Black Mountain Trail

Ellsworth, Maine 4605

Black Mountain Trail

Black Mountain Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Black Mountain Trail Trip Reports

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
April through November
200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,090 feet
Top Elevation
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Local Contacts
USGS Sullivan and Tunk Lake
Local Maps

Trail Log