Tumbledown Mountain Loop Trail
Though short, the Tumbledown Mountain Loop Trail is an extremely challenging hike involving a large amount of rock scrambling and a climb through a narrow hole in the rocks using rungs. The top of Tumbledown provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains, opportunities to swim or wade in the mountaintop lake, and a large flat area to rest and refresh before heading back down.
Once at the top the trail runs along the crest of the mountain and then down to a mountaintop lake, where we took a lunch break and relaxed. We took the Brook Trail down, which was easier than the Loop Trail.
Here is a map of our hike. Another map is below.
|View from the ridge line that precedes the final ascent. Its nice to see where you are going over the next 1/2 mile.|
|The open ridge line before the ascent.|
|The initial part of the trail has some steep sections but nothing compared to the final 1/4 mile to the top.|
|The final 1/4 mile looks alot like this...|
|Fat Man's Misery. Note the rungs on the left and right side of the photo.|
|After passing through Fat Man's Misery, the trail comes to the top of the mountain and meets up with a trail running across the top. There is still some climbing and descent but after the Loop Trail it feels easy.|
|Trail along the top of the mountain.|
|Descending to the lake.|
|Approaching the lake.|
|To the left is the Loop Trail, to the right the Brook Trail.|
Mt Blue State Park Campground
Mt Blue State Park's campground is an excellent place to stay when exploring the mountains in this area.
Some campsites have electric hookups. There are pit toilets and sinks in close proximity to most sites, and the bathhouse has flush toilets and free private hot showers. The bathhouse was relatively clean.
The park itself has a number of hiking trails, the more challenging of which are in a separate section on the other side of the lake. There is a nice shoreline trail near the campground with views across the lake.
There is also a nature center and a beach with a lifeguard, although the roped swimming area is very shallow.
Reservations can be made online. Firewood and ice are available for purchase at the ranger gatehouse. We had no cell phone reception anywhere in the area with the exception of the top of Tumbledown Mountain.
Mosquitoes were plentiful at the campsite so I'd recommend a bug head net and bug spray.
|View across lake|
|View of lake and beyond from swim area and beach|
|Morning before sunrise|
|Campsite with picnic table, fire ring, electric hookup and water|
|Trail from campsite to beach|
|Trail along lake|