|Mountain Walks in Southern Maine|
Matt and I choose to go here for a winter walk/hike of the Ring Trail. This 1.5 mile loop wraps around most of the mountain. Below is information to recreate our hike.
|Ring Trail wraps around the base of Mt. A|
- The Ring trail is an easy hike with slightly moderate sections if taking a trail to the summit (like Fischer or Blueberry Trail). This is a great hike for nature-lovers looking for a leisurely walk, families with small children, or someone wanting to be introduced to hiking. Almost anyone can enjoy part of this mountain.
- We started out going West on the Ring trail. At Fischer Trail, we got off and went up to the summit. At the summit, we enjoyed clear views of the coastline as well as mountain views of the Ossipee mountains and White Mountain foothills. We were bummed we didn't bring a sled, because children and adults were enjoying the gradual and wide sledding hill. We headed down Vulture's View trail and reconnects with the Ring. Continuing through the winter forest, we eventually got back to our car. We were out for about 1.5 hours and had a fabulous time.
|Heading down the mountain on Vulture's View|
- Traction: Although this is a "small" hike, you want to make sure you bring appropriate gear. Snow and ice on the trail made traction a recommended item. Since it had been over a week since the last snow, snow shoes would work, but wouldn't be preferable. The best choice for these conditions was to use a less cumbersome form of traction. Matt used a pair of Yak Trax and I used Microspikes. This was perfect to grab the ice and prevent us from slipping.
- Water and snack
- Layered cold weather gear including jacket, warm layer, warm hat, and gloves
- Snow boots and warm socks
- This is a great area to hike, view nature, sled, and picnic. We saw families enjoying time together in the snow. The ring trail encourages young hikers by offering a page to a Moose themed story every 200 feet or so. You and your child can enjoy the 1.5 miles and be entertained by the story.
|Children sled on the summit|