Quill Hill

Description

Quill Hill is a public access hill that is privately owned and managed. Some of Maine’s best and most accessible vistas may be seen from the hill. Quill Hill is located between the communities of Rangeley and Stratton. The access road is just off Route 16. A four-mile dirt road climbs to the peak at 2,848 feet. The road is extremely well maintained and there is enough parking at the summit for ample vehicles of any size. The hill offers a vantage point with views of Tim Pond, Rangeley Lakes, Saddleback, Saddleback Lake, and more. It’s the only peak in Maine with a 360-degree panorama that can be reached by car, bike, ATV, and motorcycle.

Aside from the views, the hill offers more. A wood-fired barbecue (wood provided) and picnic tables are located just below the summit. You may either walk the 3/4 mile wheelchair trail or drive two minutes to the summit from here. Visitors are invited to gaze at the stars, but the proprietors ask that they not stay the whole night.

From late May to mid-October, Quill Hill is available 24 hours a day to all types of vehicles, including automobiles, motorbikes, ATVs, and RVs. The gate will be locked for the rest of the year, but guests are invited to trek, ride, ski, or even snowmobile to the top.

Specs

  • Type: Hill summit
  • Elevation: 2,848 ft
  • Prominence: 638 ft
  • Parent mountain: Quill Hill

Hiking Info

  • Easiest trail: Quill Hill Trail
  • Trail distance: 8.1 miles (out and back)
  • Trail difficulty: Hard
  • Trail popularity: Low
  • Elevation gain: 1,384 ft
  • Estimated hike time: 3-5 hours
  • Accessible by car: Yes

Location

  • Address: Quill Hill
  • Town: Strong
  • State: Maine
  • GPS: Lat 45.04449 Lng -70.52173
  • Parking notes: Quill Hill has a parking area right at the summit which is open 24 hours a day from late May through mid October to vehicles of all types. The remained of the year, the gates to the summit are closed, but visitors are welcome to access the summit via a hiking, biking, skiing, or snowmobiling.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE

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