Sabattus Mountain is nestled in the small western Maine town of Lovell. It’s a bit of a drive from Portland, but if you pair the hike with another mountain in the region it is well worth the 90 minute drive from Portland as the views are some of the best in the area.
Sabattus Mountain is located on Sabattus Trail Road, a dirt road off of Sabattus Road not far from the center of town on Route 5. The 1.4 mile loop trail is managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and is open daily from sunrise to sunset. There is a small parking lot at the trailhead that fits about 5-6 cars.
The trail starts from the parking lot and splits about 100 feet in from the start. The trail is a loop trail so either direction is fine. I took the right trail and headed up towards the summit. The trail is marked occasionally with yellow blazes, but even if you can’t find the markers, the trail is well trodden.
The trail is a gradual climb of about 500 feet to the granite summit at 1253 feet. I found the trail up on the right side to be a steady climb that gets you just out of breath if you hike at a steady pace. There are no steep climbs or rock scrambles, but definitely a lot of tree roots to watch out for as you’re walking. Trust me, you don’t want to belly flop on the trail holding your DSLR camera.
It took me just under 30 minutes to get to the top of the mountain and I was awarded with beautiful views of the surrounding White Mountains, the ski trails at Shawnee Peak, and Kezar Lake. One of the best features of the cliff, other than the stunning views, is the two memorial benches at the top for you to rest on or perhaps quietly read a book on a sunny fall day.
The cliff area is wide so explore all of it to get the best views of the region. Just make sure you stay away from the edge as it is a rapid drop down. I definitely plan on hiking this mountain again in the fall season to see the changing leaves. People are allowed to hunt in the area so please wear orange and use caution during hunting season.
I found the trail down (the left side trail) to be slightly narrower and more direct to the bottom with slightly less roots. Before I knew it, I was back at the parking lot. The total 1.4 mile loop took me just under an hour hiking at a steady pace (including the 15 minutes at the top). The hike is both kid and pet friendly. Again, just make sure you keep a close eye of them at the top.
Sabattus Mountain Quick Facts:
- Location: 0.7 miles up Sabattus Trail Road (small parking lot on the right)
- Mileage: 1.4 mile loop trail
- Elevation: 500 ft hike (summit is 1253 ft)
- Time: ~ 1 hour
- Difficulty: Easy to moderate