Open face ledge walking views are beautiful all the way up. My new favorite hike in Maine. Following this connector means joining a more difficult trail, so take it with caution. Great hike up to Little Jackson. This was done by the Maine Conservation Corps, which the State also hired to work on the Parker Ridge Trail and on the Little Jackson Trail in 2012. Parker Ridge Trail This was an amazing hike. The trail approaches from the southeast and initially rises moderately but steepens as it passes over three ledges. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until September. Parker's Ridge Trail According to the Maine Mountain Guide (8th ed., AMC), this is the oldest trail up Tumbledown. To the right is Tumbledown Pond with North Peak rising behind it. You are above treeline for most of the time from Tumbledown to well past Tumbledown Pond. I descended along Parker Ridge Trail, which has some more amazing views as well as some really astonishing geological features. https://www.maine.gov/dacf/parksearch/PropertyGuides/Maps/FullSize/mtbluetumbledownmap.pdf It's about a mile in to Tumbledown Rock where we start climbing. As we hike, we'll discuss all things Tumbledown: geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife, and current issues facing the mountain. We definitely lost elevation with this connector trail, one must go down to go up on this one. 142 B ass 142 CART Center The trail eventually comes out into the open and traverses Parker's Ridge. When this was taken the iron rungs (fat man's misery) were covered in ice. I descended along Parker Ridge Trail, which has some more amazing views as well as some really astonishing geological features. The trail approaches from the southeast and initially rises moderately but steepens as it passes over three ledges. We took the Parker Ridge trail up to Tumbledown Pond which was longer but much easier than either the Brook Trail or Tumbledown Trail. Empruntez le sentier Little Jackson Connector, balisé de blazes bleus, jusqu'à la prochaine intersection. 6/3/19 - Took the Brook Trail up to the pond. Some neat striations in the rock on Parker Ridge. Took the little Jackson connector trail back to the trail head. I have two Siberian huskies and while they enjoyed most of the hike, the scrambles up ledges were eventually a bit much for them. We got the last parking spot near the Parker Ridge Trailhead (there is a larger lot further down the road.) Not a bad ascent to the point between Little Jackson and Jackson Mtn. Tumbledown Mountain in Weld, Maine. We made it to the bald peak across from the lake easily, but on our way down around the far side of the pond we must have missed a left turn because we ended up looping around the pond to the top of the Parker Ridge Trail, despite following what looked like a good trail. All in all the loop we took was 9 miles, moderate to hard grade at times. Once you get above the tree line, it's hours of hiking with spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see. The ascent to Little Jackson is moderate at best and well marked with cairns. I began hearing about this early this spring, but (for some reason)just didn't get to this one...despite the fact that we hiked something almost every weekend. Description: Tumbledown Mountain has a network of six trails on it and the adjacent Little Jackson Mountain. I then proceeded down the trail on the backside of Little Jackson down to the pond. Note that Byron Rd is not maintained (not plowed) from November to May. Tumbledown Mountain: Have been hiking this mountain for over 10 years! Once back at Pond Link, take this blue blazed connector trail 1.1 miles to Tumbledown Pond. In the distance, surrounding the pond, were Tumbledown Mountain, Little Jackson Mountain and Jackson Mountain. It gradually rises through the woods before leading up a steep, rocky ridgeline, then down to Tumbledown Pond. Lots of dipping down into the tree line and then back up to exposed rock sections of the trail. 5. Fantastic hike with excellent views. Although we saw a lot of people on the Brook Trail and at the lake, we hardly saw a soul when we took the Parker Ridge Trail down. The downhill side of Little Jackson as you head towards Tumbledown gets steep fast and begins the tough portion of the hike. Can't wait to do this one again and camp overnight. The Parker Ridge Trail (1.8 miles) is another option from the Brook Trailhead. - See 19 traveler reviews, 12 candid photos, and great deals for Weld, ME, at Tripadvisor. It is roughly 2.5 miles in length and takes approximately 2 hours to hike at a brisk pace. To reach Little Jackson, continue 0.1 miles past this junction, crossing a creek to reach an old logging/tote road. The area had heavy rains two days before we arrived and some of the washouts looks like trails... We used the app to get back onto the correct track - life saver! Trail Etiquette The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until September. I'd heard