Big and Little Chick Hills / by Greg Westrich

Let’s get the whole name thing out of the way. The Chick Hills are really Big and Little Peaked Mountains. Chick Hill is just north of Big Peaked Mountain. Since everyone knows the mountains by the wrong name, I’ll stick with that common usage.

An eagle making a flyover

An eagle making a flyover

Whatever you call them, they’re east of Bangor along the Airline right at the Hancock county line. You can see them from all around Bangor. They are a part of a collection of granite hills that include Bald Bluff Mountain and Eagle Bluff (a popular rock climbing spot).

Little Chick Hill from near the summit of Big Chick Hill

Little Chick Hill from near the summit of Big Chick Hill

The standard route up Big Chick Hill is the service road for the tower on the summit. Obviously, that’s not Wicked Wild. Rather than ascend the road, use it for your descent. Start your hike on the trail just to the right of the road. This trail winds through the woods then climbs steeply up Little Chick Hill. As you near the summit, you break out of the trees and follow along a cliff top with fine views. This section is what earned the mountain a place on the list.

Near the top of the steep section on Little Chick Hill

Near the top of the steep section on Little Chick Hill

The trail crosses over the summit and descends into the saddle between the two peaks. Turn left on the logging road and walk out to the tower access road. Follow it until it makes a sharp turn to the left. Go straight. There’s a rough trail that becomes more obvious as you climb. Like on Little Chick Hill, this trail follows slabs along a cliff face to the summit.

Nearing the summit

Nearing the summit

From the open summit, you have great views of the surrounding hills and Mount Desert Island in the distance. This is a great hike all year. In the summer, the granite slopes are bursting with blueberries. In the fall, the rolling country is awash with color.

Mount Desert Island from along the trail on Little Chick Hill

Mount Desert Island from along the trail on Little Chick Hill

After following the road back to the trailhead, you’ll have hiked 3.2 miles and climbed 1200 feet.

Chick Hill Road is 3.8 miles east of the junction of ME9 and ME46 in Eddington. Follow ME9 east. Turn left onto Chick Hill Road. The parking is on the left where the pavement ends.

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