(T.R.A.C.) Finding the trailhead is one of the challenging aspects of this hike! You’ll be well rewarded when you do! The red-blazed trail climbs gently at first through the forest with possible wet and muddy sections. It’s easy to follow the blazes, but in the beginning, watch more closely. The trail becomes easily evident the further you go up. About halfway up, the trail becomes much steeper and completely rocky, which can be slippery when wet. You’re in thick woods through most of the hike, but boy, oh boy, – when you come to the summit, you’ll be so happy with your efforts. The view is spectacular and showcases the Richardson Lakes and points west of the Rangeley Lakes Region. Such a breathtaking, unique view and you’ve earned it. You’ll enjoy the information up there, too, about the former fire tower.
Directions: Take Route 16 out of Oquossoc towards NH for approximately 17.7 miles. (If you get to the dam, you’ve gone too far – we always do!) Sometimes there’s a sign-up, sometimes it’s down. Sometimes, there’s orange tape on a telephone pole, too. If you’re lucky, there’s a car already parked on the side of the road near the trailhead! The trail is not readily visible from the road, though once you get on the trail, it’s not as hard to follow it as it is to find it! You need to find the narrow path through a screen of spruce that puts you on the trail. Hope these directions help limit the search!! You’ll love this hike!