This moderate hike is a great option for families with skilled, young hikers. The loop offers a short, relatively steep hike to the top of a small mountain with spectacular views of Somes Sound and descends to a quiet ocean cove with a rocky beach.
- Distance: 1.5 miles round trip
- Terrain: Log and gravel steps. Becoming more rugged, traversing rocks and roots. exposed ledges, rocky granite and stone steps. Flat grassy terrain between Valley Cove and the parking lot.
Start the trail at Fernald Point Road and ascend through a forest on log and gravel steps.
The trail becomes becomes more rugged over rocks and roots, and then ascends exposed ledges before reaching the peak. Overlooks along the way provide views of Somes Sound to the east and the ocean to the south.
The trail continues north along the ridge, passes the summit markers, and descends to Valley Cove over rocky ground and stone steps.
The trail returns through forest along Valley Cove Road (foot traffic only) to the parking area.