Black Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."