Posted on July 8, 2016 and last updated on June 27, 2018

Burnt Mountain, Carrabassett Valley


  • Preserve Size: 68 acres?
  • Trail Mileage: ~2.5 miles one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: strenuous
  • Sights: open rocky summit (~3,600 ft.), alpine zone plant community

This is a fairly well-known hike because in the winter, alpine skiers ski its glades. During the rest of the year, it makes for a not-too-strenuous hike (for experienced hikers) along a beautiful mountain stream (with two stream crossings) and up to a splendid, treeless summit with great views of Sugarloaf and everywhere else. The mountain burned once, and evidently the incredibly strong winds here keep the summit rocky, and the vegetation low and scruffy. Pack a windbreaker! My little dog was almost blown away! Round trip is about 5 miles.

Directions: According to all the directions I read, you probably should park at the Sugarloaf Mountain Base Lodge. Then you walk past the Base Lodge and along Adams Mountain Road. Continue past the condos until you reach Mountainside Rd. Cross the street onto Bigelow Mountain Rd., almost directly across from Adams Mountain Rd. The trailhead for Burnt Hill Trail is at the end of Bigelow Mountain Rd., across the bridge and to the right.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!