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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Great Pond Mountain
Orland, ME

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

Route: Stuart Gross Path, Mountain Trail

Great Pond Mountain in the Wildlands in Orland.

Stuart Gross Trail was recently relocated and generally had a dusting of snow on it.

Mountain Trail was also generally snow free, but there were a few sections with blue and black ice from run off freezing. I barebooted with care on the way up and resorted to Microspikes for the icy sections on the way down.

I found the upper elevations a little difficult to navigate, as the trail reaches wide open ledges. I found my way to the summit and then back via memory, but it could be easy to get lost. Fantastic views from the near-summit ledges though.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Parking Elevation: 340'
Destination: Great Pond Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:25
Trailhead Elevation: 340'
Summit Elevation: 1,030'
Vertical Gain: 700'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:54
Hike Vertical Gain: 710'

The Stuart Gross Path trailhead
The Stuart Gross Path trailhead

Looking at Blue Hill from the Great Pond Mountain ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at Blue Hill from the Great Pond Mountain ledges

Directions to trailhead: Take US 1 northeast from Bucksport, then take a left onto Hatchery Road. Continue past the fish hatchery. The Stuart Gross Path trailhead will be on the left, just before a gate in the road. There is a parking lot on the right.

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