QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: NA
- Trail Mileage: 1.2 miles to summit, .5 mile to Bull Rock
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: steep but short
- Sights: Rumford, vistas from summit (1,590 ft.)
The little mountains (really mounds) around Rumford look unusual. They’re conical forested humps, and remind me a bit of hills I saw in Vietnam.
Sugarloaf is probably the most dramatic of them, and there is a mostly unmarked 1.2-mile trail to the lovely open summit. The route up is not really maintained, so unless you have good instructions, you might find yourself wandering off down the wrong logging track. I used the Appalachian Mountain Club’s guide to Maine Mountains, which helped us find the summit very easily. There is also an overlook to a rocky outcrop called Bull Rock about a half mile from the trail start.
After parking on Moxie Heights Road, where there is very little room for cars, you go right up Red Ledge Road. At .3 miles, you’ll see a worn track on the left heading off straight into the woods. You will see a grey house through the trees on your left. Continue on this track and in .2 miles you’ll see an ATV road to your left that in .5 miles reaches Bull Rock, with good views. If you head down here, you’ll come to a four-way ATV trail intersection. Take a hard right to reach the ledge.
Back on the route to Sugarloaf, you’ll continue on the track, which is fairly easy going. At .6 miles you’ll cross an open area, stay straight here. The easy part ends at .9 mile, where you’ll see a narrower track heading up on your right. This part of the trail was marked with little orange tags and faded maroon blazes when I was there. The path leads steeply up, through an overgrown, grassy section, and then into the woods for the final push up to the rocky summit. The views of the town and surrounding hills are very nice.
Directions: From Route 2, drive north on Rte. 142 for 1.2 miles. Turn right on Holt Hill Road, and go .5 miles to Moxie Heights Road. Turn left and park by the side of the road.