Peary Mountain

Ascent to ledges, Peary Mountain, Brownfield, ME

Peary Mountain (958 ft) in Brownfield, Maine, is named for Arctic explorer Admiral Robert E. Peary, Sr., a resident of neighboring Fryeburg from 1878 to 1879. The trailhead for this easy to moderate hike is located in Brownfield, Maine, off Route 113. The Maine Mountain Guide has a full description of this hike – I used the AllTrails app to follow the path. Follow Farnsworth Road about 1.3 miles from Route 113 to a small dirt/grass parking area on the right side of the road, just before a one-lane bridge over the Little Saco River. In the summer, this can also be reached from the west (Fryeburg) side, but the road can be closed in winter months.

View of White Mountains from ledges, Peary Mountain, Brownfield, ME

The signpost and trail through the woods at the parking area appear inviting, but these are for snowmobile trails (thanks, AllTrails), so cross Farnsworth Road and take a left into the woods just before the river (sign for Certified Family Forest). The quiet trail heads steadily uphill, turning from a woods road/snowmobile trail to a single track path (follow signs for summit) as it passes logging areas, and reaches the ledges facing the White Mountains. A well-placed stone slab bench surveys the panoramic view.

Trail to summit, Peary Mountain, Brownfield, ME

This is not, however, the summit (thanks again, AllTrails). Continue down the path, which winds east to the summit and a viewpoint facing Pleasant Mountain, distinctive for its mass (and its two cell towers). The whole out-and-back hike is about 2.7 miles total, and can be completed in about an hour or so, longer with smaller kids. We saw a couple small groups with kids and dogs on this hike, who did not seem to have a problem with the difficulty level. Blackberry bushes lined the open areas, and plenty of birds were out and about.

View of Pleasant Mountain massif from Peary Mountain summit, Brownfield, ME

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5 thoughts on “Peary Mountain

  1. Kelly MacKay September 15, 2021 / 5:54 pm

    I just learned About Robert E Perry in Battle harbour, an island off the Labrador coast of Newfoundland. Robert perry did his world report of his completed artic journey in 1909 from there, marconi station tower. I didn’t know there was a Maine Mtn named in his honor…


    • Undercover Hiker September 15, 2021 / 9:05 pm

      Nice fact. Yes, Peary had a lot of Maine ties, and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum on Bowdoin College’s campus in Brunswick (his alma mater) is also named for him.


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