Parker Ridge Trail was a very enjoyable ascent—although notably steeper as you go. Parker Ridge Trail: This trail is the oldest route to the pond. Glad I had my Garmin InReach Mini which allowed me to get back on the trail. Take a sharp left onto this road. 10-3-20: This is the way to do Tumbledown and mostly avoid the crowds. Parker Ridge Trail: This trail is the oldest route to the pond. Pond Link is the easiest of the trails, and sees very little foot traffic. Description: Tumbledown Mountain has a network of six trails on it and the adjacent Little Jackson Mountain. Advanced): According to the Appalachian Mountain Club, this is the oldest trail to ascend Tumbledown Mountain. Little bit of snow still on trail to Jackson Mtn. Any “trails” between these peaks should be treated as a bushwhack with requisite navigational skills. Lots of tracks so I was able to manuever down this trail without a lot of trouble. Straight off the summit if you go to the side of the ledges you can see tumbledown and the pond. Took the easiest trail, the brook trail, several miles in from paved road. 142 B ass 142 CART Center Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Once you get above the tree line, it's hours of hiking with spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see. Thankfully the trail was ice free. This isn't a hike I'd want to do in wet or icy/snowy weather as a good portion is on open face and rock. We got the last parking spot near the Parker Ridge Trailhead (there is a larger lot further down the road.) I descended along Parker Ridge Trail, which has some more amazing views as well as some really astonishing geological features. So why did I not discovery this hike for 30 years?? Not a bad ascent to the point between Little Jackson and Jackson Mtn. 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. Tumbledown Mountain Trail Loop. Steep and rugged at times but got a good workout. One mountain kept coming up; Tumbledown. Took a side trip to Jackson Mtn. On the way down it’s a little rough on the knees. The trail eventually comes out into the open and traverses Parker's Ridge. It will kick your butt. Tumbledown Pond via Parker Ridge Trail Loop is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phillips, Maine that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. Anything else was constructed unofficially and is therefore considered unreliable. 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. The descent was again sparsely travelled. 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. Tumbledown Mountain Trail. We hiked up Little Jackson Connector to Parker Ridge Trail and as soon as Tumbledown Pond came into view, we stopped for lunch. In the distance, surrounding the pond, were Tumbledown Mountain, Little Jackson Mountain and Jackson Mountain. View from Little Jackson was great. You can tell that the Brook Trail is used extensively. 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. I would categorize the loop as a whole as "hard," with moderate and easy sections. This is the junction with Parker Ridge Trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until September. Hiking Trail Conditions Report: Peaks: Little Jackson Mountain, Tumbledown Mountain, ME: Trails: Jackson Trial, Parker Ridge Trail Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Took the little Jackson connector trail back to the trail head. Be … 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. As we hike, we'll discuss all things Tumbledown: geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife, and current issues facing the mountain. Tumbledown Mountain, Tumbledown Mountain - East Peak, ME: Trails: Parker’s Ridge Trail, Tumbledown Ridge Trail, Pond Link Trail, Little Jackson Trail: Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Parking/Access Road Notes: Mine was the lone vehicle at the Morgan Road trailhead parking area. Lots of fun climbing up and down rocks. Morgan Road to Little Jackson was fine for them and the Parker Ridge Trail return was pretty good. That loop around the back of the Pond is wild terrain. As you can see, a few wet areas too. Got turned around a couple of times looking for the trail. 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. Nice to be on a trial that someone is not striving to cultivate into ADA complaint. 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." Not much to see except for a small building and a helicopter landing platform. Tumbledown Mountain includes three peaks, 700-foot cliffs and a pond near the summit. Would definitely recommend this hike, actually you can take Morgan Road and go straight up little Jackson and around back down to the pond and back up tumble down and back down the trail head. The trail ends at the alpine pond where it meets the Loop, Parker Ridge, and Pond Link Trails. This is not accurate. The section that runs from the summit of Little Jackson down to the north peak of Tumbledown is not markes because it is not official and is not maintained. 