My friends Ben and Melissa did this hike with me, We hit the trail at about 11:10 in the morning. We hiked for just a few minutes before we came to the fork between the Tumbledown Trail and the Little Jackson Trail. We went left here, and did a bit of downhill (who wants to do that when you're just starting out a hike?). We came to a stream that we had to jump across rocks to cross, and then we began the uphill.
At first the slope was gradual, and it was a pleasant and easy walk through the woods. After about a mile, though, the incline started to increase dramatically, and the going gets a bit tougher.
Pay close attention to the blue blazes; they're there, but they're not always close together, and sometimes there are a couple ways that look like they might be the right way to go.
When you start to come out of the trees and up onto the boulders, be sure to look behind you; there's a great view of Webb Lake and Mount Blue.
Hike was truly awesome. Took us (Mike, age 13/Kristi, age 28 and myself, age 50) just over 2 hours to get to the top, where you will find the most beautiful pond. We started hiking at 7am, took our time and many breaks to take photo's. This is the first hiking adventure we have taken besides Mt. Pisquah in Winthrop, Maine, but will be trying another trail on Tumbledown in October. The view at the top is just spectacular and can't wait to see it during the foliage. Met many people as we headed down around 9:30am, much quicker going down. We did change our socks and shoes at the top so we had dry feet for the trip back down. (more...)
Tumbledown is a popular hike in Weld, Maine, near Webb Lake and Mount Blue State Park. It is known for its nice pond near the summit, which is good for swimming - for those who want to brave the cold! Beautiful views abound at the summit.