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Bald Pate Preserve located in South Bridgton has it all! Great views, family friendly hiking, groomed ski trails (for a small fee), hunting, and snowshoeing. The Preserve consists of 486 acres of forest, meadows, granite-topped scenic vistas and boasts a pristine ancient pitch pine forest atop its summit.
The 6.7 mile network of trails offers an array of recreational opportunities and views. Trails are easy-to-moderately difficult. Great for kids! All hiking trails are marked and signed and are maintained by a dedicated group of local stewardship volunteers.
Bob Chase Trail / Scenic Loop – 0.8 miles. Blue trail markers. 300′ elevation gain. Easy to moderate. Shared XC ski trail in winter.
Foster Pond Lookout Trail – 0.7 miles. Red trail markers. 300′ elevation gain. Shared XC ski trail in winter.
South Face Loop Trail – 1.5 miles. Orange trail markers. 370′ elevation gain. Peak located on this trail. Beautiful views!
Moose Trail – 1.0 miles. Yellow trail markers. Easy. Shared XC ski and ATV trail for a section.
Pate Trail – 0.1 miles. Green trail markers. 360′ elevation gain. Moderate, steep.
Micah Trail – 0.6 miles. White trail markers. Easy Access via Moose Cove Lodge Rd.
Town Farm Brook Trail – 2.0 miles Purple trail markers. Moderate. Access via Town Farm Rd (no parking). Connects to LEA’s Holt Pond Preserve and 1.5 miles of hiking trails.
- Day hiking and dog walking
- Snowshoeing and back country skiing
- Cross country skiing (fee required payable at Five Fields Farm)
- Hunting (wear blaze orange in season)
- No motorized vehicles beyond parking areas (except where designated)
- Stay on marked trails, hike in single file and do not step on the fragile soils, especially at the summit
- Carry in, carry out
- No campfires or camping
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times
- Do not disturb wildlife and plant-life
- Five Fields Farm offers cross country skiing on groomed trails that weave through apple orchards and the Bald Pate Mountain preserve.
Directions to Bald Pate Mountain
From Portland, follow Rt. 302 west. Before coming into Bridgton, look for Rt. 117 on left. Bear left from 117 onto 107.
After approximately 5 miles you will pass Five Fields Farm Orchard. On the crest of the hill after the orchard, you’ll see sign for Bald Pate Mountain on the left side of the road.
The preserve was established in 1997 after a local grassroots effort led by Loon Echo generated interest and support to protect the mountain. At Bald Pate you’ll find a forest returning from past timber harvests and ice storm damage, a unique pitch pine habitat with fragile soils at the summit, and a haven for wildlife and humans alike.
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