail itself, which is on land still owned by Weyerhaeuser but on which the State of Maine holds a trail easement.

You can volunteer on this and other trails managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. Contact us if interested -- many hands are needed to keep Maine's trails beautiful and open.

Trail Manager

Visit Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands online for more information or contact:

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Western Public Lands Office

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Western Public Lands Office
PO Box 327
Farmington, Maine 04938
Phone: (207) 778-8231
Tim.Post@maine.gov

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Trailhead Information

The parking area is located four miles south of ME-6/15 between Rockwood Village and Jackman. It is on the west side of the (gravel) Capital Road (also known as the Williams Mountain Road). Turn south off ME-6/15 at a four-way intersection opposite the Demo Road near the west end of Sandwich Academy Grant TWP, 15 miles west of Rockwood Village or 13.5 miles east of Jackman.

ATTENTION: THE TRAILHEAD IS NOT YET CONSTRUCTED! THE WEYERHAEUSER COMPANY (LANDOWNER) HAS ALLOWED PARKING AND ACCESS TO THE TRAIL VIA A TEMPORARY PARKING AREA ON THE MINOR LOGGING ROAD SOUTH OF THE MOUNTAIN RIDGE.

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mtf4mic
June 26, 2020
We found the directions to be confusing. We went up the side road near mile 4 and saw the blazes on the trail (this side road bisects the trail). We were able to park along the side of this side road and hiked from there. We never found the blazes along the other road as mentioned and drove between Mile 4 and 5 several times looking for it.
swillis859
October 20, 2019
This trail was easy to locate. The parking area is just a small area where two roads meet but enough room to park a few vehicles on the side. The blue blazes were sparse in the beginning but you could still "see" where the trail led. There are two scenic outlooks at the top (going to the right off the main trail and is also marked with blue blazes). The old cabin is pretty much intact. The fire tower seems sturdy enough to climb although I only made it about ten feet (too high for me) and my husband made it about halfway. This is definitely a hike we would repeat. It's fairly secluded which made for a nice quiet hike.
n0002048
October 17, 2019
As of October 12, 2019, the trail is in good condition and is clear of brush and blowdowns. The route is marked with blue blazes, though they are a little sparse in the first half mile or so. The old fire warden's cabin at the top is an amazing site. Most fire warden cabins have been vandalized over the years and are in generally poor condition due to age. This one is like a time capsule by comparison. One can imagine that it is still in use and that the fire warden is up in the tower keeping a vigilant eye out for signs of smoke in the surrounding forest. Kudos to those that are maintaining the trail and the cabin. Great job!
christyl
July 29, 2019
We have done a lot of hiking in the Moosehead region and this has been our least favorite. Most of our group actually turned around about a mile into it because the trail was so poorly maintained and the prickly berry bushes were growing thickly onto the trail. The trail started out nice and was wooded but of a lot of it was open with cut trees and buggy. 2 of our group went to the top but you would only get good views of you climbed the fire tower which is not allowed as it's very old and dangerous.
All in all we would not recommend this hike.
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Logging Road Access
Access to the trailhead/put-in is on gravel logging roads managed and maintained to transport timber. Be aware that logging trucks have the right of way and be prepared to pull to the side of the road when encountering logging trucks. Do not park in the travel portion of the road or block side roads. Yield to any equipment working on roads. Logging roads may be closed during active logging operations.
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