A friend and I hiked the Stuart Gross Trail today at Great Pond Mountain in Orland. Despite the intermittent rains and clouds, the trail was surprisingly crowded.
The trail climbs gradually through a series of forested switchbacks until opening to a rocky ledge. Once near the summit, there are two spur trails - the 0.3 mile summit loop and the 0.1 mile south overlook. The summit loop is a forested loop across the top of the mountain.
The views from the top of Great Pond Mountain are exceptional, made even more so by the fall foliage.
The total hike was a little over 3 miles. Here is a map of our hike.
Great Pond Mountain is part of the larger Great Pond Mountain Wildlands land trust. For more information visit https://www.greatpondtrust.org/.