Sabattus Mountain (1,253 ft) in Lovell, Maine is an easy, family-friendly hike with sweeping views of the Lakes Region and White Mountains. Dad and Mom completed the 1.6 mile loop in about forty-five minutes at a relaxed pace, and Daughter went on ahead and finished in about half an hour. You can find a detailed description of this hike in the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, or the AllTrails app (download the map beforehand – not much cell service near the mountain).
The sign at the trailhead, located off Sabattus Mountain Road, credits cooperative efforts between the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Greater Lovell Land Trust (GLLT) with making possible public access to the area. A look at GLLT’s web site shows they have many educational activities to offer, and multiple other trails. The Sabattus Mountain loop trail, which passes through a variety of terrain, includes helpful markers identifying the flora (nice post here on their installation). We headed left at the loop to go up, and this seems like an easier ascent than the right/westerly path, which could be slick in rainy weather.
The views from the summit were as advertised on this clear day at the end of June, and there are even a couple park benches from which to relax and enjoy the scenery. Use caution with small children and dogs, as the cliffs drop off steeply. An observation tower at the loop junction is no longer there – just the base exists now.
After a stop at the summit, we completed the loop, returning to the trailhead. A great stop before or after this hike is the Center Lovell Market, which has everything you would want for a picnic, as well as a restaurant. Sabattus Mountain is not that far from beautiful Pietree Orchard in Sweden, which has a farmstand, pick-your-own fruit options, and pizza. And, as mentioned before on this blog, Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell is the perfect place to enjoy a Belgian beer.