Obtained in 1990, French Mountain (716') was the fi rst parcel
of land acquired by BRCA.
French Mountain Trail
Distance: 0.4 miles each way
Trailhead: A paved parking apron is located on the east side
of Watson Pond Road, 0.7 miles south of Watson Pond Road’s
junction with Route 27.
Description: From Watson Pond Road the trail immediately
heads east then swings south, climbing the ridge of French
Mountain (716') to reach a rocky precipice with stunning views
of Long Pond. As the trail opens up near the summit, the
views are of tiny Whittier Pond to the east with Rome Corner
behind it, Mount Phillip to the northeast, and Long Pond to the southeast. The trail continues along the open rocks until
its terminus above steep cliffs overlooking the northern end
of Long Pond. From here you can also see Great Pond, The
Mountain, and Belgrade Lakes Village. Turkey vultures usually
roost in French Mountain’s rocky face and often can be seen
riding the thermals overhead and looking for a meal.
French Mountain Trail Map