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Peaks
Peaks Jackson Mountain , ME
Trails
Trails: Byron Road, Weld Road, logging road, unnamed trail, Jackson Mountain Trail, Little Jackson Mountain Trail, Pond Link Trail, Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Large parking area was overflowing by mid-afternoon  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Some wet areas required care to get around 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are all well maintained with the exception of the Brook Trail  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Minimal  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Today I made a big loop up and over Jackson Mountain and Tumbledown using the backcountry trail along the Stockbridge Branch of the Swift River. I parked at the Brook Trailhead and started with a road walk along Byron Road. I walked about 3 miles before turning right onto another dirt road which soon reached a gate. I followed this road beyond the gate until just before it reached a very derelict bridge over the Stockbridge Branch. Here, the trail to Jackson Pond & Jackson Mountain left the road heading northeast.

The trail was quite a nice trail and it followed the Stockbridge Branch at gentle grades for quite a while, before turning southeast and becoming steeper. It passed through some very nice forest and the stream valley had a very remote feeling. The trail itself was mostly clear and there were only a few wet sections, all of which could be bypassed. Upon reaching Jackson Pond, I spent some time at the cabin there before heading up Jackson Mountain. The total distance from the gate to the Jackson Mountain Trail is about 5 miles.

After summiting Jackson Mountain, I headed down the Little Jackson Mountain Trail, before turning right onto the Pond Link Trail. Up until this point, I had only passed a handful of people, all on the Little Jackson Mountain Trail, but that all changed at Tumbledown Pond. As usual, the area around the pond was a madhouse with a crowd of people swimming, fishing, yelling, and playing music. I didn't linger long, before quickly descending the Brook Trail. The Brook Trail is still an eroded disaster and was packed with people. I don't think I was out of earshot of people the entire way down.

All in all, it was a great hike, except for maybe the last 2 miles, and I really enjoyed the trail along the Stockbridge Branch to Jackson Pond.  
Name
Name: Sam Shirley  
E-Mail
E-Mail: newenglandskier13@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-07-26 
Link
Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaineHiking/permalink/2625367834272261/ 
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