Sometimes a short walk is all you want or need, perhaps an hour or so and maybe a mile, more or less, in the great outdoors.

It’s just enough time and distance to get the legs moving and the heart pumping, a little sun on your face and some fresh air in the lungs. And hopefully there’s an open ledge or a craggy summit along the way for nice vista and a chance to hang out for a spell. The AMC Maine Mountain Guide has plenty of little mountain hikes to choose from that meet just these criteria.

Here are a handful of good ones to consider this winter. Enjoy!

French Mountain, Rome

The 7 Lakes Alliance maintains seven trail systems in the 6,000-acre Kennebec Highlands, the largest contiguous block of conservation land in central Maine. For a good look around the high ground of the Belgrade Lakes region, hike the 0.9-mile loop on French Mountain (716 feet), which rewards with excellent viewpoints from atop its eastern ledges. Whittier Pond, Mount Phillip, Long Pond and Great Pond are a few of the sights you’ll see. Check out all that 7 Lakes Alliance has to offer for trail walks at 7lakesalliance.org.

Klondike Mountain, Lubec

For just a 150-foot highpoint, diminutive Klondike Mountain packs a big punch when it comes to views. The mountain is the centerpiece of the 46-acre Klondike Mountain Preserve, which is owned and managed by the Downeast Coastal Conservancy. The Klondike Mountain Trail, a 0.6-mile loop, leads through old cow pastures and apple orchards to the summit outcrops, where there’s a lovely look out over South Bay and Fowler’s Mill Pond. Find DCC’s complete Trail Map & Guide at downeastcoastalconservancy.org.

From the outlook atop Flying Mountain, there’s a nice view of Somes Sound. Photo by Carey Kish

Flying Mountain, Acadia National Park

Head for the west side of Mount Desert Island to visit Flying Mountain (284 feet), where a 1.4-mile loop leads to wonderful views of Somes Sound, Southwest Harbor and the islands to the south. Hike the circuit counterclockwise, taking the Valley Cove Fire Road to the namesake cove for a look at Eagle Cliff – …….

Source: https://www.pressherald.com/2021/12/19/hiking-in-maine-some-small-but-rewarding-little-mountain-adventures/

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