Black Mountain Trail

Ellsworth, Maine

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Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Ellsworth, the Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land encompasses more than 15,000 acres of lakes, mountains, and forests. Protected in stages with the help of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Frenchman Bay Conservancy, and the Land for Maine’s Future Program, the reserved land includes five mountains that exceed 900 feet in elevation, 40 miles of freshwater shoreline, and a 1940-acre ecological reserve managed for scientific research. With a similar geology and topography as Acadia National Park, the area provides outdoor adventurers with comparable opportunities but without the crowds. There are a number of loop hikes from which to choose, from 3-mile hikes to 10-mile journeys. This intermediate-level trip to Black Mountain also provides access to a longer backcountry excursion.
Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

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Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

by Jeffrey Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Ellsworth, the Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land encompasses more than 15,000 acres of lakes, mountains, and forests. Protected in stages with the help of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Frenchman Bay Conservancy, and the Land for Maine’s Future Program, the reserved land includes five mountains that exceed 900 feet in elevation, 40 miles of freshwater shoreline, and a 1940-acre ecological reserve managed for scientific research.

With a similar geology and topography as Acadia National Park, the area provides outdoor adventurers with comparable opportunities but without the crowds. There are a number of loop hikes from which to choose, from 3-mile hikes to 10-mile journeys. This intermediate-level trip to Black Mountain also provides access to a longer backcountry excursion.

©  Jeffrey Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ellsworth
Distance: 5.1
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: April through November
Trailhead Elevation: 200 feet
Top Elevation: 1,090 feet
Local Contacts: Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Local Maps: USGS Sullivan and Tunk Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/3/2010
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Really enjoyed this hike. 3 adults and 1 toddler in a backpack traversed the mountain with no problems. Very deceptive when you get up one side of the mountain and think you are finished. Once you get to the top of one side of the mountain, you must go back down a bit before rising above it all. Beautiful views of mountains and lakes around as well as Mount Desert Island. Worth the time and effort. Took us about 2 hours to complete with a 10 minute stop up top. Enjoy



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