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Tumbledown Mountain - West Peak, Tumbledown Mountain, Little Jackson Mountain, Jackson Mountain
North of Weld, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Parker Ridge Trail on the way to the Tumbledown peaks
The Parker Ridge Trail on the way to the Tumbledown peaks

Route: Parker Ridge Trail, Tumbledown Ridge Trail, unnamed trail, Little Jackson Trail, Big Jackson Trail, Jacksons Trail

Fantastic set of peaks! Lots of above treeline walking. One of the nicest sets of peaks I've been to in New England.

Ascended Parker Ridge Trail, hit the pond, then did a clockwise loop around the three main Tumbledown Peaks (the trail to the western bump is vague in places and the one that connects from near the summit of that one to the northern one is unofficial, but generally marked with cairns).

From the northern one, we followed the path along the ridge, then hit the Little Jackson Trail northeast of the pond. Soon after the sign, there is a right turn (toward a wet area) that's easy to miss. Thereafter, navigation was too much of a problem up to the Little Jackson alpine zone.

We then continued to Big Jackson - a nice walk on ledges and soft wooded sections of trail with views along the way, but the summit directional view was underwhelming after the 360 degree views of the other peaks. We then doubled back and took the Little Jackson Trail back down to the bottom of Parker Ridge Trail and to the parking lot.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Tumbledown Mountain - West Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Tumbledown Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Little Jackson Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Jackson Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,200'
Destination: Tumbledown Mountain (West Peak)
Time Elapsed: 02:22
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200'
Summit Elevation: 3,068'
Vertical Gain: 2,218'
Destination: Tumbledown Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 3,068'
Summit Elevation: 3,090'
Vertical Gain: 180'
Destination: Little Jackson Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:45
Trailhead Elevation: 3,090'
Summit Elevation: 3,470'
Vertical Gain: 700'
Destination: Jackson Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:50
Trailhead Elevation: 3,470'
Summit Elevation: 3,568'
Vertical Gain: 528'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:47
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,726


The Parker Ridge Trail trailhead at the end of Morgan Road
The Parker Ridge Trail trailhead at the end of Morgan Road

Tumbledown Pond
Tumbledown Pond

Looking at the other peaks of Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain from the West Peak of Tumbledown Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the other peaks of Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain from the West Peak of Tumbledown Mountain

The path up Tumbledown Mountain
The path up Tumbledown Mountain

Looking over Tumbledown Pond at Mt. Blue and Webb Lake from Tumbledown Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking over Tumbledown Pond at Mt. Blue and Webb Lake from Tumbledown Mountain

The Little Jackson Trail
The Little Jackson Trail

Looking over North Jackson and Jackson at the Rangeley-Carrabassett area 4K peaks from Little Jackson - Click to enlarge
Looking over North Jackson and Jackson at the Rangeley-Carrabassett area 4K peaks from Little Jackson

The Big Jackson Trail between Little Jackson and Jackson
The Big Jackson Trail between Little Jackson and Jackson

The directional view toward Little Jackson Mountain from Jackson Mountain - Click to enlarge
The directional view toward Little Jackson Mountain from Jackson Mountain

Topographic map of Tumbledown Mountain - West Peak, Tumbledown Mountain, Little Jackson Mountain, Jackson Mountain


Directions to trailhead: From Route 142 at Weld Corner in Weld, take Byron Road west. Morgan Road will eventually be on the right. The Parker Ridge Trail trailhead is at the end of this dirt road, with minimal room to park at its short, steep end.

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