Easy first mile gives way to much steeper climb over boulder fields and numerous waterfalls. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Favorite seasons to visit: Mid- … I finished by taking the Parker Ridge trail. It will kick your butt. Now we are headed up the East peak via the Tumbledown Ridge Trail. 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 It's mostly level on the way in, some up and down but just a pleasant hike. Top of Little Jackson is mostly snow free and the views were spectacular. I would categorize the loop as a whole as "hard," with moderate and easy sections. Once on the ridge, we hopped over rocks painted with lichen of all colors and between dwarfed trees and shrubs. You are above treeline for most of the time from Tumbledown to well past Tumbledown Pond. 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. After about a half mile of easy hiking, Tumbledown Mountain’s Parker Ridge Trail departed left and Little Jackson Trail began climbing steadily in a predominantly deciduous forest. There has not been an official trail that directly connects the peaks of Little Jackson and Tumbledown for more than a decade. DON'T MISS IT! From the trailhead, follow the Little Jackson Connector for 1.1 mile. We got the last parking spot near the Parker Ridge Trailhead (there is a larger lot further down the road.) Anything else was constructed unofficially and is therefore considered unreliable. Note: This is not a hike to attempt in wet or icy/snowy weather as a good portion is on open face and rock. The trail approaches from the southeast and initially rises moderately but steepens as it passes over three ledges. Snow was frozen so I was able to walk on the surface but wished I had brought my microspikes. 6/4 Solo hike. After about a half-mile of easy hiking, Tumbledown Mountain’s Parker Ridge Trail departed left and Little Jackson Trail began climbing steadily in … 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. The descent from Little Jackson to the base of Tumbledown was much more difficult. Little Jackson Trail is amply marked with blue blazes and carins. The trailhead is 3.7 miles from the east end of Byron Road by a large parking area just uphill from a brook crossing. 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! These posts have been tagged with Tumbledown Mountain ME, or are within 1.5 miles of it. Also, the trailhead for all but the Loop Trail is located off Byron Rd. I would have to agree with others about the dogs. A few weeks ago (May 13th), I hiked Tumbledown Mountain (3054 feet) which is located in Western Maine. After nearly 3 miles on Parker Ridge you will return to the Jackson’s trail. 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. Advanced): According to the Appalachian Mountain Club, this is the oldest trail to ascend Tumbledown Mountain. 'hour. Not just uninterrupted views, but a variety: rolling hills, lakes, peaks, and cool rock formations - not to mention the challenging trails. Heading up Parker Ridge with a view of Tumbledown Pond and Mountain. 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. 3. 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. Tumbledown Mountain is accessed via (going from West to East) the Loop Trail, Brook Trail, Parker Ridge Trail, and the Pond Link Trail. Lots of soft snow between Tumbledown and Little Jackson. In the distance, surrounding the pond, were Tumbledown Mountain, Little Jackson Mountain and Jackson Mountain. I descended along Parker Ridge Trail, which has some more amazing views as well as some really astonishing geological features. It gradually rises through the woods before leading up a steep, rocky ridgeline, then down to Tumbledown Pond. Easy first mile gives way to much steeper climb over boulder fields and numerous waterfalls. As we hike, we'll discuss all things Tumbledown: geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife, and current issues facing the mountain. bogblogger wrote a review Nov 2016. MODERATE 3.9 mi. I don't think there's another mountain in this part of the world that offers such amazing views of itself as Tumbledown. The Parker Ridge trail is located right where Pond Link ends, and is marked with a sign. Empruntez le sentier Little Jackson Connector, balisé de blazes bleus, jusqu'à la prochaine intersection. C'est la jonction avec Parker Ridge Trail. 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. Trailhead. It is roughly 2.5 miles in length and takes approximately 2 hours to hike at a brisk pace. All in all, a very good workout today. Retrace your steps back to the pond. This bit connects Brook and Parker Ridge Trails with the end of the Loop Trail and, eventually, the West Peak of Tumbledown. Can't wait to do this one again and camp overnight. From Tumbledown Pond, the Tumbledown Mountain Trail follows an exposed route over bedrock trail to the top of the ridge beyond, then drops steeply into a notch to meet the upper end of the Loop Trail. Many people do this as an annual hiking event. Be careful if taking this path. It's a best bang for the buck hike. This is the junction with Parker Ridge Trail. To reach the tarn right below the summit of Tumbledown, you have essentially four options: the 1.9-mile Brook Trail, the 2.9-mile Parker Ridge Trail, the 2-mile Loop Trail, and the 3.4-mile trek up the first part of Little Jackson trail over to Pond Link. I cannot recommend it to someone who is not a comfortable hike AND familiar with the mountain already. As you can see, a few wet areas too. The trail eventually comes out into the open and traverses Parker's Ridge. At the far end of the ridge the trail began to drop, blocking Tumbledown Mountain from view but continuing to provide nice views over Lake Webb. Any “trails” followed between the Little Jackson and Tumbledown peaks should be treated as a bushwhack with requisite navigational skills. Official Tumbledown trails, of which there are several, are clearly marked with blue blazes and/or carins. This is an inaccurate map and is not a valid hike. On the Brook Trail there are also several areas that have pretty severe erosion going on. 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. My favorite hike is up the Parker Ridge trail. Side note: Parker Ridge Trail was the original trail to Tumbledown. We'll take the Brook Trail to Crater Lake (Tumbledown Pond), before descending along the Parker Ridge Trail. Open face ledge walking views are beautiful all the way up. 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. 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 trail eventually comes out into the open and traverses Parker's Ridge. We took the Tumbledown Brook trail to the top. On the way down it’s a little rough on the knees. You can take Parker Ridge 1.8 miles to Tumbledown Pond, if desired. Little Jackson Mountain trail: 3.5 miles; branches off the Parker Ridge trail to climb Proceed past this junction 0.2 miles, following blue blazes, to the summit. Trail was in great shape with only one tree down BUT was snow covered (2-4 feet) on the top third of the trail. Little bit of snow still on trail to Jackson Mtn. Josh Christie photos As you get higher there are cairns again and the trail gets easier to follow. 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.) Alltrails: please update your map using this official map. So why did I not discovery this hike for 30 years?? Lots of fun climbing up and down rocks. NOTE!! 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. An awesome hike. From the pond, continue 0.6 miles on Tumbledown Mountain Trail to the junction with Loop Trail. Lots of tracks so I was able to manuever down this trail without a lot of trouble. 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." I had my dog with me and had a blast. Feb 12, 2017 - Tumbledown Range, as seen from Parker Ridge. 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. Trail Work 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. Then took the Pond link trail to Little Jackson Trail. The trail ends at the alpine pond where it meets the Loop, Parker Ridge, and Pond Link Trails. 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. From there to the pond, the place was quite busy. Activities: Hiking. The foliage views were stunning today! It’s gradual at first but then turns challenging as you climb over ledges to reach the top. 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. On the Brook Trail there are also several areas that have pretty severe erosion going on. Glad I was going down and not up. The trail in the wooded section between Tumbledown and Little Jackson could use some work. Tumbledown Mountain Trail Loop. You can take the trail to Little Jackson and cut over to Tumbledown Pond using the Pond Link Trail but we haven't done that yet. I also carry a compass and paper map so I wasn't too concerned. Great trail but bad time of year for it. 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. I took an indirect route (Parker Ridge Trail) to the top since I misinterpreted the trail … Views are spectacular. 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