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Magical Mountains and Lakes Region of Maine

Hiking / Biking

Hiking in the Lakes Region of Maine




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Hiking is a very popular activity for visitors to the Magical Mountains and Lakes Region Because of its unique location there are hundreds of hiking and mountain trails throughout the area. There are hikes for every ability and duration. Certainly there is no better way to see our beautiful region than to climb to the top of a nearby mountain and enjoy the view. Some of the region's more popular hikes are outlined below.
Jockey Cap
A short 15-minute hike to the top of this landmark in Fryeburg will reap hikers a fine reward Atop the "cap," you'll enjoy a 360-degree view. A range finder, erected in honor of Arctic explorer Admiral Robert E. Peary will help you identify all the surrounding peaks; over thirty can be seen! The trailhead is on Route 302 approximately one mile from downtown Fryeburg. It's on the left between the Jockey Cap Country Store and the Jockey Cap Motel. Look for the archway over the trail with the sign, "Jockey Cap Trail."
Sabbatus Mountain
Located in the town of Center Lovell this 3/4-hour, 1-mile round trip hike is a pleasure during any season. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the spectacular views from the ledges at the top. To reach the trailhead, go north on Route 5 from Fryeburg to Center Lovell. Just past the Center Lovell Inn, look for Sabbatus Road on your right. Go about 1.5 miles, bearing right at the fork onto a gravel road. Continue uphill about 0.4 mile to the parking area on the right, and the trailhead is just behind the new parking area.
Pleasant Mountain
Round-trip hiking time of this 150-vertical-foot mountain takes approximately 3 hours with a distance of 3-1/2 miles. Located just west of Moose Pond in Bridgton just off Route 302. Take the road leading into Shawnee Peak ski area from Route 302. Watch for trail signs on the road and be sure not to block the fire road. The Ledges (or Moose Trail) ascends the east side of the mountain. Views from the summit include Moose Pond Kezar Pond and Lake Lovewell Pond, the Presidentials in New Hampshire, and Carter Dome.
Mount Cutler
On the way to Cornish, on Routes 5 and 113, take a right before the bridge over the Saco River in Hiram. Go over railroad tracks, pull over, and park where you can then follow the trail from there. There is a scenic overlook after 1/4 mile that looks out over the quaint village of Hiram. The ascent is rough and rocky. The true summit is 1/2 mile longer but not very well marked.
Douglas Mountain
As you follow Routes 113 and 5 East from Fryeburg, travel about 20 minutes until you see a sign on the left for The Jones Museum. Take this left and continue up the hill past the museum to a dead end. Park and look at the mountain map provided there. The finest vistas of the Presidential Range can be seen from the stone tower at the top. This 1/4-mile hike is definitely worth every footstep !

Evans Notch
There are numerous trails in this region of the White Mountain National Forest. Refer to a White Mountain map or guide to find these beautiful hikes. They are:
  • Stone House - White Cairn Loop
  • East Royce Mountain
  • Caribou Mountain
  • The Roost
  • Wheeler Brook
  • Albany Mountain
  • Ames and Speckled Mountains
  • Conant Trail
  • Bickford Brook Falls
  • Haystck Notch
  • Deer Hill
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The Magical Mountains and Lakes Region is well-known for its wonderful cycling routes through intervals and forested land. The roads wind through pastoral farmlands and by meandering rivers and cool mountain streams. Traffic is usually very minimal on the less-traveled roads linking all the villages in the region, so your cycling venture will be very pleasant and safe. Most routes will take you past interesting stopoffs including antique shops, bakeries, historical sites, and wonderful farm stands filled with the season's bounty. Ask your innkeeper about the best routes from their B&B or Inn.

Interested in travelling from Inn to Inn without being encumbered by your luggage? Just inquire at any one of the inns in our region about luggage transportation to your next inn! It's that simple.

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