GUIDELINES FOR USE:
- If the parking lot is full, please do not park along the road out of respect for our neighbors and the safety of other motorists. Have a plan B destination or come back at a different time.
- Maintain physical distance from others along the trail and in parking areas.
- Keep dogs on a leash at all times.
- Please pack out all waste and dog poop.
- Be prepared. Make sure you have a first aid kit and adequate water, snacks and footwear.
- Stay within your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to turn around!
Loon Echo Land Trust’s largest preserve, Pleasant Mountain, is located in Bridgton and Denmark. At 2,006 ft, it is the highest mountain in southern Maine and one of the defining landmarks of the Sebago Lake region. Currently, LELT owns 2,064 acres on the mountain and protects an additional 24 acres through conservation easements.
The mountain is a destination for hikers, birdwatchers, snowmobilers, hunters, snowshoers and skiers. 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.
- Stay on marked trails and hike in single file
- Carry in, carry out
- No campfires or camping
- All dogs must be on leash
- No bicycles
- No motorized vehicles beyond parking areas
- Do not disturb wildlife and plant-life
- Groups larger than 12, please contact LELT before visiting
- Day hiking
- Snowshoeing and backcountry skiing
- Hunting (on LELT land; by permission on other private land)
- Snowmobiling (only on the Fire Warden’s Trail)
There are four trailheads on the mountain: Ledges, Bald Peak, Southwest Ridge, and Firewarden’s. All trails connect and lead to the summit.
LELT 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 LELT. 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 Guidelines’ to ensure all of the trails remain open to the public.
Bald Peak Trail – 2.2 miles; 1,900′ elevation gain. Blue trail blazing. Park in parking area off Mountain Rd, 1 mile from Rte 302.
Ledges Trail – 1.8 miles; 1,600′ elevation gain. Most popular trail, viewpoints along the way. Blue trail blazing. Parking area adjacent to Fire Lane 54, 3 miles from Rte. 302.
Fire Warden’s Trail – 2.3 miles; 1,500′ gain. Red trail blazing. Parking area on Wilton Warren Rd. This trail is used by snowmobiles and backcountry skiers in the winter.
Southwest Ridge Trail – 2.7 miles; 1,800′ elevation gain. Yellow trail blazing, with rock cairns. Views on the way up. Accessible from Denmark Rd. Parking area.
Sue’s Way – 0.5 miles; 500′ elevation gain. Check out Janine’s overlook on your way up. Orange trail blazing.
North Ridge Trail – 0.8 miles; 200′ gain. White blazing. Access via Bald Peak trail or Sue’s Way.
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, parking area on the right; to the Ledges Trail is 3 miles, parking area on the left.
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.
Parking along the road is prohibited.
All four trailheads lead to the summit.
- Click Here for Ledges Trail Parking Lot
- Click Here for Bald Peak Trail Parking Lot
- Click Here for Southwest Ridge Trail Parking Area
- Click Here for Fire Warden’s Trail Access
Loon Echo Trek for the Trails
The Trek is LELT’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Find out more here.
- Maine Trail Finder – Pleasant Mountain
- Maine Natural Areas Program – Natural Heritage Hikes Guide to Pleasant Mountain
- The Complete Guide to Hiking Pleasant Mountain (Maine)
- 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.
- There’s also a Tentrr site on Pleasant Mountain, managed by Shawnee Peak.