Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Douglas Mountain, Sebago

Douglas Mountain, Sebago

Distance, 2.3 miles round trip; Elevation, 416 ft; Time, approx. 1.5 hours; Difficulty, Moderate

Trailhead: The trailhead is well marked and there is ample parking.

Description: Douglas Mountain is Sebago provides an aerobic walk up a steep incline though the hike to the summit is relatively short (2.3 miles round trip). This is an easy hike due to short length but a moderate hike due to slope. The path starts out under tall pines and winds over gnarly roots and a pine needle covered forest floor. The walk is well shaded. Can be very slippery when wet or icy. The main trail is a loop and it appears that two short alternative trails can be taken as a variation on the main trail (but do not appear to be well marked enroute). The main trail is marked Nature Trail.

The summit provides a panoramic view stretching from Mount Washington to Casco Bay and all the highlights are mapped out on a DeLorme map found on the lookout tower of a unique stone tower dating to 1925. One can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Sebago Lake from the top of Douglas Mountain and look back toward Saint Joseph’s College. You can even practice your Latin (and brag to Reg) when you get to the top by translating the phrase (NON SIBI SED OMNIBUS) etched into a large stone and learn something of the personal philosophy of the former owner of the property.

Notes: The trail is maintained by the town of Sebago and a municipal sign states the trail closing at 6:00 p.m. but there is no gate. A $3.00 donation is requested per carload of people. You pass a ice cream shop on the way back that might only be open seasonal but no doubt worth a stop. Locals say there are plenty of wild blueberries to be picked as a reward for getting to the top (in season of course).

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