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. The trail approaches from the southeast and initially rises moderately but steepens as it passes over three ledges. This gnarly hike navigates the chimney-like fissure known as Fat Man’s Misery via iron rungs and is recommended for ascent only. 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. We made it down to the pond where Parker Ridge Trail ends. Tumbledown Mountain, ME: Trails: Loop Trail, Tumbledown Ridge Trail, Parker Ridge Trail, Little Jackson Connector, road walk: Date of Hike: Friday, June 7, 2019: Parking/Access Road Notes: Byron to Weld Rd is in good shape, one car in the Brook Trail lot at 7 am, 5 or 6 when I returned at noon. Dana Thurston of Raymond on the Tumbledown Ridge Trail with Tumbledown Pond and Little Jackson Mountain in the background. Vous pouvez prendre Parker Ridge 2,8 km jusqu'à l'étang Tumbledown, si vous le souhaitez. As you get higher there are cairns again and the trail gets easier to follow. Photo by Ryan Linn. Parker Ridge Trail: This trail is the oldest route to the pond. Once on the ridge, we hopped over rocks painted with lichen of all colors and between dwarfed trees and shrubs. This bit connects Brook and Parker Ridge Trails with the end of the Loop Trail and, eventually, the West Peak of Tumbledown. Feb 12, 2017 - Tumbledown Range, as seen from Parker Ridge. Also, the trailhead for all but the Loop Trail is located off Byron Rd. Heading up Parker Ridge, with a view of Tumbledown Pond and Mountain. I descended along Parker Ridge Trail, which has some more amazing views as well as some really astonishing geological features. Be careful if taking this path. This is an inaccurate map and is not a valid hike. It’s gradual at first but then turns challenging as you climb over ledges to reach the top. 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. DON'T MISS IT! The trail itself initially follows an old logging road before steeply ascending the mountain to Tumbledown pond. 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. Windy but not too cold. Dana Thurston of Raymond enjoys the view from the Parker Ridge Trail on Tumbledown Mountain. It's a best bang for the buck hike. Byron Rd had just been graded and was in great shape. Many people do this as an annual hiking event. I started from the Morgan Rd. A parking area is provided along the Byron Weld Road. Tumbledown and Little Jackson via Parker Ridge Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Weld, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. This trail goes over East Peak and to the junction of the Loop Trail. Tumbledown Mountain is accessed via (going from West to East) the Loop Trail, Brook Trail, Parker Ridge Trail, and the Pond Link Trail. So, we figured that it would be quite easy to find the trail head. The trail eventually comes out into the open and traverses Parker's Ridge. Alltrails: please update your map using this official map. Views are spectacular. Trail is washed out and muddy near the top as well but I’m sure later in the season it will be fine. On the Brook Trail there are also several areas that have pretty severe erosion going on. Send Coffee!! 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. Tumbledown Mountain, Tumbledown Mountain - East Peak, ME: Trails: Parker’s Ridge Trail, Tumbledown Ridge Trail, Pond Link Trail, Little Jackson Trail: Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Parking/Access Road Notes: Mine was the lone vehicle at the Morgan Road trailhead parking area. We'll take the Brook Trail to Crater Lake (Tumbledown Pond), before descending along the Parker Ridge 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. We took the Tumbledown Brook trail to the top. Parker Ridge Trail (2. Photo by Ryan Linn. Planned to hike over to the pond however the trail was not well marked and we got significantly off trail! Leaving the alpine pond, you'll come to the Tumbledown Ridge Trail. I cannot recommend it to someone who is not a comfortable hike AND familiar with the mountain already. This trail is over mostly open ledges. Not actually winding, but tiring for sure. Some neat striations in the rock on Parker Ridge. Dana Thurston of Raymond makes the climb at Tumbledown on the Parker Ridge Trail Photo by Carey Kish. The trail ends at the alpine pond where it meets the Loop, Parker Ridge, and Pond Link Trails. There has not been an officially maintained trail that links Little Jackson and Tumbledown for at least a decade. Proceed past this junction 0.2 miles, following blue blazes, to the summit. It is much more than a bushwack, but can be follow once you've found it. - See 19 traveler reviews, 12 candid photos, and great deals for Weld, ME, at Tripadvisor. My favorite hike is up the Parker Ridge trail. Great trail but bad time of year for it. Photo by Ryan Linn. When this was taken the iron rungs (fat man's misery) were covered in ice. 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. 