Summary: first 4/10ths of a mile is on paved road (almost 1/2 of hike is on pavement). It is steep. You have to park down in a side parking lot. There is a $3.00 charge to park but I did not pay it because there was no obvious place to pay, no lock box and no attendant.
The trail is well worn as this is a popular hike for kids and dogs. However over the last two years it has deteriorated. There are signs everywhere, 'Trails closes at 6:00 p.m.', 'No Smoking', 'Parking $3.00", "Donations", "Rules...", "No Parking, $25.00 fine", "Towed at owners expense", etc. There was a full garbage can tipped over by the entrance. Too bad you can't hike it to watch the sunset.
The town of Sebago seems to want to start making a profit or controlling access to what used to be a lovely nature hike. View is ok from top of tower but trees do restrict the view somewhat.
This is an easy hike due to short length but a moderate hike due to slope. Can be very slippery when wet or icy.
Trailhead: Follow Route 107 north from East Baldwin or south from Bridgton. Watch for signs for 'Douglas Mountain'. Take Douglas Mountain road and again, follow signs. The trailhead is well marked.
You can't miss the parking lot. The signs are everywhere. (Lat:43.52 Lon:-70.41)
Trail Guides for Douglas Mountain, Sebago:
DeLormes Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
by DeLorme (DeLorme)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Sebago town hall, Sebago Maine
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jon Willard, who has posted 54 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Pat n Mic on 8/19/2014
The view from the top is amazing! It's most definitely worth the hike. I would suggest taking the long way up, parts of the original trail are very steep!
Reviewed by JNo on 5/25/2014
Great hike! I hiked with my 18 month old in a pack and it was a nice clearly marked trail. Perfect for families, would do it again!
Reviewed by BKW on 3/2/2014
Go up the Ledge Trail and then tell me it's easy. you guys took the trail from the big parking lot down below and went up a loop trail. Ledge trail is mostly 45 degrees, short but challenging.
Reviewed by KC on 4/27/2013
I think this is a super easy hike, I hiked it with my newborn in a carrier when he was only 2 weeks old, so calling it moderate is a stretch. It's a great easy hike for a family & my little family recommends it!
Reviewed by lskyfm on 6/25/2012
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Reviewed by Molly on 10/18/2010
My sister and I hiked this on vacation in early October. We took the trail from the actual parking lot. It was an awesome walk at first, then came the steep stuff, which was somewhat strenuous. The top made it all worth it! LOVED the stone tower and the fact that we could go in it was an added bonus. The day was perfect, clear, crisp and the views were incredible! We took the short trail down the other side which was the way most people come up. I would strongly recommend climbing it from the parking lot side. Quite enjoyable hike!
Reviewed by MGL on 9/5/2010
A perfect moderate hike for the whole family. the dog included. Also very easy to find your way, as the trail is very well marked.
Reviewed by Susan on 9/1/2010
Let me preface by saying, I am not going to hike it again until I am in better shape. It was a really hot and humid day to go up it, but the view from the top made it well worth the hike. There were no maps what-so-ever at gates and our guide book wasn't clear about where to begin. So, we walked up the back end of the trail and came out at the start. Going down from the tower was a little bit more tricky and we had to do a little butt sledding to get down. Like I said, it was well worth it when we got to the top and I would do it again, on a cooler day when I am a little bit fitter.
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