My friend Jason and I hiked this one together, because I was bringing my church youth group up a couple weeks later to hike it, and I wanted to make sure I knew what we were getting into first!
We started about 1:00 in the afternoon from Stratton, and took our time, stopping regularly just to chat, and look at the wildlife. Got some nice pictures of deer, chipmunks, and other interesting things.
About a third of the way into the hike it turns a little steep for awhile, but not so steep you have to use your hands at all to climb. Once you get past that steeper section, it just feels like a relaxed stroll through the woods most of the rest of the way.
At one point near the end you come into a clear spot where you can see beautiful views of Flagstaff lake to the north. And, as you look ahead, you catch a glimpse of the peak, which appears to be a ways off...but in reality, once we saw the peak we were only 15 minutes hike away from it.
Cranberry Peak is one of several peaks in the Bigelow Mountain Range, between Kingfield and Stratton, Maine. There are some nice views of Flagstaff Lake along the way, and Cranberry Pond is a nice scenic spot. (Although the water there is laden with bacteria - do not drink it!)