QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: N/A
- Trail Mileage: 4.2 miles round trip
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: moderate
- Sights: Old fire tower, views of Moosehead Lake, Kineo, Big Moose Mountain, Mount Katahdin
Post by Tom Ancona
Number Four Mountain (2,894 ft.) is a little less traveled than other, showier peaks in the Moosehead region, but it provides great views from a challenging, yet doable, 2- to 4-hour hike. Located northwest of Greenville, Number Four is nestled among Elephant Mountain, Baker Mountain, Big and Little Spencer Mountains, as well as Gulf Hagas, White Cap Mountain, and the 100 Mile Wilderness. This is a great hike to do on a sunny summer day because the trail is shaded almost the whole way to the summit.
The trail is just shy of 4.2 miles total (out and back). From the trailhead, the path meanders gradually upwards through a series of bogs and young forest for just over a mile. From there, the trail proceeds to gain elevation more quickly, gaining over 800′ in the next 0.75 miles. Even in this steeper section, the trail is pretty much dirt and roots with a few rock stairs — this is not a rock scramble. A series of very helpful (and more sustainable) switchbacks have been added to this trail, so take note of the fallen logs blocking old sections of trail going straight up the mountain. As you near the summit, the trail levels off significantly.
The summit is tree covered but provides plenty of partially obstructed views, especially toward Moosehead Lake, Big Moose Mountain, and Mount Kineo.The remains of an old fire tower are also at the summit and the tower has a ladder that can be climbed to provide unobstructed views, including Mount Katahdin to the northeast. However, there is no platform at the top, so be careful climbing and taking any pictures! Also, if you continue about 200 yards on the trail past the summit, you’ll reach two clear overlooks — one facing Moosehead Lake and one facing the mountains to the south.
Directions: From Rt. 15 in Greenville go straight through the blinking light onto Lily Bay Rd. Drive north for 13.1 miles and turn right on Meadow Brook Road. After 1.7 miles, turn left. Follow this road for 2.4 miles, bear left, and the trailhead will be on your right 500-600 feet ahead on the right. A parking pullout is available just across a small bridge after the trailhead (also on the right). Please note: from Meadow Brook on, you are traveling on logging roads with decent sized bumps, holes, rocks, and culverts. These roads should be accessible for any vehicle so long as you drive slowly and carefully. Please yield to any logging vehicles, as they have the right of way.