Distance: 4.8 miles, round trip
Duration: 3-4 hours
Managed by: Mahoosuc Land Trust
Rumford Whitecap, rising only 2200 feet, is unrivaled in Western Maine for its open summit, bountiful summer blueberries, and extensive backcountry ski lines. This mountainous part of the Mahoosuc Land Trust’s 1100-acre Rumford Whitecap Mountain Preserve and Ellis River Conservation Area is a must-hike in any season. Many points along this hike provide breathtaking views of the surrounding area: the Mahoosuc and White Mountains to the west, Mexico Hills to the east, and the Androscoggin River Valley to the south.
To access the trails at Rumford Whitecap, be sure to park in the small lot or along the East Andover Road shoulder. Cross the road, pass around a gate, sign-in at register box, and enter an old log yard to find the trail.
The Orange Trail leaves left out of the log yard (north) and shares a snowmobile trail for a brief stretch. The hiking trail turns north and east, as the snowmobile trail departs west. The first section of the trail stays on a logging road before breaking off and heading toward the summit. Stay on the Orange Trail to the open ridge, where the remaining distance to the summit is marked by cairns, orange ribbon flags, and paint blazes.
The summit of Rumford Whitecap is owned in part by the Mahoosuc Land Trust and also by private landowners. Please respect private landowners’ rights and wishes by adhering to any signs and staying within the Land Trust property. This preserve also includes the somewhat-developed Yellow Trail, which meets the Orange Trail to traverse the ridge to the summit.
Took a wrong turn in the beginning we took a left unto ATV or snowmobile trail. other people did the same.
A little hard to find the right trail. Got confused by snowmobile trail. This hike is definitely worth the effort. The 360 degree views are amazing. This is my first badge. Can't wait to do more
The trail is much better marked than it has been in previous years. Thank you!!
It was a hot, hazy, sunny day. Sorry I missed the blueberries this year.
The trail was a blast, and even found a patch of blueberries to enjoy we a snack!
I did the yellow trail up & the red trail down. Beautiful views at the summit! Loved this hike!
I donated blood too many hungry mosquitoes today but the view from the summit was well worth it. This is the most amazing hiked I've ever done in my life including the Grand Canyon.
Easy to moderate trail.....beautiful sights when you reach the top....bring a blueberry bucket with you!
Absolutely beautiful day, great breeze (no bugs!) and the views are amazing.
Beautiful trail that I had totally to myself. I got lost, quite lost... partially my fault. It is a long story. Short version, just go up and back and you will be fine and have an amazing experience.
I will be back and really can't wait to show it to my husband!