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Steep trail to the summit of Mount Sabattus with spectacular views of the White Mountain region.


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1.4

Miles

2.3

KM

Loop

1,282' 391 m

High

826' 252 m

Low

477' 145 m

Up

477' 145 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

The area is open from sunrise to sunset. Be aware that the parcel is open to hunting during firearms season and hikers should use caution when out during this time.

Need to Know

There are no facilities at the trailhead or along the trail. The trail is shaded, but you'll need to bring enough water for your hike.

Description

The Sabattus Mountain Loop Trail can be found at the parking lot off the Sabattus Mountain Road in Lovell, Maine. The trail departs from the top end of the parking lot and immediately enters the woods. Shortly after entering the woods, there is a split. Both ways lead to the top of the mountain, so for the purpose of this description, we'll take the left hand fork. The trail is a singletrack dirt trail that works its way through the woods and climbs up the mountain side.

Roots and rocks litter the trail, so watch your step as you work your way through the woods. After climbing for half a mile, the trail levels out at the top of the mountain and runs along the cliffside for about a quarter of a mile where some obstructed views of the mountains and valleys can be enjoyed.

Around three quarters of a mile, there is a beautiful metal bench that sits on the cliff side where beautiful views of the White Mountains and Kezar Lake area. You can see Keyes Pond, Kezar Lake, Pleasant Mountain, and the White Mountains. After taking in the wonderful views, the trail re-enters the woods and passes the foundation of an old fire lookout tower. The Sabattus Mountain lookout was built in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was in use until 1963 when the tower was disassembled.

The trail drops steeply down the mountainside at this point, so watch your footing as you descend. When the trail starts to level out, it passes through an area that may be muddy if it has been raining recently. The trail passes the junction again and you emerge back at the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

In the spring, wild flowers can be enjoyed along the trail. Evidence of racoon, fox, squirrel, deer, and many songbirds can be seen in the woods around you.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Hitchcock

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There is a bench at the summit of the mountain where you can sit and enjoy the views of the White Mountain Region.
Oct 25, 2023 near Lovell, ME
The views of the White Mountain Region are great from the top of Sabattus Mountain.
Oct 25, 2023 near Lovell, ME
This dirt trail meanders through the woods. You can see the roots that grow across the trail.
Oct 25, 2023 near Lovell, ME
The foundation remains of the Sabattus Lookout Tower can be seen along the trail.  The tower was disassembled in the 1963.
Oct 25, 2023 near Lovell, ME
At this point in the trail, if it has been raining recently the trail will be really muddy. There are a couple of wooden walkways to help you traverse the mud and creek crossings.
Oct 25, 2023 near Lovell, ME
Mushrooms and lichen can be seen growing on the ground and trees along the trail.
Oct 25, 2023 near Lovell, ME

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