Great Pond Mountain

Orland, Maine 4472

Great Pond Mountain

Great Pond Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"A hike to the summit of a coastal mountain set amidst 10,000 acres of wild Maine countryside. A little-known destination with panoramic views of Mt. Desert Island and the Camden Hills. Special attractions: Craig Pond, Alamoosook Lake, and Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery.

The uphill grade begins shortly after leaving the trailhead. Stay on a well-marked hiking trail rather than attempt the shorter but steeper dry wash that parallels the trail. The trail winds uphill through young beech-maple woods, then takes a slight downhill turn to connect with a wider “woods road.” This granite path soon reaches a plateau with spectacular views to the southeast, then continues again uphill."

Great Pond Mountain Reviews

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This is a very nice hike, though we did go up the steeper way. The trail is somewhat steep in 3-4 places, and was very wet in June. I have also been up in the winter and we had to contend with some very slick icy sections where frozen water covered granite ledges. The views are panoramic to the South and a bit occluded to the East and West. The surrounding wilderness areas to the East and West also have some public trails up smaller nearby hills, but I have not yet been on any of them. Wear bug spray in the warm months to ward off biting blackflies and mosquitos. See for a local trail map and visiting guidelines.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Best May through November, but note that November is hunting season
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust
Local Contacts
DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps

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Jul 2018