Frenchman’s Bay Preserve– a 10 mile trip through Baker Hill, Long Ledges, Schoodic Bog and Schoodic Mountain
Distance: 10 miles total. Many options for varied distances from 1 mile hikes up to 10 or more miles.
Location: Sullivan, Maine. Just off route 1 on Punkinville Rd.
Parking: Four possible parking areas. Three belong to Frenchman’s Bay Conservancy and one is part of the Donnell Public Reserve Lands. Bathrooms available at the Donnell Pond parking lot.
Use: Good for hiking, running, snowshoeing. Not for biking or x-country skiing. ATV trails cross through many sections of the hiking trails near Schoodic Bog and up Schoodic Mt.
Wildlife: Saw many signs of bear, deer, beaver but didn’t encounter any.
Wilderness Experience: Although the trail at Baker Hill Preserve starts very near to busy Coastal Rt 1, the sounds of traffic disappear quickly. You enter thick forests as you head north and really feel the wilderness especially while traveling the new Schoodic connector trail. As you get closer to Schoodic Bog Preserve you can hear the ATVs riding along the Downeast Sunrise Trail and the many multiuse trails around the mountain. We could smell the gas fumes often as we climbed the back side Schoodic. Met one person in the bog but otherwise only saw 6 people at the summit, all who had come up the shorter route from Donnell Pond.
Trail: Mostly forest floor, roots, rocks, moss, pine needles make for a pleasant hiking surface. minor ups and downs along the first 4 miles. The climb up Schoodic follows an atv trail with loose rocks ranging from pea gravel to softball sized stones and open ledges. It is fairly steep along the last half mile and the footing can be tricky. Just watch carefully for loose gravel.
Summit: Excellent 360 views from the peak of Schoodic. The top is open apart from a communications tower. Clear views to Acadia to the east and Tunk, Caribou and Black mountains to the west.