Douglas Mountain
GOOD FOR: All Ages
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Source:Outdoors with Kids Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (AMC Books)
Address:Douglas Mountain Road, Sebago
Hours:Sunrise to sunset
Fee: $3 suggested donation per vehicle
Contact:

Town of Sebago, 207-787-2457, townofsebago.org/Pages/SebagoME_DPW/dgm.jpg

Bathrooms: Portable toilet at trailhead
Water/Snacks: None
Map:

A stone observation tower from the 1920s offers great views toward the White Mountains and Sebago Lake.

Father and daughter reach the bald-face Douglas Mountain summit and prepare to head up the fire tower to take in the views.

A large boulder on the Douglas Mountain summit bears the inscription non sibi sed omnibus, a Latin motto meaning “not for one, but for all.” This 169-acre preserve was deeded to the town of Sebago by The Nature Conservancy in 1996. The 16-foot stone observation tower at the top adds an enticing feature to this family-friendly hike, which is less than an hour’s drive from downtown Portland. Note that hunting is allowed on Douglas Mountain in season. Wear blaze orange from October through December to ensure that you are seen.

From the well-marked parking area, take orange-blazed Eagle Scout Trail, which (aptly) was blazed by a group of Eagle Scouts. For the majority of the way, this trail closely follows or shares a wide, moderately hilly snowmobile trail. During wetter months, prepare to cross a few small streams as you venture through the forested lowlands. At approximately 0.75 mile, Eagle Scout Trail splits from the wider snowmobile trail, narrows, and proceeds at a steeper pitch toward the summit. Watch your feet in areas, avoiding exposed roots, but
be sure to pay close attention to the orange blazes.

On the wide summit (1.0 mile), kids will be running for the stone tower. It was built in 1925 by three local men, including Harry E. Douglas, who inspired the mountain’s name. Douglas used his oxen to haul up the materials used to construct the sturdy lookout. Climbing up the stone steps through the structure to its observation platform feels somewhat like ascending the turret of an ancient castle. From the platform, you can see a fantastic view of Sebago Lake and, in the distance, the White Mountains.

Descend via 0.25-mile Ledges Trail. Look for the trail marker at the southwestern edge of the open summit, then follow the yellow blazes down to the drop-off point on Douglas Mountain Road. From there, it’s a short walk along the road back to the parking area where you started.

Plan B:

Nearby Sebago Lake is a popular destination thanks to its crystal clear water, great views, and beaches. It’s the deepest lake in New England, holding almost a trillion gallons of water. And it’s so exceptionally clean that it is exempt
from needing filtration equipment to convert it to drinking water.

You can also head to Sebago Lake State Park, a 1,400-acre protected area featuring sandy beaches, woodlands, ponds, bogs, a river, and plenty of trails.

Where to Eat Nearby:

For amenities, head north to the small town of Bridgton, home to Pondicherry Park, which features walking trails, boardwalks, an educational amphitheater and two beautiful bridges spanning the brooks.



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