It was an easy day trip from Portland, and while the views weren’t anything incredible, the hike itself was so varied and interesting that I had such a nice time. With some peaks over 1,000 feet, these are the highest elevations in Maine south of the Saco River and comprise a large block of undeveloped land. The eastern trailhead starts from the west side of Rt. This camp was built in the 1940’s by the father of Sherwood Libby who was one of the Trust’s founders. Follow the Emery Corner Road for 2 miles until it ends at Sawyer Mountain Road. The Smith Trail is the nicest trail to the summit of Sawyer Mountain. We descended via the Sherwood Libby Trail, which proved to be a beautiful, winding meander through the woods, up and down several “hills”. Amazing rock walls for property boundaries made us appreciate the hard work the early settlers must have endured. Sawyer Mountain is a Mountain in ME. Easy to find and clear. Helene Marsh Harrower (from left to right), Lori Pratt Mckeown, Kari McCarthy and Lynn Perrotta holding her dog Peanut pause for a selfie while hiking Sawyer Mountain in … On the Right-Of-Way, note the nine-foot deep gullies though which the trail passes. Really dug this hike. Visit the Francis Small Heritage Trust online for more information or contact: Limerick Trailhead: From ME Route 11 in Limerick, turn on to the Emery Corner Road from near the mill. Turns out that was a different route. At approximately 0.4 of a mile in, the trail turns left sharply (marked by arrow signs), crosses a break in the stone wall, and levels off. Then modern vehicles caused the severe erosion that you see today. You won’t regret it. Limerick, or maybe was a private property marker from the 1800s. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Tighten your hiking boots; you’re about to go back in time. Great terrain. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing and is best used from May until October. A short distance past the camp, the Trust’s property lies on both sides of the old Sawyer Mountain Road. A Trust trail sign marks this junction. You might notice red blazes which mark the boundary; this is also the boundary between the Towns of Limington and Limerick. However, to reach the summit, continue straight. There's a much prettier trail from the Limington parking lot to the summit that isn't on this map. In addition to these official trailheads, visitors may also park along Shaving Hill Road in order to access the property from the south. Sep 4, 2017 - From Limerick: The Smith Trail starts from the back corner of the Limerick parking lot located near the end of the Sawyer Mountain Road. Picket Mountain [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY], Randall Mountain Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Sawyer Mountain Loop via Sawyer Mountain Road and Sherwood Libby Trail. This is due to a gift of land deeded from Pete and Linda Childs and Deanie and Bill Blake to the town of Limington. Hotels near Sawyer Mountain Highlands, Limerick on Tripadvisor: Find 8,560 traveler reviews, 98 candid photos, and prices for 437 hotels near Sawyer Mountain Highlands in Limerick, ME. Plan your road trip to Sawyer Mountain in ME with Roadtrippers. FSHT land is surrounded by private property so please be considerate of our neighbors. The trail crosses back into Limington where the summit is located 0.3 miles later. The trail is Felt like I might see Eric Rudolph or Ted kazynski in one of the cabins on way up. Perfect amount of incline. There are some steep areas, but nothing too taxing. This is especially significant since the Highlands are only 22 miles from Portland, the largest urban area in Maine. The trailhead is 2.5 miles south of the junction of Routes 25 and 117 on the right; or 2.4 miles north of the junction of Routes 117 and 11 on the left. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . The Smith Trail is ready to sweep hikers through nearly two centuries of Sawyer Mountain’s tumultuous history. Written by: Carey Kish Summit at Sawyer Mountain Carey Kish photo. You get two types of trails in this one hike-rocky and steep, and woodland roots and pine needles! Saw two owls and the usual number of squirrels. Interested in learning more about trails in Maine? With some peaks over 1,000 feet, these are the highest elevations in Maine south of the Saco River and comprise a large block of undeveloped land. This week, getting to the trailhead for the Smith Trail on Sawyer Mountain required keeping the AMC Maine Mountain Guide next to me and a couple stops to reread it. There is also a Terracache near this point. Sawyer Mountain Trail is a 6.4 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Limington, Maine that features a river and is rated as moderate. Decent walk to get some exercise, but I wouldn't recommend it, at least from the Limington side. The trail is marked with small wooden plaques, each of which bears a carved yellow turtle. The trail to the sign’s left leads to the Town of Limington’s scenic overlook. (Since we read other posts, we were not expecting a "view" at the top.). Turn right and follow the trail along the mountain ridge for another 0.3 miles to the summit. Enter your username, and we will send you a new, randomly generated password to your email account. Suffice to say I took Route 16 south; Route 25 to Porter; south on Route 160 to Limerick; left on Route 11 for 0.9 miles and left on Emery Corner Road and finally left on Sawyer Mountain Road which turned to dirt. May interesting things to explore along the trail. through nearly two centuries of Sawyer Mountain’s tumultuous history. At the end of the series of cliffs, first bear right and then left following the marked trail through a small pass. Moose, deer, beaver, mink, and raccoon frequent the area. Also ran into an old stone wall that went for what seemed like miles and likely either delineates Limington from 207.637.3510. The Sawyer Mountain Highlands are located about 30 miles west of Portland, Maine. Small is said to have owned the largest amount of land of any person who has ever lived in Maine. The Francis Small Heritage Trust, Inc. preserves about 1,400 acres. I thought I was being clever