Mt. Will (1,736 Feet )

Mt. Will is located in the towns of Newry and Bethel in Western Maine. It is a smaller mountain but does have both south and north facing cliffs that offer fantastic views, especially in the winter. There is a three mile loop trail that crosses just below the summit. It is a great short hike if you are looking for a few hours to spend outside.

Views from the south cliff.

Views from the south cliff.

There is a signed parking area located on Route 2, in Bethel; across from the transfer station. It is a small parking lot but there is room for several cars and there are no fees charged. The trail begin in the back right corner of the parking area. Almost immediately there is a fork and you must decide to go north or south first. Views from the north cliff are not as impressive as the south cliff, so I would recommend hiking it clockwise.

View from the north ledge

View from the north ledge

As you begin to hike there are some informative signs that were designed by local high schoolers that describe the flora and fauna you may encounter along the way. This part of the trail is also actively logged but managed for deer overwintering habitat, notice the hemlocks are left.  North cliff is 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot, it is about 630 feet in elevation and offers views of the Androscoggin River Valley. From here the trail continues to climb moderately, and the South Cliffs are reached in another mile. These are approximately 730 feet in elevation, and offer views to the Mahoosuc Range to the Southwest. Heading down the trail from here will bring you back to the parking lot, completing the loop.

 

These trails are very well maintained and easy to follow. They are blazed in blue, which at times seems like overkill. I would recommend this hike to pretty much anyone in decent health. Dogs are allowed and are frequent visitors of the trail. We hiked this trail in January and enjoyed expansive views thanks to the lack of foliage. It is a pleasant and not overly difficult hike.