Long Ledges Preserve and Baker Hill Easement

Sullivan, Maine

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Meander through the upland forests of two adjoining conservation lands to enjoy ocean and mountains vistas from granite ledges and outcrops. Long Ledges features a series of semi-open ridge tops forested mostly with pines and oaks, as well as two ponds, wetlands, granite outcroppings, glacial erratic boulders, and an old quarry. The extensive granite ledges on the south slope of the hill provide wonderful views extending south to Mount Desert Island and north to the mountains of Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land. Nine trails plus several short connectors combine to offer more than 5 miles of hiking exploration though both properties. This hike utilizes all or part of each of these trails. After a thick stand of fir, climb over a low ridge, then descend to Long Pond. After a dip, a short spur on the right leads to the pond. Just ahead, another spur trail leads 100 feet up and over a small hill to a ledge overlooking 59-acre Long Pond, home to native brook trout. The ledge is a beautiful spot to relax, have lunch, and enjoy the view. It’s also a good launch spot for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear water.
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)

Meander through the upland forests of two adjoining conservation lands to enjoy ocean and mountains vistas from granite ledges and outcrops. Long Ledges features a series of semi-open ridge tops forested mostly with pines and oaks, as well as two ponds, wetlands, granite outcroppings, glacial erratic boulders, and an old quarry. The extensive granite ledges on the south slope of the hill provide wonderful views extending south to Mount Desert Island and north to the mountains of Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land.

Nine trails plus several short connectors combine to offer more than 5 miles of hiking exploration though both properties. This hike utilizes all or part of each of these trails. After a thick stand of fir, climb over a low ridge, then descend to Long Pond. After a dip, a short spur on the right leads to the pond. Just ahead, another spur trail leads 100 feet up and over a small hill to a ledge overlooking 59-acre Long Pond, home to native brook trout. The ledge is a beautiful spot to relax, have lunch, and enjoy the view. It’s also a good launch spot for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear water.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Sullivan
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 480 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Additional Use: Skiing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Frenchman Bay Conservancy (frenchmanbay.org; 207-422-2328)
Local Maps: USGS Sullivan; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 24 (DeLorme); Long Ledges Preserve and Baker Hill Easement (Frenchman Bay Conservancy)
Driving Directions: Directions to Long Ledges Preserve and Baker Hill Easement

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