Summary: A boring hike with limited views. I tried to bike it but it is too steep and rocky. All the 1-3 inch rocks just spun out from under my pedals. A skilled mtn bilker might do better than I did.
There is a fire tower at top which is occasionally manned by the Waterboro fire dept. Call them for details. The views from the tower are excellent if the tower is open and if you can brave the stairs and if the fire watcher is not busy ... but if the tower is closed the views are terrible. There is also a lot of broken glass at the top and the trails are heavily used by 4 wheelers.
This hike is only 1 mile total if you drive all the way up to the gate but a high clearance vehicle with 4 wheel drive is recommended.
Trailhead: Just after Lakeside Variety in Waterboro Center (near Ossipee pond) take route 5 south and bear right past the old fire station onto Ossipee mountain road and immediately bear right onto McLucas road. Proceed up the dirt road 4/10s of a mile and there is parking on the left.
Or ... continue on the dirt road for a total of 2.1 miles and park at the gate. You should only continue if you have a vehicle with good clearance and maybe even four wheel drive. This is a semi maintained road and can be quite bad after a hard rain or in the spring. (Lat:43.58692 Lon:-70.73911)
Trail Guides for Ossipee Mountain, Waterboro Maine:
DeLormes Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
by DeLorme (DeLorme)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Waterboro Fire Dept
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Reviewed by NC on 8/31/2010
Living nearby, I walk this often with my dog. Great for the exercise and there are many interesting side trails (but keep off of posted land). True, it's boring to clump straight to the top, then turn around & return, but I don't do that. The wide roadway allows a breeze that keeps the bugs down, but the side trails are faint and can be wet & buggy. I've seen deer & wild turkeys, also other tracks. In fall & winter there are views of Mt Washington on the way up. In winter it can usually be hiked because the trail is a dirt road & mostly open to the sky which helps keep the snow depth hikeable. I wouldn't recommend driving hours to hike here but if you live nearby it's a nice outing.
Reviewed by G.C. on 8/14/2010
Very nice gradual ascent, but there is definitely litter such as beer cans, cigarette cartons etc. lining the hike. What I don't think most people realize is that this structure is actually an extinct volcano, so the geology at the site is quite interesting.
Reviewed by Brian on 7/1/2009
This is a boring hike but a technical climb and really fun decent on a mountain bike. My kids liked exploring the exposed rock at the top.
Reviewed by mike on 7/11/2005
Nice easy hike, but much easlier by snowmobile in the winter time, and also without the foliage the views are greater!!
Reviewed by Kate on 11/12/2003
I have both hiked it as well as blasted up it with the four wheelers, the hike is weak. If your hiking listen for the ATV's cause there isnt much regard by them for anyone on foot.
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