about this mountain, with its fairly short trails, both easy, and quite difficult and it's beautiful mountain pond suitable for swimming. On the way down, I passed a group of four folks hiking up to the Pond, one of whom gave me a tasty apple by way of greeting. Justin Henry / Flickr There is one easily negotiated washout as well. Sep 27 | Little Jackson, Tumbledown, ME via Jackson and Parker Ridge trails by: Rick Boudreau / newenglandtrailconditions. There has not been an official trail that directly connects the peaks of Little Jackson and Tumbledown for more than a decade. The trail eventually comes out into the open and traverses Parker's Ridge. Photo by Ryan Linn. Pond was partially iced over and there was some deep snow in shady spots near the summit. This link has the official trail map: Started raining at top so called it quits. Not much to see except for a small building and a helicopter landing platform. In the past, to access this route, hikers had to travel into the woods on a private road called the Morgan Road, and park near a place locally known as "Tumbledown Field." Parker Ridge Trail seems to be the "highway" most visiting the Pond take up and back down. Alltrails: please update your map using this official map. I cannot recommend it to someone who is not a comfortable hike AND familiar with the mountain already. Tried walking in the moose footprints but still fell through a lot. Then took the Pond link trail to Little Jackson Trail. Brook Trail, Follow the connector trail for 1.1 miles then bear right past the junction of the Parker Ridge Trail to Little Jack- Trail, on Pond miles one-way. Heading up Parker Ridge with a view of Tumbledown Pond and Mountain. Dana Thurston of Raymond makes the climb at Tumbledown on the Parker Ridge Trail Photo by Carey Kish. You make no turns off of Byron Rd to access the trailheads. We will be back to investigate what we did wrong but it was a beautiful hike! In just over a mile you will arrive at the summit of Tumbledown near the pond. Any “trails” between these peaks should be treated as a bushwhack with requisite navigational skills. The brown metal sign that noted this trail was stolen two years ago. On the way down it’s a little rough on the knees. Trailhead. It's a best bang for the buck hike. Lots of tracks so I was able to manuever down this trail without a lot of trouble. Take the Little Jackson Connector trail, marked with blue blazes, 1.1 miles to the next junction. Side note: Parker Ridge Trail was the original trail to Tumbledown. The trailhead is 3.7 miles from the east end of Byron Road by a large parking area just uphill from a brook crossing. That segment would have been better for them had they not been as tired as they were. EASY 1.7 mi. At this point you have the option of returning via Brook Trail (1.8 miles), or Parker Ridge and Little Jackson Connector (1.8 and 1.1 miles respectively) back to the trailhead and parking. Photo by Carey Kish. Tumbledown Mountain includes three peaks, 700-foot cliffs and a pond near the summit. On the way down, I passed a group of four folks hiking up to the Pond, one of whom gave me a tasty apple by way of greeting. Activities: Hiking. If you want a good workout, go up the Parker Ridge trail instead of the Little Jackson trail. Retrace your steps back to the pond. From this point, despite what this map indicates, you must backtrack down to the Pond Link junction. C'est la jonction avec Parker Ridge Trail. We used the AllTrails map a few times as we did wander off trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from May until October. All in all, a very good workout today. We attempted to find the trail that goes to Jackson peak from Tumbledown, but did not see a clearly marked one. Many people do this as an annual hiking event. There is a small rock staircase and sign at this turn. Top of Little Jackson is mostly snow free and the views were spectacular. It says it is a popular hiking spot, but I only met two hikers on the trails that day. Many areas of this trail are on the hard side of moderate. I descended along Parker Ridge Trail, which has some more amazing views as well as some really astonishing geological features. The Parker Ridge Trail, though also steep, is a more beautiful and a less rocky descent. Views are spectacular. Parker's Ridge Trail According to the Maine Mountain Guide (8th ed., AMC), this is the oldest trail up Tumbledown. Anything else was constructed unofficially and is therefore considered unreliable. Favorite seasons to visit: Mid- … Tumbledown Mountain, Tumbledown Mountain - East Peak, ME: Trails: Parker’s Ridge Trail, Tumbledown Ridge Trail, Pond Link Trail, Little Jackson Trail: Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Parking/Access Road Notes: Mine was the lone vehicle at the Morgan Road trailhead parking area. Note: This is not a hike to attempt in wet or icy/snowy weather as a good portion is on open face and rock. Activities: Hiking. 