Burnt Meadow Mountain

Brownfield, Maine

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Gain elevation and stunning views quickly on this relatively strenuous trail, great for kids who aren’t afraid to climb! If your kids are bored with introductory hikes and up for a little adventure, including a rocky scramble near the summit, head to Burnt Meadow Mountain. The mountain’s name comes from its tragic history. In October 1947, small, localized fires from Mount Desert Island to Waterboro morphed into one statewide disaster, burning more than 200,000 acres over a short period becoming known collectively as “the week that Maine burned.” Here, a great forest fire incinerated an estimated 85 percent of the town of Brownfield and the surrounding area, including this mountain. Today it’s hard to see evidence of the fire (or the ski area that had a short-lived run here in the 1970s), as nature has taken back its own.
Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire,  and Vermont

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Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

by Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Gain elevation and stunning views quickly on this relatively strenuous trail, great for kids who aren’t afraid to climb! If your kids are bored with introductory hikes and up for a little adventure, including a rocky scramble near the summit, head to Burnt Meadow Mountain. The mountain’s name comes from its tragic history.

In October 1947, small, localized fires from Mount Desert Island to Waterboro morphed into one statewide disaster, burning more than 200,000 acres over a short period becoming known collectively as “the week that Maine burned.” Here, a great forest fire incinerated an estimated 85 percent of the town of Brownfield and the surrounding area, including this mountain. Today it’s hard to see evidence of the fire (or the ski area that had a short-lived run here in the 1970s), as nature has taken back its own.

© 2014 Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Brownfield
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Sunrise to sunset
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Friends of Burnt Meadow Mountains, friendsofburntmeadowmountains.com
Local Maps: USGS Brownfield quad; friendsofburntmeadowmountains.com/graphic_html-links/bmm_trail_map.html
Driving Directions: Directions to Burnt Meadow Mountain

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