NOTICE: Effective 4/2/2020, all Pleasant Mountain Trails are closed until further notice.

About

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. 

Use Guidelines

  • No motorized vehicles beyond parking areas
  • Stay on marked trails and hike in single file
  • Carry in, carry out
  • No campfires or camping
  • All dogs must be on leash
  • Do not disturb wildlife and plant-life

Designated Uses

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

Trails

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. 

Southwest Ridge Trail

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 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. Accessible from Denmark Rd. Parking area.

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.

Loon Echo Trek

Support trails and conservation by traversing – running or hiking- Pleasant Mountain. The Trek is LELT’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Third Saturday in September. Find out more here.

Additional Resources