QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 6,200 acres
- Trail Mileage: 3.9 miles to summit
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: moderate to challenging
- Sights: Georgous views from the 4,049-ft. summit
Climbing this mountain via the 3.9-mile Fire Warden’s Trail, the most popular way to summit, will take a good chunk of the day (at least five hours). Nonetheless, it is a hike I feel confident many people can do. The day I did it, there were many hikers (it’s quite popular) of all ages and speeds. What makes the high mountain (4,049 feet) accessible in my mind is that the first 2.6 miles is easy going, offering a gradual uphill walk through forest. At 2.6 miles, which is also where you’ll see a rustic camping spot, the trail gets quite a bit steeper. This continues for .7 miles before entering the last open stretch to the summit.
Then, the final .5 miles of the hike, up what is called a talus field, is perhaps the hardest part because you’re walking on broken rock fragments. The path has been well made, however, and it feels stable and is easy to follow.
Be warned: I have never hiked this trail without there being an icy gale at the exposed summit. Hikers have created wind blocks, and other interesting sculptures, with the loose stone, so it is possible to enjoy a sandwich without freezing. Mt. Abraham’s alpine zone is 350 acres, which is the second-largest in Maine after Katahdin, according to the AMC Maine Mountain Guide.
There is also a trail that comes up the northern side of the mountain, over from Spaulding and Sugarloaf mountains and the Appalachian Trail. I may attempt that hike one day.
Elevation gained: 3,050 feet
Directions: From Route 27 in Kingfield, turn onto West Kingfield Road. At 3.3 miles, the road turns to dirt. At 3.5 miles, continue straight onto Rapid Stream Road. At 6 miles, take a left at the big intersection and cross two bridges. After the second bright, take a sharp right onto what can be a rough road for .5 mile to the trail head, which is marked with a sign.