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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Ledges Trail
Route: Spring Ledge Road, Douglas Mountain Road, Ledges Trail, (Douglas Mountain), Ledges Trail, Douglas Mountain Road, Spring Ledge Road
Looking to get away from the motorcycle noise whilst doing a light hike, I headed east to the Sebago area.
A fee collection box had been added since my previous visit a few years earlier, guilt tripping me into paying $3 in order to park in a lot that requires just as much of a roadwalk as the actual hike proper. While I enjoy the peak, the fee is steep enough (considering the amount of trail) that I find myself not overly inspired to return again.
After walking up the road, I eventually reached the beginning of the Ledges Trail. Though somewhat steep, it was never overly taxing, though one ledge could be tough in icy or wet conditions.
The views from the summit tower were quite strong, despite the haze from the mid to upper 80 degree temperatures. Mt. Washington was just barely visible to the northwest, while Sebago Lake dominated the horizon to the east.
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The Ledges Trail trailhead
Hawkweed along the Ledges Trail
Looking at Sebago Lake from Douglas Mountain
Directions to trailhead: From 113 in East Baldwin, take Route 107 North. There will eventually be a green street sign for Douglas Mountain on the left. Head up this road, then take a left onto Douglas Mountain Road. The driveway (also known as Spring Ledge Road) to the hiker ($3 fee as of spring 2010) parking lot will be on the left. Lot closes at 6:00 PM. The Ledges Trail trailhead is located further up Douglas Mountain Road on the left (drop off only area at trailhead - no parking there or along the road).
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