| Hiking boots are necessary as the trail is |
like climbing a rocky, muddy river bed uphill.
The trees provide plenty of shade and ticks.
|The bare rock summit is a fine place for a picnic.|
By midsummer there will be wild blueberries.
|After an uphill climb, nothing beats a wallow in the mud. Wait a minute. What are you doing, Scout? Bloody dog!|
|Muddy or not, you are still carrying your drinking water, buddy.|
|Time to enjoy the view of the White Mountains. Camden Hills were visible on this clear day too.|
from midcoast Maine:
Take the River Road north to Auburn.
(less scenic option is Rt. 196.)
In Auburn follow signs to Rt. 4 North.
(Miss turn and get lost.)
In North Turner, take a left on 219 West.
First right on Bean Street.
Immediately left onto Berry Road.
2.2 miles later, right on Bear Mountain Road.
Or plug these coordinates into Google Maps:
Park in the mowed field with a sign for hiker parking. No facilities.
On foot, follow the dirt road
past houses and a 19th century cemetery.
Road becomes a rocky snowmobile trail in the woods.
Go straight up past a left turn off and past a right turn off.
At a big intersection, take a right for the mountain trail.
(Don't follow sign to Bear Mt. Road straight ahead.)
Summit to base round trip is about 4 miles.
It was under 2 hours of hiking and another hour relaxing on the summit.
This non-technical trail is ideal for kids and dogs.
Sorry, not the best directions!