Noyes Mountain

Trail Stats

Location: Greenwood
Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 2.4 miles, round trip
Duration: 1-2 hours
Managed by: Western Foothills Land Trust

What to Expect

In the 1890s, landowner Isaac Noyes began mining ledge on what is now Noyes Mountain, which became a mecca for scientists and collectors alike, offering one of the most complex mineralized pegmatites in Maine. Tourmaline was first recorded here in about 1904 and over the years the green color found at this location has become known as “Harvard Green.” The granite pegmatites Noyes collected were largely preserved and passed into the possession of the Harvard Museum, together with the lease of the property, in 1917. The land, which has been the subject of images as the backdrop for Lake Pennesseewassee, is also notable for its wildlife habitat, rare plants, minerals, and cultural significance.

The parking area and trailhead are located at 172 Richardson Hollow Road, Greenwood. The parking area will accommodate about 6 cars. Beyond the parking area is a kiosk which welcomes trail users into two large hayfields and the non-motorized woods trails beyond.

To get to the summit, hikers and runners should take the Noyes Trail from the parking area and proceed on the Harvard Trail to the forested summit (1,503’), and then descend slightly to the viewpoint and to the Harvard quarry mine (0.4 miles more) if desired. Return the same way or opt to take the more rugged Perham Trail option for a loop hike. It is 0.8 miles from the parking area to the summit with a 600-foot elevation gain. There is an eastern trail on site, the Willard Trail, which follows the old county road all the way to Greenwood City. No vehicles please.

Ready to Claim Your Digital Badge?

Submit your entry

To claim your badge for Noyes Mountain, please first login or create an account.

Adventurers' Log





Adventurer:

slabslr

Completed Noyes Mountain on:

09/29/2018

Trail Notes:

Steep in places





Completed Noyes Mountain on:

07/31/2018

Trail Notes:

Steep but short trail. Amazing view and mine.





Adventurer:

Gagson

Completed Noyes Mountain on:

07/22/2018

Trail Notes:

There is a lot of blowdowns on the cascade trail





Adventurer:

Laura_Ann

Completed Noyes Mountain on:

07/11/2018

Trail Notes:

Nice trail.... newish, so soft ground in spots. Be careful of footing when going back down. Great views. A variety of terrain made for a interesting and pretty hike. I was there for about 1.5 hours with a solid 15 minutes at lookout. This is a very family friendly hike.





Completed Noyes Mountain on:

05/28/2018

Trail Notes:

Nice spring hike up Noyes via Noyes/Harvard Trail and descent via Perlham Trail. Very well marked and nice footing. Dry trail conditions unusual for late May but a very nice hike





Adventurer:

kbernard

Completed Noyes Mountain on:

10/15/2017

Trail Notes:

Thought I submitted this entry back in October but it wasn't showing up on my profile - oops! Really fun fall hike! Great directions to the trail head.





Adventurer:

BrikerHikers

Completed Noyes Mountain on:

01/21/2018

Trail Notes:

Very well marked! We took Noyes trail up, stopped to check out the mine, and Perham trail down. A little slick going down in winter, but we enjoyed it! Took about an hour. Great little hike!





Adventurer:

BlondAmbition

Completed Noyes Mountain on:

11/25/2017

Trail Notes:

The Perham Trail is definitely "more rugged" especially covered in leaves.





Adventurer:

Mike

Completed Noyes Mountain on:

11/11/2017

Trail Notes:

Great to see the new kiosk going up in the parking area. Great family hike with a light dusting of snow in our old Richard Hollow Road neighborhood. Thanks to Western Foothills Land Trust!





Adventurer:

mrsbski

Completed Noyes Mountain on:

11/15/2017

Trail Notes:

Beautiful day for a hike to check out a new trail.