5/6/20. Tumbledown and Little Jackson via Parker Ridge Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Weld, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Tumbledown mountain via the loop trail up and Parker ridge trail down. It's a best bang for the buck hike. These posts have been tagged with Tumbledown Mountain ME, or are within 1.5 miles of it. To gain access to this trail, leave from the Brook Trailhead and follow the Little Jackson Connector for 1. It will kick your butt. Trail was in great shape with only one tree down BUT was snow covered (2-4 feet) on the top third of the trail. Losing the trail is particularly easy in the Fall when the leaves are down and cover the worn path to make it blend into the wilds. Tumbledown Mountain: Have been hiking this mountain for over 10 years! Be … The Parker Ridge Trail on Weld’s Tumbledown Mountain is a steep climb, but the views of the east and north peaks, with their dramatic cliffs, make it worth the effort. otherwise great not an easy hike. 360 views at the top make it worth it. Had to use GPS to verify location on way up. There has not been an officially maintained trail that links Little Jackson and Tumbledown for at least a decade. bogblogger wrote a review Nov 2016. This was done by the Maine Conservation Corps, which the State also hired to work on the Parker Ridge Trail and on the Little Jackson Trail in 2012. Side note: Parker Ridge Trail was the original trail to Tumbledown. There a review here that says not to bring a dog. United States ; Maine (ME) ... All reviews brook trail long hike the parker boulder pond summit. Views are spectacular. 6/16/19 - A friend and I tried to do the loop pictured here clockwise. Easy first mile gives way to much steeper climb over boulder fields and numerous waterfalls. Parker Ridge Trail: This trail is the oldest route to the pond. It’s gradual at first but then turns challenging as you climb over ledges to reach the top. Great hike, trail is not well marked between Little Jackson and Tumbledown but otherwise a great day. Morgan Rd is a single lane dirt road and was in great shape. I don't think there's another mountain in this part of the world that offers such amazing views of itself as Tumbledown. Byron Rd had just been graded and was in great shape. Favorite seasons to visit: Mid- … Parker Ridge Trail: This trail is the oldest route to the pond. The Loop and Brook Trails have their trailheads on the North side of Weld-To-Byron Road, and the Parker Ridge Trail has its trailhead at the end of Morgan Road. We got the last parking spot near the Parker Ridge Trailhead (there is a larger lot further down the road.) It appeared that no one else has tried Jackson so I didn't have tracks to follow. In the distance, surrounding the pond, were Tumbledown Mountain, Little Jackson Mountain and Jackson Mountain. Little Jackson Trail is amply marked with blue blazes and carins. A sign marks the junction and the trail is well blazed. The descent from Little Jackson to the base of Tumbledown was much more difficult. As you get higher there are cairns again and the trail gets easier to follow. The Pond even this time of year is disappointingly crowded, but if you take the loop depicted here from Morgan Road up to Little Jackson Mountain, you will see few people until you clear Tumbledown and are nearer the lake. Some neat striations in the rock on Parker Ridge. Parker Ridge Trail: This trail is the oldest route to the pond. A link to these last two trails has been created from the start of the Brook Trail, although you can still reach them via the Morgan Road. Description: Tumbledown Mountain has a network of six trails on it and the adjacent Little Jackson Mountain. Photo by Ryan Linn. Thankfully the trail was ice free. Hiking Tumbledown Mountain in Maine. We decided not to double back to try to summit Little Jackson, and instead had a good swim and took Parker Ridge back to the trail head. Took the easiest trail, the brook trail, several miles in from paved road. We didn't see any other person until we reached the west peak of Tumbledown. The trailhead is 3.7 miles from the east end of Byron Road by a large parking area just uphill from a brook crossing. Rick and Linda are going to take the Parker Ridge Trail and meet us at Tumbledown Pond for our picnic lunch. Parker Ridge Trail Seemed that there as a new fascinating thing to see or navigate at every turn, making this long, exhausting hike entertaining enough to keep you plodding along. Following Tumbledown Brook, this trail provides the quickest, most direct route up to Tumbledown Pond. A short spur ascends to West Peak also. The "Loop Trail" is not dog friendly (although it is not actually a loop, while this trail is a loop, which is likely the source of confusion.) Heading up Parker Ridge with a view of Tumbledown Pond and Mountain. The trail eventually comes out into the open and traverses Parker's Ridge. This trail is not marked well at all and I ended up wandering