Portland, ME: Pleasant Mountain Loop

Cascading brooks, seasonal wildflowers, and picturesque ponds highlight this 5.1-mile loop through the thick forests of Maine to two summits.
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  • Distance: 8.2



Location: 44.0448989868164, -70.8036499023438

Follow Bald Peak Trail across several brooks, past lichen-covered boulders


Location: 44.0461006164551, -70.8100967407226

Short detour: Go L onto spur for rocky scramble to Needle's Eye, a cascading brook sandwiched in narrow chasm (slick rocks around brook). Then return to main trail for steep, rocky climb among azaleas up dry creekbed


Location: 44.043815612793, -70.8149795532226

Go L @ Sue's Way; trail climbs steeply through hemlocks


Location: 44.0400657653809, -70.8181991577148

Bald Peak (1,932 ft.); take in views of finger-shaped Moose Pond to E and the White Mtns. to W. Continue S along ridge speckled with wild violets


Location: 44.0288505554199, -70.8192138671875

In 500 ft., turn L @ T; head S past wooden storm shelter


Location: 44.0270500183106, -70.8223342895508

Pleasant Mtn. (2,006 ft.). From tower, head SW past 2 huts; take blue-blazed Ledges Trail down steep rock slabs


Location: 44.0248680114746, -70.8204193115234

Straight @ jct. with MacKay Pasture Trail; path winds along rock ledges


Location: 44.0237503051758, -70.8096466064453

Short scramble on uneven, debris-covered terrain. Maneuver around downed trees; several unmarked paths crisscross route. Keep straight, then cross 2 small brooks


Location: 44.0244331359863, -70.797737121582

Turn L for pleasant 1.5-mi. walk on Mountain Rd.


Location: 44.03125, -70.8008346557617

Continue N to complete loop; catch glimpses of Moose Pond

Scenic views near Needle's Eye

Location: 44.0447540283203, -70.8097534179688

©Kari Bodnarchuk

Needle's Eye

Location: 44.0452041625977, -70.8101119995117

©Kari Bodnarchuk