Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds

Ellsworth, Maine

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The Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land encompasses 15,479 acres in the towns of Franklin and Sullivan and the unorganized townships of T9 SD and T10 SD. Central to the preserve and popular with canoeists, boaters, and campers is the namesake Donnell Pond, hemmed in by the walls of Schoodic and Black mountains. North of ME 182, the preserve includes much of the north and east shores of pristine Tunk Lake, the entirety of Spring River Lake, and a number of small remote ponds, some 6,915 acres in all. Rising high over this northern section is Tunk Mountain, a spectacular 1,157-foot peak offering extensive alpine areas, wide-open granite ledges, and far-reaching views. Five miles of trails reach to scenic highpoints on Tunk Mountain and to Salmon, Mud, and Little River ponds. This hike visits the entire trail system and all of its attendant natural features.
AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

by Carey Michael Kish (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land encompasses 15,479 acres in the towns of Franklin and Sullivan and the unorganized townships of T9 SD and T10 SD. Central to the preserve and popular with canoeists, boaters, and campers is the namesake Donnell Pond, hemmed in by the walls of Schoodic and Black mountains. North of ME 182, the preserve includes much of the north and east shores of pristine Tunk Lake, the entirety of Spring River Lake, and a number of small remote ponds, some 6,915 acres in all.

Rising high over this northern section is Tunk Mountain, a spectacular 1,157-foot peak offering extensive alpine areas, wide-open granite ledges, and far-reaching views. Five miles of trails reach to scenic highpoints on Tunk Mountain and to Salmon, Mud, and Little River ponds. This hike visits the entire trail system and all of its attendant natural features.

© 2015 Carey Michael Kish/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Ellsworth
Distance: 4.9
Elevation Gain: 1,060 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Skiing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Donnell Pond Public Reserved Lands (parksandlands.com; 207-941-4412)
Local Maps: USGS Tunk Mountain; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 24 (DeLorme); Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds Hike (posted at trailhead kiosk)
Driving Directions: Directions to Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds

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