around a bit as the snow was up to 4 feet deep in areas and was softening up so I ended up postholing a lot. Deux sentiers s’écartent de ce sentier. It is true that part of this trail is not well marked. Had a great time doing this loop a couple of months ago, went up the loop trail to the west peak first and went around up to the Tumbledown summit and over to the Little Jackson trail and back down on the Brooke trail. Parker Ridge Trail (2. Pretty technical climbs/rock climbing and slick when wet. This bit connects Brook and Parker Ridge Trails with the end of the Loop Trail and, eventually, the West Peak of Tumbledown. We took the Tumbledown Brook trail to the top. My favorite hike is up the Parker Ridge trail. Once we get to the open ledge you can look up to the right at Jackson Mountain but littles summit is to the left. We'll take the Brook Trail to Crater Lake (Tumbledown Pond), before descending along the Parker Ridge Trail. Pond Link is the easiest of the trails, and sees very little foot traffic. I consider this to be one of the 10 best hikes in all of New England. It's mostly level on the way in, some up and down but just a pleasant hike. This trail is over mostly open ledges. The trail from Little Jackson peak to Tumbledown is not marked, but pretty easy to spot and follow. As you can see, a few wet areas too. This trail is definitely less traveled but easy to navigate. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Parker Ridge Trail was a very enjoyable ascent—although notably steeper as you go. Planned to hike over to the pond however the trail was not well marked and we got significantly off trail! It's mostly level on the way in, some up and down but just a pleasant hike. 4. Following Tumbledown Brook, this trail provides the quickest, most direct route up to Tumbledown Pond. Little Jackson gets fairly steep. You will lose the trail more than once, I promise you, so check your AllTrails position frequently any time you dip down into the tree line again, which happens several times. Easy first mile gives way to much steeper climb over boulder fields and numerous waterfalls. Also, the trailhead for all but the Loop Trail is located off Byron Rd. Leaving the alpine pond, you'll come to the Tumbledown Ridge Trail. Definitely will go back in a month or so when the snow is completely gone. One mountain kept coming up; Tumbledown. Despite that, it was an amazing time and I will definitely do it again sometime and probably camp at the pond. This hike starts at the Brook Trail trailhead off of Byron Road, ME. A view of Tumbledown Pond, and the mountain’s summit, from the Parker Ridge Trail, which departs from the Brook Trail not far from the road, and offers a slightly longer route to the pond, including some great rock scrambles. This gnarly hike navigates the chimney-like fissure known as Fat Man’s Misery via iron rungs and is recommended for ascent only. We hiked up Little Jackson Connector to Parker Ridge Trail and as soon as Tumbledown Pond came into view, we stopped for lunch. Directions This is Parker Ridge trailhead. Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Pitney Bowes and are subject to change.Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries. If you plan to do this trail in the next 3-4 weeks, bring snowshoes! Now we are headed up the East peak via the Tumbledown Ridge Trail. Travel 1.2 miles, following blue blazes, to the junction with Pond Link Trail on the left. Two trails diverge from this trailhead. Heading up Parker Ridge, with a view of Tumbledown Pond and Mountain. Dana Thurston of Raymond on the Tumbledown Ridge Trail with Tumbledown Pond and Little Jackson Mountain in the background. Hikes & Brews: Tumbledown Mountain and Tumbledown Brewing The west and main peaks of Tumbledown and Tumbledown Pond, as viewed from the Parker Ridge Trail Hemmed in by the craggy alpine-like summits of Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain, Tumbledown Pond is easily one of the prettiest—and most popular—hiking destinations in Maine’s western mountains. The trail itself initially follows an old logging road before steeply ascending the mountain to Tumbledown pond. Snow was frozen so I was able to walk on the surface but wished I had brought my microspikes. The trail ends at the alpine pond where it meets the Loop, Parker Ridge, and Pond Link Trails. Trail Work If you have been to Tumbledown in the past few years you know that the Brook Trail has been reconstructed; in some places years of erosion required rerouting of the trail. Official Tumbledown trails, of which there are several, are clearly marked with blue blazes and/or carins. Straight off the summit if you go to the side of the ledges you can see tumbledown and the pond. Trail is washed out and muddy near the top as well but I’m sure later in the season it will be fine. Little bit of snow still on trail to Jackson Mtn. A few weeks ago (May 13th), I hiked Tumbledown Mountain (3054 feet) which is located in Western Maine. From there to the pond, the place was quite busy. It is a short walk in from the parking area. This isn't a hike I'd want to do in wet or icy/snowy weather as a good portion is on open face and rock. This is an inaccurate map and is not a valid hike. It's about a mile in to Tumbledown Rock where we start climbing. 