WEST KENNEBAGO MOUNTAIN TRAIL: Take Route 16 west towards Wilson’s Mills from Oquossoc. Travel 4.8 miles to the dirt road (Morton Cutoff Road) on the right. Follow this road 3.2 miles and make a right at the intersection. Continue 5.3 miles to the trail. The sign is on the left. Follow the trail markers. This trail offers a moderate hike through hardwoods, spruce trees, conifers and mosses on the way to the summit. Blow downs at top. Good mountain and lake views from the fire tower.
LOCATION OF WEST KENNEGAGO MOUNTAIN
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There is no longer a fire tower at the top that you can climb! I hiked this trail in 2014 and I was disappointed. A large communications site has been constructed at the top and THAT area is fenced off with radio-wave exposure warnings all around it.
However, BEFORE you arrive at the communication center, there is a nice wooden platform in an open area (where apparently helicopters carrying construction materials would land). That platform made a nice place to sit for a snack and take some photos.
I would say that this trail is moderate to STRENUOUS, although my small dog (8 lbs.) and I I did manage it together. There were very few other hikers, so knowing that now, I wouldn’t do it again without a hiking partner. My dog and I only met one other group, a family of four, the whole time we were on the trail. They were on their way up the trail as we were descending. Sadly, they were also hoping to climb a fire tower… 🙁
It was GREAT exercise, my dog didn’t care that there was no tower, and parts of the hike were really lovely, it was just anti-climactic for me at the summit.
[…] Not far from one of the spots Damm liked so much — and about 3½ hours from Boston — sits the gated property, which consists of the main house with an attached guest cabin and a detached garage. The 1.06-acre plot includes 250 feet of shoreline and views of West Kennebago Mountain. […]