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Rangeley Area Hiking & Biking Trails- Worthy Journeys with Beautiful Views

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Widely known for its hiking, the Rangeley area has many trails throughout the region for hikers of all abilities.

The following hiking trails listed here are some of the most scenic and most popular.

Angel Falls

An easy to moderate (brook crossings) 1.5 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of 200 feet and an average hiking time of two hours round trip.

Directions:

Option 1: From Oquossoc, take Rt. 17 south for about 18.5 miles to Houghton.  Turn right onto an unnamed gravel road (adjacent to a large open field).  Immediately cross a bridge over the Swift River, then turn right onto Bemis Road and drive north for about 3.5 miles.  This is a gravel road that can be very rough, use caution.  Look for a small parking area and trail sign on left.

Option 2: From Oquossoc, take Rt. 17 south for 3.7 miles.  Turn right on to Herbie Welch Road (across from South Shore Drive).  Go almost a mile to a four-way intersection.  Turn left onto Bemis Road.  Drive about 11 miles south on Bemis Road.  This is a gravel road that can have some rough spots, use caution.  There is a sign on the right marking the trail.  Park along the road.

Trail Description: Walk, do not drive and follow a dirt road downhill through gravel pit keeping an eye out for red blazes.  Cross Berdeen Stream, the bear left and continue following the trail (red blazed) through the woods to Mountain Brook.  The trail follows the brook up stream and crosses (rock hops) the brook three times before you come to the falls.  Use caution as stream crossings can be slippery and can even be dangerous or impassable during high water.  Angel Falls, with a 90 foot plunge, in one of the most impressive waterfalls in Maine.

Bald Mountain

A two and a half miles round trip  hike with an elevation gain of 900 feet and an average hiking time of three hours round trip.

Directions:  From Rangeley, travel west on Rt.4 for seven miles. Travel through the center of Oquossoc Village heading towards Mooselookmeguntic Lake/Haines Landing.  Approximately one mile turn left onto the Bald Mountain Road.  Go 8/10 of a mile, parking lot is on the left.

Trail Description: The trail (blue blazed) begins with a gradual ascent through forest, and then climbs up rock and ledge to the summit. There are outstanding views from the “hiker’s tower” at the summit.

East Kennebago Mountain

Directions:  Ten miles east of Rangeley on Rt. 16 turn left on gravel road. Cross bridge, take right. At fork go left, take second right, park (6 miles total from bridge). A post with many snowmobile trail signs marks trailhead. Look for sign for E. Kennebago.

Description: Trail is good for mountain bikes…less than 6 miles.

Mingo Springs Trail and Bird Walk

Directions:

From the East – From the intersection of ME Routes 4 and 16 in downtown Rangeley, head north on ME Route 4 for 2.2 miles and turn left onto Mingo Loop Road.  Continue 0.4 miles on Mingo Loop Road and turn left onto Alpine Way.  The trailhead parking area is on your left.

From the West- From the intersection of ME Routes 4 and 17 in Oquossoc Village, Rangeley, head south on ME Route 4 approximately 4.5 miles and turn right onto Mingo Loop Road.  (A first entrance to Mingo Loop Road will be on the right at about 1.8 miles from the intersection; proceed past this to the second entrance).  Continue 0.4 miles on Mingo Loop Road and turn left onto Alpine Way.  The trail head parking area is on your left.

Trail Description:  This four seasons trail is a three mile loop around Mingo Springs Golf Course.  The two mile loop around the back nine is marked with red blazes.  The one mile loop around the front nine is marked with blue blazes.  On level to rolling terrain, the trail features a vernal pool, stretches of hardwood forest, a cedar swamp, pastures scattered with spruce and fir and a mature stand of softwoods.  Benches along the trail provide places for rest and reflection.  Mingo Springs Golf Course is a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.  The trail, suitable for all ages, is a great place for viewing wildlife and wildflowers, as well as early morning bird walks.  This is a carry-in, carry-out trail.  Dogs on leashes are permitted; owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.  Trail maps, restrooms, food and beverages are available at Mingo Springs Golf Course Pro Shop mid-May through mid-October.

Mountain Pond

A moderate three mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of 600 feet and an average hiking time of three hours round trip.

Directions: From Rangeley follow Rt. 4 south for 4.5 miles.  Turn right onto the Edelheid Road and proceed about a half mile to utility pole #13.  The trail head is on the right.  Park along the road.

Trail Description: The trail (red blazed) begins with a gentle climb, crosses under a power line, and continues up a wooded hillside to a gravel road.  The trail doglegs right for about 100 yards along the logging road then turns left and re-enters the woods again.  Follow the trail up through the woods and into a coniferous forest.  The trail turns right, climbs along a wooded ridge and descends to the shore where there is a nice spot for a “picnic by the pond”.

Rangeley Lakes Trails Center

Directions: From Rangeley, travel south on Rt. 4 for approximately one mile and take a left onto Dallas Hill Road.  Travel the Dallas Hill Road for seven miles and take a right onto the Saddleback Mountain Road.  The Rangeley Lakes Trail Center is 2.5 miles up, on the left.

Trail Description; Rangeley’s premiere cross-country ski center offers seven miles of hiking trails for mountain biking, hiking, strolling and nature watching,

Saddleback Mountain

Directions:  From Rangeley head south on Rt. 4 for approximately one mile and take a left onto Dallas Hill Road.  Travel seven miles and take a left onto the Saddleback Mountain Road for approximately four miles.  Base lodge is on the left.

Trail Description:  The hike to the summit of Saddleback Mountain begins at the Base Lodge and follows the road up the Wheeler Slope to the Gray Ghost and Tri Color trails. Tri Color will bring you to the top of the Kennebago Quad, where a short, narrow trail behind the upper building leads to Saddleback’s summit. Note: Temperatures at the summit are significantly cooler.  Please check at the Base Lodge for additional hiking trails

Smalls’ Falls

Directions: From Rangeley travel south on Rt. 4 for 12 miles.  Area is on the right.

Trail Description: Picnic area, scenic spot. Cross footbridge. Trail goes along stream to other falls. Children love this area.

Spencer Pond

An easy, one mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of 300 feet and average hiking time of one hour round trip.

Directions: From Oquossoc follow Rt. 17 south for 12.7 miles (9.1 miles south from the State Park Road/South Shore Drive).  The trailhead is on the left, where there is a small parking area.

Trail Description: The trail (red blazed) is a gentle climb along a wide, grassy, old woods road.  After about a half mile the trail joins a gravel road.  Keep to the right and follow the red blazes.  Shortly, a metal gate blocks the road.  Do not open the gate.  Walk around the gate and continue a short way, then take a right down to the shore of the pond where the trail ends.

Wilhelm Reich Museum Walking Trails

Directions: From Rangeley travel on Rt. 4 for 3.6 miles.  Take a right onto Dodge Pond Road.  Museum entrance is approximate 4/10th of a mile on the left.

Trail Description: The trails are open year-round, but please call ahead for weekend use. Trails are a series of interconnecting loops featuring self-guided nature trail, bird watching area, and educational stations. Picnic tables

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CONSERVATION LAND HIKING TRAILS

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (www.rlht.org) maintains traditional public access and uses of the land for recreation, education, and scientific…

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