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 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.
Reviewed by Ron on 8/12/2010
No trail maps in parking lot so followed "Scout Eagle Project" trail marked by orange circles. Not an easy climb for 'senior citizens' even though we are used to hiking on such trails. Found out about Ledge Trail at top and much easier hike down. Needs Ledge Trail info in parking lot to avoid others thinking the Scout trail is the only way to top.
Reviewed by Tammy on 5/31/2010
Really enjoyed this hike. Took the Scout Trail up to the Stone Tower and the Ledge Trail down. Scout Trail was easy to moderate and well marked. One section, just over 1/4 mile long was steep with lots of rocks and roots. Nice hike through pine forests, as you near the summit, rocky out-croppings and the stone tower. Was hazy today, but view otherwise would be beautiful. The Ledge trail was steep but very manageable. We hiked with our two children 7 and 5yrs and our two dogs. Great day!
Reviewed by Zedarean on 5/20/2010
This isn't a moderate hike, it's easy. I have done this hike twice, once in the winter when there was a foot of snow on the ground and ice everywhere, and once after dark in October. The view at the top is decent, but not spectacular. There is a neat stone tower up there though, and that's certainly worth checking out while you're at the top.
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