In 2004 BRCA, in collaboration with Pine Island Camp,
acquired 207 acres on Mount Phillip (755'), including the
hiking trail and summit.
Mount Phillip Trail
Distance: 1.4-mile loop
Trailhead: A parking lot is located on the north side of Route
225, directly across from Starbird Lane, 1.5 miles east of Rome
Corner (the junction of Routes 27 and 225).
Description: The Mount Phillip Trail is a loop trail and
can be followed in either direction; counterclockwise is
described here. The trail, marked with blue blazes, leaves
from the northeast corner of the parking lot heading east
and in less than 0.1 miles splits. Bear right to follow the
trail counterclockwise. The trail passes though a grove of tall mature pines then heads northwest up Mount Phillip’s
eastern slope, gently climbing through a mixed forest of
hardwoods and evergreens.
It continues up to a rocky ledge
on Mount Phillip’s eastern side at 0.6 miles and crosses the
ledge westward to a rocky, partial summit clearing (755').
After enjoying views of Great Pond to the south and the
Kennebec Highlands to the west, continue the loop trail by
descending to the west, then turning in a southerly direction
and dropping down into a stand of mature hemlock. Follow the trail back to the junction and the parking lot.