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.) I began hearing about this early this spring, but (for some reason)just didn't get to this one...despite the fact that we hiked something almost every weekend. MODERATE 4.7 mi. Fantastic hike with excellent views. Photo by Carey Kish. Did the loop in a counter clockwise direction. Hiking Tumbledown Mountain in Maine. The downhill side of Little Jackson as you head towards Tumbledown gets steep fast and begins the tough portion of the hike. It’s gradual at first but then turns challenging as you climb over ledges to reach the top. I tried to head up to Jackson but the snow was too deep and the trail is not very well marked. One of the several trails up Tumbledown. This link has the official trail map: Tumbledown is a very popular in Maine. We definitely lost elevation with this connector trail, one must go down to go up on this one. The trail eventually comes out into the open and traverses Parker's Ridge. It is a short walk in from the parking area. Had to use GPS to verify location on way up. Hikes & Brews: Tumbledown Mountain and Tumbledown Brewing The west and main peaks of Tumbledown and Tumbledown Pond, as viewed from the Parker Ridge Trail 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. Description: Tumbledown Mountain has a network of six trails on it and the adjacent Little Jackson Mountain. This is a wonderful hike, great payoff in views for one that is relatively short. Trail Work 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. My new favorite hike in Maine. From here Parker Ridge descends steeply and footing is difficult. Heading up Parker Ridge, with a view of Tumbledown Pond and Mountain. We will be back to investigate what we did wrong but it was a beautiful hike! Two trails diverge from this trailhead. We attempted to find the trail that goes to Jackson peak from Tumbledown, but did not see a clearly marked one. 5. We made it to the bald peak across from the lake easily, but on our way down around the far side of the pond we must have missed a left turn because we ended up looping around the pond to the top of the Parker Ridge Trail, despite following what looked like a good trail. Tumbledown Mountain, Weld: Address, Phone Number, Tumbledown Mountain Reviews: 5/5. The Parker Ridge trail is located right where Pond Link ends, and is marked with a sign. Josh Christie photos Parker Ridge Trail: This trail is the oldest route to the pond. Parker Ridge Trail Tumbledown Mountain Trail and Parker Ridge Trail Loop. You will climb steeply away from the pond to an open ridge with stunning views. If you want a more vigorous hike, do the loop in a clockwise fashion. This hike starts at the Brook Trail trailhead off of Byron Road, ME. Alpine tarn at summit is highest elevation pond in Maine. Easy first mile gives way to much steeper climb over boulder fields and numerous waterfalls. This was done by the Maine Conservation Corps, which the State also hired to work on the Parker Ridge Trail and on the Little Jackson Trail in 2012. I descended along Parker Ridge Trail, which has some more amazing views as well as some really astonishing geological features. NOTE!! A very good day if the weather cooperates. I then proceeded down the trail on the backside of Little Jackson down to the pond. Super fun bushwack to get to the Little Jackson summit, we got lost at the start of the climb but after that hiccup the path was pretty easy to make out and there were plenty of cairns to guide us. The trail itself initially follows an old logging road before steeply ascending the mountain to Tumbledown pond. I have two Siberian huskies and while they enjoyed most of the hike, the scrambles up ledges were eventually a bit much for them. Lots of dipping down into the tree line and then back up to exposed rock sections of the trail. Take the Little Jackson Connector trail, marked with blue blazes, 1.1 miles to the next junction. To the right is Tumbledown Pond with North Peak rising behind it. Trailhead. Best bet is to arrive at the parking area (near Brook Trail) early although there is a lot of parking on the side of the Byron Road. The trailhead is 3.7 miles from the east end of Byron Road by a large parking area just uphill from a brook crossing. Note that Byron Rd is not maintained (not plowed) from November to May. The Parker Ridge Trail, though also steep, is a more beautiful and a less rocky descent. Trail Work A total of 10 miles on my watch. Cette randonnée commence au sentier Brook Trail au large de Byron Road, ME. I also carry a compass and paper map so I wasn't too concerned. According to the Maine Mountain Guide (8th ed., AMC), this is the oldest trail up Tumbledown. Note: This is not a hike to attempt in wet or icy/snowy weather as a good portion is on open face and rock. A short spur ascends to West Peak also. Can't wait to do this one again and camp overnight. Parker's Ridge Trail According to the Maine Mountain Guide (8th ed., AMC), this is the oldest trail up Tumbledown. This, however, was not the case. Once back at Pond Link, take this blue blazed connector trail 1.1 miles to Tumbledown Pond. Love it! To gain access to this trail, leave from the Brook Trailhead and follow the Little Jackson Connector for 1. The trail in the wooded section between Tumbledown and Little Jackson could use some work. There a review here that says not to bring a dog. 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