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The Loop Trail ends with an intersection with Tumbledown Ridge Trail, where hikers can turn left and hike 0.2 mile to reach the mountain’s west peak and summit at 3,068 feet above sea level. Once on the ridge, we hopped over rocks painted with lichen of all colors and between dwarfed trees and shrubs. Parker Ridge Trail: This trail is the oldest route to the pond. Tumbledown Mountain. Take a back-up battery for your phone because you will drain the battery even in airplane mode trying to relocate the trail and taking lots of photos. Joyce and I are at Tumbledown's Loop Trailhead. According to the Maine Mountain Guide (8th ed., AMC), this is the oldest trail up Tumbledown. Tumbledown Mountain, Weld: Address, Phone Number, Tumbledown Mountain Reviews: 5/5. The Parker Ridge Trail, though also steep, is a more beautiful and a less rocky descent. If you have been to Tumbledown in the past few years you know that the Brook Trail has been reconstructed; in some places years of erosion required rerouting of the trail. I had my dog with me and had a blast. No ass-kicking, memorable steeps for long distances or anything that will traumatize you, but the up and down never ends once you get to the tree line and take the ridges. Alpine tarn at summit is highest elevation pond in Maine. This is a difficult trail due to its length, verticle gains and losses, and navigation. It gradually rises through the woods before leading up a steep, rocky ridgeline, then down to Tumbledown Pond. For more travel adventures, check out our website https://roadtrippingpt.com/ Lots and Lots of moose scat on this trail but no moose sighting. Cette randonnée commence au sentier Brook Trail au large de Byron Road, ME. So why did I not discovery this hike for 30 years?? I descended along Parker Ridge Trail, which has some more amazing views as well as some really astonishing geological features. This modest 3,000-foot mountain offers a big New England mountain hiking experience. My favorite hike is up the Parker Ridge trail. Took a side trip to Jackson Mtn. After nearly 3 miles on Parker Ridge you will return to the Jackson’s trail. I would have to agree with others about the dogs. A very good day if the weather cooperates. Best bet is to arrive at the parking area (near Brook Trail) early although there is a lot of parking on the side of the Byron Road. we went up loop trail do not recommend taking a dog lots of very steep rocks and the chimney is impossible with out some helping dog friendly people. The Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain trail network is composed of six trails and two trailheads for advanced hikers wishing to see some of the most unique features in Maine. Be careful if taking this path. If you want a more vigorous hike, do the loop in a clockwise fashion. There are four major trail areas in the Weld region: This last, as well as parts of the Blueberry Mountain, Little Jackson, and Parker Ridge trails are still on privately owned land. Alpine tarn at summit is highest elevation pond in Maine. We lost the trail once or twice at this point, but quickly backtracked and found small flagging tape markers. The trail in the wooded section between Tumbledown and Little Jackson could use some work. The section that leaves the main trail and heads off to Little Jackson is a bit hard to find if you aren't looking at where it is on the map, once you find it though it is well marked with cairns until you get to the wooded portion to start up Little Jackson. Did the loop in a counter clockwise direction. Heading up Parker Ridge, with a view of Tumbledown Pond and Mountain. The trail approaches from the southeast and initially rises moderately but steepens as it passes over three ledges. If you complete the entire thing, you will remark at how tired and sore you are but not be able to put your finger on why. Tumbledown and Little Jackson via Parker Ridge Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Weld, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Rick and Linda are going to take the Parker Ridge Trail and meet us at Tumbledown Pond for our picnic lunch. I would categorize the loop as a whole as "hard," with moderate and easy sections. The Parker Ridge trail is located right where Pond Link ends, and is marked with a sign. Take a sharp left onto this road. We made it down to the pond where Parker Ridge Trail ends. It was my first time to hike this mountain. Great trail but bad time of year for it. There is a pit toilet at the beginning of the Brook Trail. 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