QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 5,240-acre
- Trail Mileage: ~7.7 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: moderate (long), summit is 1,122 ft.
- Sights: Bartlett Stream, forests
Frye Mountain in yellow; Hogback Mountain in blue; Bog Brook, Whitten Hill, and Northern Headwaters Preserves in orange; Dave Rock Trail in green
You could easily miss the 1,122-foot summit of Frye Mountain, but no matter! This is a long, 10-mile-ish hike through woods filled with mushrooms and other delights. It’s 2.5 miles to the 4.6-mile loop. The trail is part of the Georges Highland Path and the Hills to Sea Trail, both of them near-50-mile networks of trails. Frye Mountain is maintained by Georges River Land Trust. Across Rt. 220, and Frye Mountain’s trailhead, is Hogback Mountain, which feeds into Bog Brook and Whitten Hill preserves.
Georges River Land Trust has divided the trail into three sections: Headwaters Region (this one: Frye and Hogback mountains), Central Region (in Searsmont, Rockport and Camden), and the Saltwater Region (in Thomaston).
Directions: From the intersection of Routes 3 and 220 in Liberty, follow 220 north for 6.5 miles to Walker Ridge Road on the right. Park at the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife maintenance building lot and walk up gravel road .3 miles to trailhead on right. There is a small land trust sign on the right at the trailhead. To the left is the trail to Hogback Mountain. You can also access Frye Mountain from the other side, via a dirt road off Getchell/Frye Mountain Road. There is a small area across the road at the trailhead that is big enough for one, maybe two cars. Or you could park at the large official parking area for Hills-to-Sea Trail hikers (check the land trust map) and walk 0.5 miles to the trailhead. The access road can be a bit rough for cars, especially in early spring.