Seems like only yesterday that we were firmly in winter’s cold and snowy grasp, doesn’t it? What an amazing transformation in just a couple short weeks, a little late in coming but welcome nonetheless.
It was winter indeed when I visited Bauneg Beg Mountain in North Berwick a few weeks back, a beautiful blue bird day but more than enough snow underfoot to require snowshoes.
This little gem of a mountain is a special place, it being the only major mountaintop in York County that lacks an adorning communications tower. Imagine that!
Yep, the good folks at the Great Works Regional Land Trust, in concert with concerned locals, saved this small corner of relatively wild heaven from development a few years back, and now there are 89 sweet acres and several miles of hiking trails for the enjoyment of anyone willing to seek them out.
Trundle the Bauneg Beg Trail pleasantly and easily upward through a mix of forest types to stand on the summit rocks, where you’d hardly know you were just three miles from busy downtown Sanford and Springvale.
Views extend northwest to Pleasant Mountain and beyond to the jumbled peaks of the White Mountains. To the southeast, glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean are possible through the trees. Westward you can see the Blue Hills of New Hampshire.
Take a detour on Tom’s Way for some added exercise. Explore the rocks of Devil’s Den. Then wander over to the semi-open North Peak before circling back to your car. It’s a wonderfully fun short outing of several miles walking and a couple hours max if you take your time.
I kind of doubt you’ll need snowshoes now for this hike, but you may want ice creepers. Other than that, pack a fleece and a sandwich and a cold one and go enjoy!
For more information on Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area and the GWRLT, check out my article in the Maine Sunday Telegram from two springs ago, “Bauneg Beg hike is short, views are grand.”