QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 646 acres
- Trail Mileage: 4.8 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy to moderate
- Sights: views, open ledges, summits are around 1,120-1,160 ft.
Update: Several land conservation groups have expanded this preserve, and my Google map doesn’t yet include the new trail to Moody Mountain.
The hike to both of these ledges is relatively easy given the gorgeous views they provide. Lapham Ledge is just one mile from the parking lot, and Buck is 1.6 miles. The hike to Buck requires a slightly more strenuous climb, but the views might be even nicer than Lapham’s, overlooking Mt. Abram’s ski trails and North and South Ponds. The hiking trails branch off a snowmobile trail — be on the lookout for them as they can be easy to miss. You can make a loop trail here if walk back along the gravel Mann Road.
Directions: The main parking lot is off Route 26, across from Mills Road. There is room for one, perhaps two cars, at the trailhead on Mann Road, but it seems the residents of that road might discourage parked cars.