Thanks to the Downeast Coastal Conservancy and Cobscook Community High School students, Washington County has a fabulous new hiking trail. Klondike Mountain Trail opened to the public on May 30, 2014. The preview of the view from the summit was enough to entice me to take my family along for our inaugural hike.

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August-334Located on North Lubec Road in Lubec, we followed the beginning of the trail through meadow and spacious apple orchards. As you approach the base of the mountain (it’s really just a big hill) you connect with the loop portion. We followed the trail to the right to begin our circuit up the mountain. We found that some sections of the trail leading to the peak are quite rocky and require some careful footwork. I said more than once, “I wish I’d brought my walking stick.”

The Klondike Mountain summit is only 150 feet above sea level, but the panoramic views of the surrounding communities, islands, bays and classic rocky Maine shoreline made the scramble up worth the effort.

The trip back down skirts the waterfront where it meets up with the short Fowler’s Mill Pond Trail. This trail leads to an overlook near the remnants of Fowler’s Mill, a former plaster mill and grist mill. The water was high during our hike, so we didn’t see the remnants of this old dam. We backtracked the Fowler’s Mill Pond leg and reconnected with the Klondike Mountain Trail and back to the parking area.

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We were the only ones on this trail today. The only sounds were that of the birds and a distant lobster boat working in the bay. The hike, which is classified easy-to-moderate, took us about 45 minutes to complete with my lollygagging to snap pictures along the way.

You still have time to add this short, fun hike to your summer plans!

Look for activities at Klondike Mountain sponsored by the Downeast Coastal Conservancy like their Klondike Mountain Apple Fest and Super Moon Rise hikes.

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Map courtesy of Downeast Coastal Conservancy. Click for larger view.

Directions
From US Route 1 in Whiting, turn onto ME Route 189 towards Lubec. In 9 miles, turn left on the North Lubec Road at McFadden’s Variety Store. Continue 1 mile, look for the Klondike Mountain sign on your left at the top of the hill. Parking is in the field ringed with boulders.

Read more about this trail at Maine Trail Finder.