Soooo many people. At the intersection with the Pond Link Trail, Little Jackson Mountain trail takes a sharp right (going straight will take you on to the Pond Link Trail). Never heard of Tumbledown 'til a few weeks ago when I passed on going there with a couple friends. On the night of 13 June – 14 June 1982, the British launched an assault on Mount Tumbledown, one of the highest points near the town of Port Stanley, the capital and succeeded in driving Argentinian forces from the mountain. To gain access to this trail, leave from the Brook Trailhead and follow the Little Jackson Connector for 1.1 miles. Then it’s a hike up the rocks to … Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain I never heard of Tumbledown Mountain when I moved to Maine seven years ago. Tumbledown Mountain in other blogs: Smudge Ink – 24 July 2015 Writing for Myself – 29 June 2015 1 Happy Hiker – 22 September 2013 Living in Portland – 1 August 2012 Northeast Adventures – 17 October 2009. Shortly after the turn, Byron Road is unpaved; continue to follow Byron Road approximately 4.3 miles to the Brook Trailhead pullout which will be on the right. The dirt road between Byron and Weld is un-plowed during the winter and serves as a snowmobile trail. Some of the headquarters trails connect to Center Hill and the base of Mt Blue, and the snowmobile trail connects with the statewide ITS. ), From West: Starting on ME Route 17 in Byron (22 miles south of Oquossuc or 13 miles north of Mexico), take Dingle Hill Road over Coos Canyon and the Swift River and drive approximately 5.8  miles (past the Loop Trailhead) until you see a pullout and signs for the trail on the left. This trail network accesses some of the most interesting features and most spectacular views of the Western Mountains Region of Maine. You get to a place in this ravine where you're on a ledge and have to pull yourself up onto this other ledge with no viable hand holds or places to put your feet. and Little Jackson so you can review the discounted Tumbledown Mt. Climbing further into a steep gully, the trail reaches Fat Man’s Misery, a narrow, chimney-like fissure in the mountain. Wouldn't recommend going down the Loop Trail or taking pets or small children. The upper portion of the trail provides a good challenge, but our 6-year-old managed it with ease and our 4 year old was able make it without too much difficulty, just needing a hand in a few spots. For an area this size it's a lot. ), From East: From the intersection of ME Routes 156 and 142 in Weld, follow ME Route 142 north 2.3 miles and turn left onto Byron Road. Because rock scrambling is an integral part of this trail, this is not an appropriate trail for novices, for less agile hikers, or for dogs. Which meant parking at the Brook Trail, trail-head, and doing a 1.3 mile road walk to the Loop Trail. The view south is dominated by the Tumbledown massif. The plan was to hike Tumbledown and Little Jackson. I never heard of Tumbledown Mountain when I moved to Maine seven years ago. You cross a few small drainage runoffs, but nothing of any consequence. and Little Jackson) for your leisure or corporate travels.We sell the best motels and hotels close to Tumbledown Mt. Above Tumbledown Boulder, the trail begins to rise steeply until it reaches the Great Ledges, a beautiful point with views of Tumbledown’s 700-foot southern cliffs. This was the first time I took the Pond Link Trail in 16 years. The first half of the trail is over an old rock-strewn logging road. Little Jackson Mountain Trail (7 miles roundtrip, 6 hours, challenging): This trail with good birding, attractive brooks, and splendid views can be reached via the Little Jackson Connector trail from the start of the Brook Trail. If you see people trashing the trail, say something. Tumbledown Mountain is one of Maine's outstanding summits. Had I not had my son with me I'd still be on that ledge. The Pond Link Trail ends at the Little Jackson Mountain Trail, just shy of that mountain’s summit. We both heard good things about the hiking and scenery in the area but neither of us had been there. View of Tumbledown's cliffs from Great Ledges, Rungs inside Fat Man's Misery as J Man climbs out of cave, Looking toward Little Jackson in background, Little Jackson beyond rocky Tumbledown peaks, Tumbledown Pond from ledges high on Little Jackson, Approaching Little Jackson's summit breaking into alpine area, Looking over alpine vegetation toward Tumbledown's peaks, Distant mountains with Jackson Pond below. I hike this at least once a year, and I just never get bored with it. If you're short or don't have the upper body strength (or both) don't attempt this trail alone. Download this stock image: View of Tumbledown Pond with Little Jackson Mountain - AAGK5A from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. Tumbledown stands out amongst its taller rivals. (Dingle Hill Road changes name and becomes first Weld Road and then Weld to Byron Road. My original plan also included North Tumbledown and Little Jackson, but it was too hot and buggy. Popular Trailhead during Social Distancing, © 2021 Maine Trail Finder. The 1.4 miles of Little Jackson Mountain trail (heading to the summit of Little Jackson) from the junction with Pond Link trail are steep to tree line. This has been our favorite Maine trail(s) for years. Tumbledown Pond can be found right beneath the western side of Little Jackson Mountain. The trail rises steadily from this point. Browse our hotels to find accommodations near Tumbledown Mt. Little Jackson Mountain is part of the same range as Tumbledown Mountain, but it is higher elevation and ledges offer a different perspective. This is a really, really nice and fairly easy route with big payoff in scenery and small crowds I hesitate to say that we started at Morgan Rd because it seems to be still fairly undiscovered. Tumbledown Mountain is situated 3700 feet southwest of Little Jackson Mountain. Trash on trailsides. After rains the day before, Loop Trail on Sept. 4 was prob more challenging than usual, esp for shorter adults less able to span and scramble. I always hike up the Loop Trail, which is