Snowshoe Up Parkman Mountain

Maine Parkman Mountain Parking Lot

Added by Tate Yoder

This is a quick and easy snowshoe; a great hike to do after school or work.

Parkman Mountain is already a lesser-hiked trail in the summer, so when you snowshoe it in the winter, it is very likely you’ll have the entire mountain to yourself. It offers exceptional views, a good amount of exposure, and solitude that is inspiring.

From Parkman Mountain Parking area, walk past the gate. Once on the carriage trail, take a right. About 100 yards later, you will see an intersection with many different trial signs. Continue around the corner, following the “Around Mtn” sign. Stay on the carriage trial, do a couple of switchbacks, and look for the Parkman Mtn Trail Sign on the left. Should be visible with other snowshoe tracks. Look carefully though, because if no one has been on the trail, the trail marker could be hard to find. Once on, follow the blue blazes up. There will be a few steep sections, one of them has an iron bar for support in the summer, but this will most likely be covered by snow. You will come to ridge point just past the half way mark.

This is my favorite spot to stop and take pictures, because it offers amazing views, while be surrounded by mountains. I like this feeling more than being on top. As you gaze towards the ocean, you’ll be surrounded by Bald Mountain, Penobscot Mountain, and Parkman Mountain on your left. Look to your right, and you’ll see Norumbega Mountain, and the quiet west side mountains of Acadia. Continue your way up the trail, or if you’re short on time, follow your tracks back to the trailhead.

Be sure to take your time finding the trail once you reach the exposed areas. Normally you would follow the short cairns up, but because the snow covers these, you must follow other tracks or look hard for any trail markers.

Pack List

  • Snowshoes
  • Insulated Boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Map
  • Gloves
  • Warm Hat
  • Wool Socks
  • Winter Coat and Pants
Optional Gear:
  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera
  • Tripod
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Winter

Distance:

3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

700 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

11 months ago

Can't wait to check out this trail!

11 months ago

over 1 year ago

Great post! Think I could this sometime, but maybe in the summer!

over 1 year ago

Added by Tate Yoder

More Adventures Nearby

Hike to Cranberry Lake in Moosehorn NWR

Maine / Cranberry Lake Hike Start Point

The trailhead for this hike is easy to find.

Jason Nugent
3 Saves

Hike to Laudholm Beach at Wells National Estuarine Reserve

Maine / Wells National Reserve at Laudholm Parking Area

From the main parking area take the Beach Barrier Trail which takes you through several different types of environment; fields, forests, and marshland before reaching Laudholm Beach to further explor.

Jacob Sells
3 Saves

Explore Spring Point Lighthouse

Maine / Spring Point Lighthouse

Being a less popular lighthouse out of the many in the greater Portland area, parking is easy and crowds are limited. Parking at Fort Prebble is ideal for a short walk to the lighthouse.

Jacob Sells
3 Saves