to use this app while hiking a trail recommended by Carey Kisch. The old road was the main access to homes and farms on Sawyer Mountain until the road was officially discontinued over 100 years ago. Getting There From ME Route 11 in Limerick, turn on to the Emery Corner Road from near the mill. The whole trip took us just under 3 ½ hours (4.9 miles). The property offers good views from the summit of Sawyer Mountain and gives access to other summits, small gorges, brooks, cascades, ponds, and wetlands. Turn right onto Sawyer Mountain Road and travel 0.8 mile. In 1668, Small operated a trading post a few miles northwest of Sawyer Mountain, at the confluence of the Ossipee and Saco rivers and the crossroads of three major Native American travel routes, the Sokokis Trail (now Route 5), the Ossipee Trail (now Route 25) and the Pequawket Trail (now … We saw the sign for the Sherwood Libby Trail, but most reviews we read were for the former, so we opted for that. Sawyer Mountain is situated southeast of Isle Au Haut, close to Rocky Mountain. Turn left on the Sawyer Mountain Road and follow it for 1.1 miles down and up hills to the parking lot which is on the right hand side of the road. Many black flies at the top. On the far side of the Sawyer Mountain Road, look for remains of the house and barns of the Sawyer Family homestead. Sawyer Mountain Highlands 1188 Cape Rd , Limington, ME 04049 E.P. It is 2.4 miles round trip and for part of the way follows the old Sawyer Mountain Road. Limington Trailhead: The trailhead and parking area are located on the west side of ME Route 117 at a sharp turn in the highway. There are cabins and homes right on the road, as well as numerous cemeteries and side trails. Bring your bug spray if hiking in spring. A well marked and well kept enjoyable intermediate hike. Everything was well-marked and easy to follow. I returned from the summit via High Pasture for a total of 5.1 miles. numerous trails and beautiful scenery.. a good family hike . The Sawyer Mountain Highlands rise more than one thousand feet over the floodplains of the Saco, Ossipee, and Little Ossipee rivers, supporting a diverse array … I went in from the Limington side, up and back from 117. Sawyer Mountain is displayed on the Limerick USGS quad topo map. Great views at summit. Limerick, Limington, Click on a parking icon to get custom directions. At 0.9 miles, you will pass the Estes Cemetery on the right. Look for the sign that marks the site of the whale oil light that was used for Portland Harbor navigation in the eighteenth century. My fiancé & I really enjoyed this trail! Traveled up in what felt like an old creek bed. Sawyer Mountain is visible from the ocean and sailors could line up the light with other points to guide their ships into the harbor. It was a good quick hike, though as other comments have mentioned, summit views are mostly blocked by trees. We went to the trailhead at Limington (117), got a map, and decided to go up the Sawyer Mountain Road. Continue up the road on the Right-Of-Way until you again reach Trust property. Would do again. The Smith Trail is the nicest trail to the summit of Sawyer Mountain. At 1.0 miles, a trust trail sign marks the junction of the trail and the “New Skidway” logging road. Please stay on the old Sawyer Mountain Road which is a legal Right-Of-Way across private property. The small cemeteries were an added plus. The Sawyer Mountain Highlands are located about 30 miles west of Portland, Maine. The Francis Small Heritage Trust, Inc. preserves about 1,400 acres. Dog friendly Limerick, ME 04048 The trailhead is located 2.5 miles south of the junction of ME Routes 25 and 117. PO Box 414 At 0.8 miles, the trail reaches “The New Road” which was built at the turn of the century to provide access to Sawyer Mountain from the Norton Road. Continue up the trail until you reach the Trust sign for the summit at the 1.5 mile mark. Several rare plant species, one endangered plant community, and an “exemplary” natural community have been documented in the area. Both are well-worth the effort. Please try again. Situated within an hour’s drive of Portland, this area is experiencing intense development. "The very best view, from the highest mountain (Sawyer) in Limington, now belongs to the residents of Limington. The trail to the summit of Sawyer Mountain on the Limington side is a 3.6 miles round trip and follows the old Sawyer Mountain Road. The Sawyer Mountain Highlands are located in the largest unfragmented block of undeveloped forested areas in York and Cumberland counties. For hundreds of years until the 1980’s, this road was level with the surrounding ground. Look for the sign that marks the site of the whale oil light that was used for Portland Harbor navigation in the eighteenth century. Great trail system. Whenever traveling off-trail (and even on-trail), be sure to bring a compass and a good map and know how to use them. Continuing straight, the trail passes a cemetery and the old trailhead where it once again climbs steeply up the old rocky road. Both on-trail and off-trail exploration of the area is encouraged. There was an issue with your submission. The trail continues along an old logging path. All Rights Reserved. Hikers are welcome to leave the trail and explore FSHT property. The summit is located in Limington just over the Limerick/Limington town line. “The Sawyer Mountain Highlands are located in the largest un-fragmented block of undeveloped forested areas in York and Cumberland counties,” according to the Francis Small Heritage Trust. Follow the old Sawyer Mountain Road to the right for 0.3 miles until you reach the next sign for the summit. At the point where the trail begins to ascend, bear left to the marked foot trail that parallels the old Sawyer Mountain Road. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage. A bit disappointing that there is no Northern exposure. Hiking in Maine: Time travel on Sawyer Mountain’s trails. Turn left and continue to the summit along the ridge of the mountain. I went 5/27/18, up the Limerick (West) side. Check out the newest articles in MTF Stories! Still about 3 hours. 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