Monday, August 27, 2018

North Berwick: Bauneg Beg Mountain

Bauneg Beg Mountain in North Berwick is a nice short hike, perhaps 30 minutes each way. The summit is partially open and affords views of Mt. Washington to the northwest, and the ocean on the east. The land is managed by Great Works Regional Land Trust and is open to the public.

entrance from Fox Farm Hill Road
(lettering not legible in photo, I typed it in)

The trail starts at the parking lot and uses a number of short wooden trestles to cross seasonally-wet areas, although it was bone dry during our August visit. Don't follow too closely - the protocol on these trestles is one person at a time. If you are behind someone on the same trestle, one of you may get tossed off if the other tips it! Most were solid but we did encounter one tippy one.

The trail ascends through the forest and over occasional diagonal water diverters. We went to Middle Peak, which is open. A side trail leads to a secondary (wooded) North Peak summit. Get the trail map from the link below so you don't get confused by connecting side trails.

We followed "Ginny's Way" which is a gentle ascent. "Linny's Way" is more rugged. The Middle Peak lookout is 866' elevation - higher than Mt. Agamenticus.

View of radio towers on Mt. Hope, Sanford, from summit

Kathy at the summit

Mt. Washington - not clear in photo due to haze

Getting there: 

  • From North Berwick, head north on Rte 4 towards Sanford 2.1 miles. 
  • Left on Boyle Road, continue straight across Valley Road as it becomes Ford Quint Road, about 5.5 miles.
  • Left on Fox Farm Hill Road, sign and parking lot on left, about 0.3 miles.
Cost: Free
Hours: Open year round, dawn to dusk
Picnic potential: no tables
Rest rooms: none

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