steep and challenging and features Fat Man's Misery, and then back down the Brook Trail. References: “Tumbledown Mountain.” summitpost.org. I have hiked here for nearly 50 years and over the past few have seen things go from trail wear to trash, damage, trail locations that look and smell like an outhouse and this year more graffiti. Lovely, refreshing swim as a reward - maybe a dozen folks scattered around the pond perimeter, all cheerful and respectful of others. Forest managers notice and it's not going to bode well if popularity rises and trends continue. Overall, a worthwhile hike! I first became aware of it when I saw a series of mountain photos of Maine. The summit of Jackson Mountain is wooded, with no views, although the trail up offers a couple of open ledges with good views back over Little Jackson and beyond. Your log in attempt was not successful. Along the way, the trail ascends the East Peak and then drops into a saddle where it intersects with the Loop Trail before a short quarter-mile final ascent to the West Peak. The Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain trail network is composed of six trails and two official trailheads and provides advanced hiking to some of the most unique features in Western Maine. The ones whose burn pits and camping trash or used toilet paper is left for others to experience or deal with. Please be cautious. Check out the newest articles in MTF Stories! The trail continues along the ridge and rejoins the Brook Trail just short of Tumbledown Pond. Tumbledown and Little Jackson Mountains (3,470 ft) and the Stockbridge Branch valley to the north were acquired from Handcock Land Co. Aug. 2004: 6,063 acres on the southern part of the Unit in Twp. It is also easier to ascend this trail than to climb down. trails, a blue sign indicates the start of the Little Jackson Mountain Trail. Doesn't look like the weather is going to cooperate though.Thanks for sharing,Joe. Dogs off leash. 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 attacking British forces consisted of the 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards (2SG), mortar detachments from 42 Commando, Royal Marines and the 1st Battalion, 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles, (1/7 … The ridge walk affords excellent views across Byron Notch, as well as to Tumbledown Pond, the surrounding Tumbledown massif, and to neighboring Little Jackson Mountain. Fires are also prohibited here. Recently hiked Little Jackson Trail to Pond Link Trail and down Parker Ridge-which we do often. Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain. These are real climbing trails, wear proper shoes/boots. I followed that rough trail, and ended up near the back (north) side of Tumbledown Pond. Those photos are amazing! Web. SummitPot.org. Another Great Day Mountain Biking the Sugarloaf Ar... Mountain Biking the Sugarloaf and Bigelow Region. This sucks. It has definitely become a lot more popular in recent years. Respectful use of property. Tumbledown Mountain is located in the western region of Maine, North of Weld. You feel like you are alone at the top of the world. The Weld region is an awsome area.Icamped at weld lake did the tumbledowns,also found the unmapped trail up the backside of Little J.Over and up to Jackson and a wack over to North Jackson and back. A new password has been emailed to you. This trail begins at the Loop Trailhead and is the only trail leaving from this location. Hemmed in by the craggy Alpine 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. I fear the day we can't find a spot to park here but I'm sure its coming. Great report and photos. I have a camp up there and we decided to make the drive the night before, stay there, and hike Tumbledown Mountain the next day. The Battle of Mount Tumbledown was an engagement during the Falklands War.Mount Tumbledown, Mount William and Sapper Hill lie west of the Falkland Islands capital Stanley and due to their proximity to the capital, were of strategic importance during the 1982 War. 4 season beautiful mountain! I first became aware of it when I saw a series of mountain photos of Maine. Once you're past the half-way point, things get a bit more serious. The fairly sizable trail network at Tumbledown includes trails to the summits of both Little Jackson (3,434 feet) and Big Jackson (taller than Little Jackson). Carry in, carry out and tread lightly apply here. Parker Ridge Trail (2.9 miles, Advanced): According to the Appalachian Mountain Club, this is the oldest trail to ascend Tumbledown Mountain. At the junction of the Little Jackson Connector and the Little Jackson Mt. Specialized in soundtracks to film and TV, Milan Records has released classics soundtracks such as Ghost, Brazil, City of Interested in learning more about trails in Maine? They are causing other issues. A couple of well placed rungs would make that spot safer. This is where a decent pair of hiking shoes is useful. I expect this sort of behavior from the snowmobile/4 wheeler crowd-but not from hikers. They were held by the Argentine 5th Naval Infantry Battalion (BIM 5), a reinforced, cold weather trained and equipped, Marine battalion. The hike up Little Jackson is harder and longer than to Tumbledown, and it is very exposed, so be careful during inclement weather. I agree with the previous comments that this might be on the advanced side of a moderate hike. One of my favorite hikes. Mike organized the hike of Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson, a couple of superb 3000 Footers in the middle of Maine. I'd estimate that we saw more than 50 hikers and a dozen (all well behaved) dogs. Please try again. The Little Jackson and Tumbledown trails began together at the far end of the parking area. The trail here is wide and pretty easy to negotiate. Photo: Noah Meyerhans , CC BY-SA 2.0 . Not only are there far fewer hikers here, but this trail rises above the lake before it gets there, and opens up to a stunning vista of the lake, Tumbledown Mountain, and the surrounding valleys. This is a great hike, It is just fantastic up top. 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