Mt. Tir’em is the first “hike” for me this Summer. This is a hike that is not far from family whom we were headed to visit in the Waterford area. I remembered this hike being a challenge in high school, but also remembered being able to see for miles once I reached the top. I was not disappointed and enjoyed pointing out Long Lake in Harrison to my husband.
Mt Tir’em 1.4 m round trip
Waterford, ME 04088
Hiking, biking, dogs on leash, snow shoeing, bird watching, no fee, no restroom, no trash
visited June 2008
Open dawn to dusk
To Get There:
At the junction of Rt. 35 and Rt. 37 in Waterford town center, turn on to Plummer Hill Road, next to Waterford Inn. Trailhead is on left, unmarked. There is a small sandy spot to pull off the road and park. There is parking located just past the trailhead on the right at Wilkinson Community Center. There is also the Mt. Tir’em Cider Mill only steps from the trailhead. It was closed the day we went.
This is a rarely hiked area located in rural Waterford, Maine. It was described by an AMC chapter member as a hike suitable for families with small children.
We found the trailhead to begin with 5ft of even grading leading to a steep incline that rarely evens out during the entire 1,104 ft climb. The trail is mostly packed earth with roots. Some areas of the trail are ledge rock covered by pine needles and leaves. These areas can be a bit steep as well as a bit slippery.
The view at the top is worth the trip. Easily visible are Bear Mountain and Bear Lake as well as Long Lake in Harrison. There are many boulders to climb over and explore.
Notes: The trailhead is easy to miss. It is a small path leading in the woods and is unmarked. The most noticeable part of the trailhead is the pull over spot and two broken small bridges spanning the tiny culvert at the edge of the road. We did not see anyone else here the day we went, even though it was National Trails Day.We found lots of deer droppings all along the trail so there is definitely the possibility of seeing some large wildlife.
While we have only started out hiking this season and I am still a novice and a bit out of shape, I found this a challenge. It was similar to using a stair stepper for ¾ of a mile; even my dog was panting hard by the time we got to the top.