Hike Tumbledown Mountain

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Distance

5.6 miles

Elevation Gain

2300 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Danielle Tourigny

Only two hours from Portland, Tumbledown Mountain is a perfect day hike if you are looking for something fairly short with 360 degree views!

To keep the hike as short as possible, the hike can be an out and back at 5.6 miles, but if you wanted to make it a loop that is possible and adds only an additional 2 miles or so. We took the Brook Trail up to the summit (which passes by the alpine lake) and then followed it back down. To hike the loop, continue driving down Byron Rd to the second parking area to take the Loop Trail up. You would descend down the Brook Trail and then make your way back to the car on Byron Road. 

The hike starts out fairly gradual. There were not very many steep sections before reaching the lake. Once there, the hike becomes a little steeper going up large boulders, but you won't mind too much because there is a gorgeous view of the lush forests of Maine dotted with so many lakes! Lots of people swam in the lake and it wasn't too cold. There are also fish in the lake if you were interested in hiking up with a fishing pole! The lake is also surrounded by wild blueberries which we took full advantage of since August is peak season for them. 

Camping on the mountain is also allowed if you want to backpack in and enjoy a sunrise or sunset view. Hopefully this will continue to be allowed because so much trash is being left that they are considering banning camping.

The view is absolutely incredible and a very easy day trip. Highly recommend to anyone who is looking to explore a great mountain in New England outside of the Whites!

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