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Beech Mountain
Mount Desert, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Beech Mountain Loop at Long Pond
Looking down the Beech Mountain Loop at Long Pond

Route: Beech Hill Road, Beech Mountain Loop

Brief roadwalk was awkward due to barebooters beating up snowshoe and ski tracks.

Beech Mountain Loop Trail was especially beat up by barebooters due to the open areas higher up. Soft enough that, even with the postholes, snowshoes were still a good idea. More direct Beech Mountain Trail wasn't quite as beaten up for the descent. Fire tower top deck was locked, but still decent views from the stairs and the ground.

Probably 18-24" of snowpack with deeper drifts.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Beech Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, March 20, 2015
Parking Elevation: 360'
Time to Trailhead: 00:06
Destination: Beech Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 500'
Summit Elevation: 839'
Vertical Gain: 359'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:38
Hike Vertical Gain: 449'


The Beech Mountain Loop trailhead at the end of Beech Hill Road
The Beech Mountain Loop trailhead at the end of Beech Hill Road

Looking northeast at Sargent and Cadillac from the Beech Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast at Sargent and Cadillac from the Beech Mountain fire tower

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 102 to Beech Hill Road. The trailhead and parking area are at the end of the road. In winter, the road is plowed to within a few tenths of a mile of the summer parking lot. There may be limited room to park at the end of the plowed portion of the road.



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