Borestone Mountain Sanctuary Trail

Bodfish, Maine 04923

Borestone Mountain Sanctuary Trail

Borestone Mountain Sanctuary Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"An enjoyable hike through old growth forest to an Audubon Nature Center followed by a steep scramble to an open summit with impressive views. Beautiful Borestone Mountain is a hidden jewel at the southern end of the 100-Mile Wilderness. A Maine Audubon Sanctuary, this serene little mountain (1,947 feet) features old growth forest, sparkling ponds, and expansive views from its craggy summit peaks.

Half way up the trail, there is a staffed interpretative center with historical artifacts, and wildlife and nature exhibits. This is a perfect hike for families or anyone interested in learning about the natural wonders of Maine’s northern forest."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair
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"Hike through old forest to a seasonal pond-side nature center and scramble to a baldface summit with 360-degree views of the 100-Mile Wilderness. Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary is a hidden jewel at the southern end of Maine’s celebrated 100-Mile Wilderness, a greenway running along the Appalachian Trail corridor from Moosehead Lake to Baxter Park that the Appalachian Mountain Club and its partners are tirelessly working to protect. The sanctuary’s 1,600 acres include rare old forest, sparkling ponds, exposed mountain peaks, and spectacular views." Read more
Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Greg Westrich
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"Borestone Mountain’s bare double summit is visible from as far south as Charleston even though the mountain is less than 2,000 feet high. The summit offers stunning views in every direction of the surrounding mountains and lake country. The hike climbs steadily through spruce to Sunrise Pond where there is a visitor center and museum. Once around the pond and past the Fox Pen Loop Trail, the hike climbs again. This second climb is steeper and rockier, ending in a section that involves some exposure." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Greenville, Maine (Falcon Guides)
Greg Westrich
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"Borestone Mountain has a double summit visible from as far south as Charleston even though the mountain is only 1,981 feet high. The summit offers stunning views in every direction of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The hike climbs steadily through spruce to Sunrise Pond. Once around the pond, the hike climbs again. The second climb is steeper and rockier, ending with a section that involves some exposure." Read more

Borestone Mountain Sanctuary Trail Reviews

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8/21/2010
Amazing hike! Pretty tough though, if you don't have good knees, don't try this one :) However, there's an access road leading to the final summit climb, so if you're exhausted, I'd recommend taking that up (or in my case, back down due to the sun having set and it being very dark). Either way, I loved this hike, one of my favorites ever. Do it if you're there.
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8/5/2004
Fantastic Hike with great views from the top. The the final push to the top can be a bit challenging, but it is well worth it.
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Trail Information

Bodfish
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Maine Audubon
Local Contacts
USGS Barren Mountain West
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Dec 2018