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One-minute hikes: Eagle Bluff, Clifton, Maine

Posted Nov. 01, 2011, at 10:49 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 01, 2011, at 3:58 p.m.
A view from the top of Eagle Bluff in Clifton, Maine
A view from the top of Eagle Bluff in Clifton, Maine Buy Photo

 

Hike difficulty: Easy to moderate. There is a relatively steep trail to the summit, but there is also an easier trail around the base of the cliffs that can be walked with snowshoes in the winter.

How to get there: At the intersection of Route 9 and Route 180 in Clifton, Maine, turn onto Route 180 and drive 2.5 miles until you see three unmarked trailheads on the left. The trailheads should begin right after a gated dirt drive. If you reach Springy Pond Road, a dirt road on your right, you’ve driven a few hundred feet too far.

Information: Eagle Bluff has an elevation 512 feet above sea level and is a well-known rock climbing area with more than 130 routes up its vertical rock face. From the granite summit, you get a view of Cedar Swamp Pond and Peaked Mountain, also known as Chick Hill. When hiking, make sure to follow orange and blue markers. The average hike to the summit takes about an hour, but you can spend much longer exploring the trails. To reach the summit, take the first trail on your left after the gated road (driving South on Route 180) and bear left. When you come to another intersection, bear left again. If you prefer to hike a loop around the cliffs, which also has great outlooks, then veer right. Some trails intersect and there is no signage.

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