Background

Loon Echo’s largest preserve, Pleasant Mountain, is located in Bridgton and Denmark. It 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, 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.

Currently, Loon Echo owns 2,064 acres on the mountain and protects an additional 24 acres through conservation easements.

Trails

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 Guidelines (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.

Download the Pleasant Mountain Trail Map and Brochure.

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.

Sue’s Way – 0.5 miles; 500′ elevation gain. Orange trail blazing.

North Ridge Trail – 0.8 miles; 200′ gain. White blazing. Access via Bald Peak trail or Sue’s Way.

Ledges Trail – 1.8 miles; 1,600′ elevation gain. Blue trail blazing. Parking area adjacent to Fire Land 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 in the winter.

Southwest Ridge Trail – 2.7 miles; 1,800′ elevation gain. Yellow trail blazing, with rock cairns. Accessible from Denmark Rd. Parking area.

Use Guidelines

  • No motorized vehicles beyond parking areashikers on SW Ridge - Pleasant
  • 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

Designated Uses

  • Day hiking
  • Snowshoeing and back country skiing
  • Hunting (on LELT land; by permission on private land)
  • Snowmobiling (only on the Fire Warden’s Trail)
  • Dogs are allowed. Keep pets under control at all times.

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! Visit: https://tentrr.com/sites/0b2d785e-4801-11e7-bbed-0a932d599b6f/Wayshego-on-Little-Mountain/

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.

2011_01_24 050 Bald Peak Trail heading north

 

Additional Resources

Maine Trail Finder – Pleasant Mountain

The Complete Guide to Hiking Pleasant Mountain (Maine)