Posted on October 10, 2016 and last updated on April 12, 2022

Round Mountain, near Bethel (Albany Township)

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 12,268-acre conservation easement
  • Trail Mileage: ~1.9-mile hike
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: moderate to difficult
  • Sights: views and a "rock castle"

This is a beautiful hike up a small 760-foot mountain. The land is privately owned and held in a conservation easement, and while the landowners welcome the public to walk on their trail system, they ask visitors to leave no trace. Camping, fires, and hunting are prohibited. The hike, which will give you a good workout, is about 1.9 miles.

The path is well made (thanks to trail manager Bruce Barrett) and easy to follow. The trail makes a small loop close to the summit (the actual summit has no views). There are a few steep areas here; it’s recommended you walk this loop counterclockwise. The series of three viewpoints you’ll come to along your way are all lovely.

There is a detailed trail write-up for Round Mountain on Maine Trail Finder.

Directions: From Route 5/35, turn onto Vernon Street, and then bear right onto Hunt’s Corner Road. Go 1.2 miles to the parking area on the left.

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