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Mount Pisgah

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This trail climbs a small mountain with a fire tower atop and a tremendous view. On a clear day, one can see Mount Washington in New Hampshire, several dozen miles away. It is a fire road, but there are other single tracks along the route. There are steep and muddy portions along the route. Go out and explore.
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Latitude
44.30328966871594
Longitude
-70.03689765930176
Trail Directions
It begins about two miles north of North Monmouth and 0.6 miles south of where Mt. Pisgah Road crosses between Dexter and Wilson Ponds. From the south, to get to North Monmouth from US 202, take Blaisdett Road north from where it intersects ME 132 near Monmouth. At the end of Blaisdett Rd, take a right. Next, take a left on Mount Pisgah Rd. and begin to count the distance. The lake crossing is 0.6 miles too far. From the north, take ME 133 to Fairbanks Rd. (between Berry Pond and Wayne) south, and keep left as it becomes Mt Pisgah Rd. The trail begins at a small red firewarden's cabin on a road with a green and white road sign that says Tower Road, and a sign visible from the south reading Trail to Fire Tower. The trailhead is just south of the height-of-land. There is a gate approximately 0.1 miles from the trailhead, but ATVs have already cut a path around it. There are power lines along the dirt road to the summit.
Trail Length
5?
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Winthrop
   


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Review Date
December 18, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: InfamousCochran ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The previous review was good, but is missing a few things. I grew up on the side of this mountain, and I know where the bald eagles nest, where to find bears and wild cats, as well as some great views. The windows have been good long before 2001, and there is still public access to the top. The Kennebec Land Trust has purchased many acres around and on the mountain to keep it open for recreation. The main trail up has been re-built. It is fairly steep at the base, and yes, go left at the top. If you look east, facing Winthrop, the first body of water is Nancys Bog, and the farm house just beyond used to be my house. On the way back, you can go straigt to get to "The Meadow". This is a great picnic spot, looking out across Winthrop. If you continue down that trail, it will bring you to the old snowmobile trails on the "backside" of the mountain, and you can ride to wayne or back to the Mt. Pisgah Road. The "backside Trail" is very rough, and an amazing ride for the experianced cyclist. I suggest new brake pads, and take it slow the first time. You can get lots of air in some places. The meadow is lined with wild blueberrys, if you can beat the locals to them. I hope everyone enjoys this hill as much as I have, and please, take care of yourselfs and my home...

-Cochran



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Review Date
November 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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2.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: AO , from Mass

Summary:
I am posting an excerpt from a manuscript of a bok about fire towers in New England. Mount Pisgah has a 60 foot fire tower at the summit. For more information about this book and New England fire towers, go to www.firetowers.com Mount Pisgah is really not much of a mountain, but rather a hill on one of the many low ridges in central Maine. However, it is rather isolated, and the ponds surrounding the hill clear the way for views from Washington to Bigelow. The mountain is almost equidistant from Lewiston and Augusta, and is therefore easily accessible from major highways. The view from the mountain includes many of the lakes surrounding the mountain, as well as hills and mountains to the west and north.
The trail up Mt. Pisgah is an eroded dirt road that one could mountain bike up. It begins quite steeply, passing many wild raspberries and blackberries as it climbs to a junction with another road at approximately 0.5 miles. Bear left, but remember to follow power lines on the return trip. There are some yellow, diamond shaped snowmobile trail signs at this intersection. Continue on the road, following the power lines. There are several low spots along the road, so do not be surprised to see large puddles across the road after a rainy period. Also, look for the frogs which live in these puddles. There are abundant blueberries along this section of trail. The road continues to the summit. Near the summit (0.9 miles), the road turns right, but there is an obvious path to the tower straight ahead. This path can be followed to the top, but it involves scrambling up some ledges to reach the summit. The road swings around in a short loop to the summit.
The view from the tower, which is 60 feet high, is good in all directions. As of 2001, someone broke into the towers cab and punched out all of the windows. The state of Maine may elect to reseal the cab. To the east, one can see the town of Winthrop, ME, and many of the surrounding lakes of central Maines Lakes Region. To the west, Androscoggin Lake stands out, and it is truly spectacular when the sun is setting. On a clear day, views extend much further. To the west, over Androscoggin Lake, the mountain with several radio towers on it is Streaked Mountain (#21). South of Streaked, the prominent ridge is Pleasant Mountain (#18), notable as a long, low ridge completely isolated from other mountains. To the north of these mountains, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are visible. The highest point on this ridge is Mount Washington, flanked by Carter to the north and the rest of the Presidentials to the south. North of the Whites is the Mahoosuc Range, whose highest and northernmost peak is Old Speck (#24), which is difficult to find. To the north and east of the Mahoosucs is the Tumbledown Range, Mount Blue, and behind and east of these, the Saddleback-Abraham-Crocker-Sugarloaf range. Sugarloaf is the largest mountain in the distance to the north. To the left of this is Mount Bigelow (#25), which looks small because it is actually several miles beyond Sugarloaf. The rest of the landscape is relatively featureless, except for the Camden Hills, which lie due east of the tower, over the town of Winthrop.
For a small hill in a little-known part of Maine, Mount Pisgah commands fine views of the surrounding countryside and great views of distant peaks on clear days. Ari Ofsevit and Andy Stuart, 2002. All Rights Reserved. This trail is good for all levels of riders, though the first hill is quite steep going up or down. The trails atop the hill are more level, and there are various types. The trail is relatively quite and a good easy ride.

Recommended Route:
The road to the summit is actually somewhat technical (and steep in places)...anything else is fun, too.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kents Hill trails, Maranacook High School (Readfield)



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