Best Hiking and Paddling Near Little Lyford – Staff Favorites

Here are some recommendations from our Maine Wilderness Lodge staff:

Nations Nature Trail [(easy to moderate) 1 ½ hours*] Take a walk on Nations Nature Trial, a 1.3-mile self-guided nature trail that circles Little Lyford Lodge and cabins. Ask the manager for the Trail Guide before setting out.

Hike Second Little Lyford Pond Loop Trail [easy to moderate) 1 ½ – 2 hours]* The 1.8 mile loop trail around Second Little Lyford Pond offers a relatively flat walk with good opportunities to spot moose and other wildlife.

Hike Indian Mountain [moderate to strenuous, 3-4 hours*] Indian Mountain is 4 mile round trip that offers excellent views to the north at its easterly outlook of Whitecap and Gulf Hagas mountains and, on a clear day, offers a great view of Mount Katahdin. At the westerly outlook, you can enjoy excellent views of Elephant Mountain and many of the areas ponds.

Hike Gulf Hagas [moderate to strenuous, 5 – 8 hours*] Gulf Hagas is a series of beautiful waterfalls situated in a deep gorge. The “Gulf” as it is referred to by the locals, affords the hiker with many opportunities for viewing waterfalls in all seasons and swimming in the warmer months. Depending on trail choice this 7 to11 mile round trip is an all-day commitment and hikers should be prepared with plenty of food and water.

Visit The Hermitage The Hermitage, a majestic stand of old growth white pine, was added to the National Landmark registry in 1968. The Hermitage is now a part of the Appalachian Trail corridor owned by the National Park Service. Drive 6.7 miles to the southern Gulf Hagas parking lot. The trail to the Hermitage leaves from here.

Canoe First and Second Little Lyford Ponds Take some time to tour the waters surrounding Little Lyford. To start launch your canoe from the dock on First Little Lyford. After you have covered pond number one take a short hike beginning at the dock on the north shore to pond number two. Remember to bring your life jackets and paddles.

Hike and Paddle Baker Pond [easy to moderate) 2 ½ – 3 hours*] Baker pond offers guests the chance for a remote yet comfortable hike. This 3 mile hike follows old logging roads until a signpost where the trail cuts left into the woods and leads to one of our most remote ponds. (Canoes on the shore of the pond but bring life jackets and paddles.)

Canoe Nearby Remote Ponds Take a short hike into one of our remote ponds and enjoy a peaceful paddle. These are great places to spot moose, waterfowl, beavers and other wildlife. Canoes are waiting at each pond. Ask the lodge manager for lock combination. Bring a life jacket and paddle.

Explore Closed Woods Roads (easy to moderate) 10 minutes – all day* Explore some of the many miles of closed logging roads in our Ecological Reserve. Remote but easy walking on gravel road beds. Paddle Long Pond  Take a short drive to Long Pond for a paddle on one of the largest ponds on AMC’s property. Long Pond is a wonderful place to see moose, loons and a myriad of other wildlife. Canoes are located at the boat launch on Long Pond Road. Ask the lodge manager for the lock combination. Bring paddles & life jackets.

*Hiking times are general estimates. Actual times depend on the persons/groups abilities and speed.

Additional Resources:

Maine Wilderness Lodge Hiking Guide

Maine Guidebooks and Maps from AMC