Encompassing almost 1,600 acres, the Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary offers a spectacular array of natural features, including rare mature forest, three pristine ponds (Sunrise, Midday, and Sunset), exposed mountain rocks, and sweeping views. Full Details. Don’t plan a hike around Borestone without a visit to Little Wilson Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Maine. Drive towards the Audubon Sanctuary and come to a parking lot just outside the gate. On the western lakeshore of Onawa lies Borestone Mountain. After 0.6 miles there is a railroad track. The Base and Summit trails combine to guide hikers up the craggy twin peaks of Borestone Mountain, which rises prominently to 1,981 feet. We took the Base Trail to where it meets the dirt road. Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary is a hidden jewel at the southern end of Maine’s celebrated 100-Mile Wilderness, a greenway running along the Appalachian Trail corridor from Moosehead Lake to Baxter Park that the Appalachian Mountain Club and its partners are tirelessly working to protect. The Summit Trail is not for anyone with a fear of heights. Uncut for more than a century, its forest is unlike much of the region’s spruce-fir and northern hardwood forest, which has been cut for timber every 50-70 years. Please leave your dog and other pets at home during your next visit. The Borestone Mountain Lodges and Sunset Pond, part of the nearly 2,000-acre Borestone Mountain Sanctuary owned by Maine Audubon. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. A trail, somewhat strenuous, leads to the top and an awe-inspiring view. Land Manager: Maine Audubon - Borestone Mountain Sanctuary. Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary is a hidden jewel at the southern end of Maine’s celebrated 100-Mile Wilderness, a greenway running along the Appalachian Trail corridor from Moosehead Lake to Baxter Park that the Appalachian Mountain Club and its partners are tirelessly working to protect. Enter your username, and we will send you a new, randomly generated password to your email account. Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary Elliotsville, Maine Trail Guide Encompassing almost 1,600 acres, the Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary offers a spectacular array of natural features, including rare mature forest, three pristine ponds (Sunrise, Midday, and Sunset), exposed mountain rocks, and sweeping views. The final ascent to the West Peak is over exposed ledge, sometimes requiring the use of hands for the climb. The lookout trail crosses the Access Road to a rock ledge that has an open view south over mountains and lakes. Ideas and advice on getting your family outside is on its way to your inbox. Boarstone Mountain is located on a Nature sanctuary spanning over 1,600 acres owned and Maintained by the Maine Audubon society. There are boardwalks that traverse the marsh to the far side where the loop begins. Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary is located in central Maine at the southern edge of the North Woods. Absolutely a Beautiful hike! There also are two steel hand/footholds set in rock. Success! Immediately after the bridge turn left up a hill on Mountain Road (there should be a sign at the turn for Borestone Mountain). You will indeed need to use your hands as this description suggests, as several spots provide iron rungs/railings to pull yourself up/guide yourself down. The nature center—with interpretive displays and information about the area’s natural and human history—is open most days between Memorial Day and Columbus Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children will enjoy listening for bullfrogs or searching for leopard frogs and red-spotted newts on the shore of Sunrise Pond, just outside the center’s doors. Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary is near the southern end of Maine’s “100-Mile Wilderness” forest. See all the best apartments currently available for rent near Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary. Although this is great for children 10+, I would avoid bringing kids that are sponsoring a teen in the program.Registration cost includes all meals, housing, instruction and boat trips. Cabins are available for rent within Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, between Midday and Sunset ponds. The sanctuary’s 1,600 acres include rare old forest, sparkling ponds, exposed mountain peaks, and spectacular views. Stay to the left as the trail right is for staff only. The trailhead is located next to a kiosk beyond a gate. A new password has been emailed to you. Great 360° views at both peaks. Here, signage identifies many of the visible mountains, ponds, and streams within the impressive 360-degree panorama. Wildlife here is abundant: raccoons, owls, and woodpeckers nest in tree cavities; pine martens hunt for red squirrels; and goshawks fly overhead, searching for grouse. Be prepared to use your whole body to climb in a few places, particularly where steel hand- and footholds are provided. Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge, Click on a parking icon to get custom directions. The trail reaches a dead end at a ledge above the cliffs that provides great views of the ponds below and the summit of Borestone Mountain. By walking up Access Road or Base Trail from the parking lot, one can reach the trailheads for the Sanctuary's other trails. Uncut for more than a century, its forest is unlike much of the region’s spruce-fir and northern hardwood forest, which has been cut for timber every 50-70 years. The final ascent to the West Peak is over exposed, green-blazed rock; keep the green triangles in sight to stay on-trail. Lack of mature forest habitat in Maine makes Borestone a special sanctuary for wildlife. Stay on the paved road across a bridge over Wilson Stream. Borestone Mountain is a mountain in Piscataquis County, Maine. Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary. The sanctuary is also home to a number of easier trails, including a wooden boardwalk. An alternative to the Base Trail is to walk 1.1 miles up the shale-covered Access Road. The Base Trail begins just beyond the gate at the trailhead next to a kiosk. Thanks to the Maine Conservation Corps, 130 stone steps help hikers ascend. For more information and to make reservations, contact Maine Audubon. All Rights Reserved. There was an issue with your submission. Hiking fees help Maine Audubon maintain the trails at Borestone: Maine Audubon members as well as children under six hike free; otherwise, trail fees are $5 per nonmember adult and $3 for nonmember students, seniors, and school group participants. There are … Break out the binoculars and scan the shoreline below for moose—they’ve been known to frequent this area. If you are seeking the summit, consider this scenic rest stop a fueling station Public toilets are located near the Visitor Center, located roughly halfway up the mountain. The diversion and return trip to the lookout from the Base Trail should take about 10 minutes. From the nature center, well-marked Summit Trail curves for 1.0 mile around the southern shore of Sunrise Pond. Maine Audubon, 207-631-4050 (June–September), 207-781-2330 (October–May), maineaudubon.org/find-us/borestone-mountain-sanctuary/, USGS Barren Mountain West quad; mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/borestone-mountain-audubon-sanctuary; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 41 (DeLorme). Trail Ratings 4.0 from 1 vote #1 in Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary #12594 Overall. Remember to keep your primary focus on the children, as the baldface summit does have steep ledges that kids should avoid. Borestone Mountain Base and Peregrine Trail is a 4.3 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Monson, Maine that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Uncut for more than a century, its forest is unlike much of the region’s spruce-fir and northern hardwood forest, which has been cut for timber every 50-70 years. It’s the Maine Audubon Society’s largest and least-known preserve. Continue uphill on the Base Trail for 0.3 more miles until it ends at the Access Road. The Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary features spectacular lodges located between Midday and Sunset Ponds. Picnic tables and benches surround the center. Bear right on to Elliotsville Road and continue for 7.6 miles. Among Maine’s most popular hiking destinations, Borestone Mountain offers a moderately strenuous climb that culminates with spectacular 360 … To reach the trailhead, head north out of the village of Monson on ME Route 15/6. The trail meanders down to a marsh area. Posted on July 14, 2019 ... At Borestone Mountain, you’ll have a hiking adventure a touch different—and perhaps a little fancier—than most others in Maine. Borestone Mountain Photo: Eva Matthews . COVID-19 Policy November 6, 2020: Maine Audubon is closely monitoring news, state, and federal CDC guidance regarding COVID-19, particularly recommendations related to K-12 schools and childcare centers. 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