Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks The Mountain (Rome), ME
Trails: Main Trail, Great Pond Loop, Outer Loop, Long Pond Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the trailhead 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No significant crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are well maintained and marked 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Wanting to get a short hike in before we went to the Farmington Fair in the afternoon, we decided to hike The Mountain in Rome. The Mountain is a small peak with a trail network maintained by the Seven Lakes Alliance. As is often the case, we decided to take a rather unusual route up the mountain, so I could complete a few short sections of trail that I had yet to hike.

We started up the Main Trail which we followed until the upper junction with the Great Pond Loop, where we turned right. After descending a short distance, we turned left at the lower junction with the Outer Loop. The Outer Loop is my favorite trail on the mountain and loops through beautiful open forest along the northern ridge of the mountain, passing a couple minor viewpoints along the way.

After reaching the far junction with the Main Trail, we turned left and followed it up and over the summit of The Mountain to the Long Pond Loop. We followed the Long Pond Loop to the viewpoint over Long Pond, which is the best on The Mountain. We paused here for a bit before descending back to the trailhead via the Main Trail. As with most of the hikes in the Kennebec Highlands region, The Mountain provides a nice trail network with good views for minimal effort. In the future, a new trail will also connect this trail network to the trails on Mount Phillips to the north.  
Name: Sam Shirley 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-09-19 
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