Climbing Pleasant Mountain in Maine with Views of Mt. Washington

Climbing Pleasant Mountain in Maine with Views of Mt. Washington

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Reaching a height of 2000 feet, Pleasent Mountain rises abruptly from the west side of Moose Pond near Bridgton Maine. The 112-year old Camp Winona is perfectly situated on Moose Pond, which in reality is a medium-sized lake. Tori and I arrived at camp Winona a day early for the Maine Canoe Symposium which I’d been asked to present at and instruct several workshops at.

When asking some locals about hiking opportunities in the area, we came up with “Ledges Trail” and “Bald Peak Trail” which met at the summit of Pleasant Mountain and saw that both trails could be taken to form a perfect loop for a day hike of low-end, intermediate difficulty. Better still, we would get a beautiful view of the snow-covered, Mt Washington from the tip. It wasn’t long into our climb before the views got good and the weather was perfect! It took us under an hour to reach the summit where we hung out for a bit, ate some food and enjoyed a beer.

The descent down Bald Peak Trail was beautiful. It was quite steep at times though, but not nearly as steep as our ascent up Ledges Trail. It was longer however and did not provide quite as many views. None the less, there were some beautiful open areas as well as a gorgeous canyon and crystal clear creek. It wasn’t too long before we were back at the Jeep. The rental car place offered me an upgrade for 10$ a day and I was an easy sale. Turns out, the convertible hard top Jeep Wrangler is about the coolest vehicle you can drive in the state of Maine. Tori and I took the top off and drove back to camp Winona feeling about as free as a couple of birds. We missed our 11-month old son Wesley but we knew he was in good hands with family back home and we guiltily enjoyed our little baby-free adventure.

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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.