Pleasant Mountain Preserve
Loon Echo’s largest preserve; Pleasant Mountain, located in Bridgton and Denmark, is the highest mountain in southern Maine and one of the defining landmarks of the Sebago Lake region. The mountain is a destination for hikers, birdwatchers, snowmobilers, hunters, and skiers, and it provides important contiguous habitat for a variety of plants and animals, as well as resources for sustainable forestry. Pleasant Mountain’s proximity to both Portland and Boston make it an important environmental, recreational and economic resource for the region.
Currently, Loon Echo owns 2,064 mountain acres and protects an additional 24 acres through conservation easements.
Loon Echo oversees the management of the hiking trail network on Pleasant Mountain. The majority of the Ledges, Bald Peak and Southwest Ridge trails are owned by Loon Echo. We have signed trail agreements with four private landowners allowing Loon Echo to conduct trail maintenance and improvements. These landowners generously allow the public to use the trails over their properties. Trail users should respect the land and follow the Use Guildelines (below) to ensure all of the trails remain open to the public. See specific trail descriptions listed in the brochure (see link below). To find out about volunteer opportunities please refer to the volunteer page.
- No motorized vehicles beyond parking areas
- 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
- Day hiking
- Snowshoeing and back country skiing
- Hunting (on LELT land; by permission on private land)
- Snowmobiling (only on the Fire Warden’s Trail)
Always wanted to overnight at Pleasant Mountain? Shawnee Peak Ski Area constructed its first mountain yurt in May of 2011. Located near the north peak steps away from the hiking trail network, visitors can now enjoy a true wilderness adventure at our largest preserve. To reserve a stay at the yurt, please visit Shawnee Peak’s website.
Directions to Pleasant Mountain
From Portland, follow Rte. 302 west to Bridgton and continue on Rte. 302 for roughly 5 miles. Turn left onto Mountain Rd. and drive past Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Distance from Rte. 302 to the Bald Peak Trail is 1 mile; to the Ledges Trail is 3 miles. The Fire Warden’s and Southwest Ridge Trails are on the west side of the mountain, located off of Wilton Warren Rd. and Denmark Rd.