Hiking

Best Hikes & Nature Walks

Western Maine Hiking

Sunday River is the perfect basecamp to access the best hiking in Western Maine, with nearby mountains and state parks offering everything from challenging backpacking trips to top family hikes and nature walks. All hikes listed here are located within 20 minutes of Sunday River and Bethel. 

Table Rock Summit lookout

Table Rock & Baldpate

The best short hike in Maine, Table Rock is a 2.4-mile roundtrip in Grafton Notch State Park with spectacular mountain views at the summit. Two trails allow for moderate or more challenging options, and for a longer hike continue up to Baldpate Mountain for 5.8-7.6 miles total.

Hiker in community forest

Summit Ridge

A newly opened trail in the Bethel Community Forest, the Summit Ridge Trail is a 3.2-mile out-and-back hike with a mild pitch and four different scenic viewpoints, including a look at the backside of Sunday River's Locke Mountain and White Cap. 

Hikers enjoying the view at the summit

East Royce Mountain

East Royce Trail is located in Evans Notch State Park, west of Bethel on the NH border. Short and steep, this trail provides great mountain views at a summit just 1.1 miles from the trailhead. Return from the top for a 2.2-mile roundtrip, or continue on connecting trails to reach additional peaks along the ridge south.

Dogs hiking on the trail

Mount Will

Located minutes from Sunday River right on Route 2, Mount Will is a 3-mile loop nature trail climbing gradually to open ledge overlooking the Androscoggin River Valley towards Bethel.

brook on long mountain trail

Long Mountain

Just south of Bethel, Long Mountain Trail offers a 4.7-mile roundtrip with views of Western Maine and the Presidential Range. The beginning of the hike is fairly mild, but at mile 1.5 the trail will begin to get steeper as you ascend the west face ledges. 

Trail runner

Glassface Ledges

Just east of Sunday River on route 2, Glassface Ledges Trail offers a family-friendly 1.6-mile roundtrip climb to a scenic looking over the Androscoggin River Valley.

Old Speck & Eyebrow Loop

Across the notch from Table Rock is the challenging Old Speck trail and the Eyebrow Loop. Following along the Appalachian Trail, Old Speck is 7.6 miles roundtrip, and the Eyebrow Loop adds 2.2 miles to the trek, with even more mountain views. 

Round Mountain

Located south of Bethel, Round Mountain is a 1.9-mile roundtrip as a moderate family-friendly climb with a summit loop around the Rock Castle rock formation and an open ledge with views.

Bethel Nature Walks

Area conservation groups maintain a number of easy, enjoyable nature walks and bike trails right in Bethel appropriate for any age or ability. Check out Valentine Farm, the Esker Loop, and the Bethel Pathway. 

Sunday River Hiking Trails

If you're looking to stay on resort for your hike, Sunday River's peaks offer 13 hiking trails

  • Follows ski trails and work roads along the base of three peaks from South Ridge to Jordan Bowl.

  • Follows the Lollapalooza ski trail to the summit of Jordan Bowl.

  • Connects from the Peak Lodge on the Backside and Polaris ski trails from the Maine Road or the Kids' Adventure Trail. 

  • Double track walking path in a shady evergreen forest starting slopeside at the Grand Summit Hotel. 

  • Follows Three Mile Trail to additional ski trails and single tracks across three peaks from the Peak Lodge on North Peak, across Barker Mountain, Locke Mountain, and White Cap. 

  • Follows work roads on ski trails between the Grand Summit Hotel and South Ridge Lodge through White Cap and Barker Basin. 

  • From the South Ridge side of the Road Runner trail, follow a work road under the Chondola, then return via the Maine Road trail or ski trails. 

  • Winds through the woods along the Dream Maker ski trail and passes by Eddy the Yeti's house. It is accessible from South Ridge Base Area, the South Ridge trail, the Maine Road trail, or from the Sensation trail. 

  • A loop trail following a path through the woods uphill from the Grand Summit Hotel. 

  • A steep trail through the forest, uphill from the Grand Summit Hotel. It is accessed from the Summit Hotel Loop or the Summit Traverse. 

  • Multiple scenic stops along the traverse of four peaks, including Jordan Bowl, Oz, Aurora Peak, and Spruce Peak. It is accessed from the Lollapalooza trail, the Summit Traverse, Spruce Cliffs, or the Kids' Adventure Trail. 

  • Access the top of Oz Peak from the Western Traverse trail for a scenic view. 

  • Travel across Spruce Peak to the Summit Traverse from the Western Traverse. 

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