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Black Mountain, Rumford Whitecap
Rumford, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Allagash ski trail
Looking down the Allagash ski trail

Route: Ski trails, herd path, access road, (Black Mountain), access road, Black and White Trail, Orange Trail, (Whitecap Mountain), Orange Trail

Ski trails up Black Mountain of Maine were still well endowed with snow (area could easily still be open if not for the lack of skiers this time of year). We opted to snowshoe, but one could boot the packed trails as well.

If standing at the top ramp of the triple chairlift with one's back to the ski area, head toward the light pole at about 1:00 (you'll see some towers in the distance). You'll initially start on a quasi-logging road. A few dozen feet up it, bear left onto a herd path (some blue flagging tape) and head toward the towers. This will lead to the closest tower. One can follow the access road from it initially uphill, then downhill (a bigger tower is seen in the medium distance) to another road (take a left onto it). At the end of this road, just beyond the big tower, is an excellent viewpoint ranging from the Presidentials to some of the Rangeley area peaks.

Back at the first tower, the new Black and White Trail starts just above it (fresh white blazes). The trail meanders down to the col and the helicopter rendezvous landing site. From there, it really meanders, eventually swinging south of Whitecap and joining the Orange Trail near the first ledges that trail reaches. The distance between the lower Black Mountain tower and the Orange Trail was probably about 5 miles (direct bushwhack peak to peak would have probably been closer to 1 mile).

There was no sign of recent traffic on the Black and White Trail. Snowpack was 1-3 feet deep, so snowshoes were ideal.

Orange Trail was getting a little sloppy, as it was a mix of spring snow, some ice/frozen granular, bare ledge, and running water. May be easiest to do this trail in light traction at the moment.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Black Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Whitecap Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, April 6, 2013
Parking Elevation: 960'
Destination: Black Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:23
Trailhead Elevation: 960'
Summit Elevation: 2,350'
Vertical Gain: 1,455'
Destination: Whitecap Mountain
Time Elapsed: 02:52
Trailhead Elevation: 2,350'
Summit Elevation: 2,214'
Vertical Gain: 1,114'
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:54
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,569'


Looking up the ski trails at Black Mountain Ski Area
Looking up the ski trails at Black Mountain Ski Area

Looking at Whitecap Mountain, Sunday River, and the Presidentials from near the summit of Black Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Whitecap Mountain, Sunday River, and the Presidentials from near the summit of Black Mountain

The Black and White Trail on the way to Whitecap Mountain
The Black and White Trail on the way to Whitecap Mountain

Looking northeast from Whitecap Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast from Whitecap Mountain

Topographic map of Black Mountain, Rumford Whitecap


Directions to trailhead: To get to the Orange Trail trailhead, take Route 5 north from Bethel. Shortly after leaving US 2, take a right onto Andover Road, crossing over Ellis River. Shortly thereafter, take a left onto East Andover Road. The Rumford Whitecap parking area will be on the left a few seconds thereafter and the Orange Trail trailhead on the right. Black Mountain of Maine ski area is located outside of Rumford

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