Five Kezar Ponds Reserve
The Reserve is a combination of 294 acres north of the Five Kezar Pond road and 10 acres south of the road (304 total). The 10 acres were bought in 1980 by 12 families on Back Pond and deeded to the Greater Lovell Land Trust (GLLT) in 1998. The 294 acres were acquired by the Greater Lovell Land Trust in 2006, 2010 and 2018 through the generosity of members and friends of the Five Kezar Ponds Watershed Association.
There are two trailheads and four trails on the property.
“Ron’s Loop” is a self-guided trail that takes a 0.85 mile loop through the lower portion of the property.
The “Mountain Trail” is a 0.83 mile, steadily rising trail to the summit with a view south through the Kezar River valley and west to the Presidentials and White Mountains—an extraordinary vista!
The “Orange Trail” connects the Mountain Trail to Ron’s Loop.
“Tom’s Path” is a spur trail off the Mountain Trail, with several vantage points overlooking Middle Pond.
The Reserve is a combination of 294 acres north of the Five Kezar Pond road and 10 acres south of the Road. The 10 acres were bought in 1980 by 12 families on Back Pond and deeded to the Greater Lovell Land Trust (GLLT) in 1998. The 294 acres were acquired by the Greater Lovell Land Trust in 2006, 2010 and 2018 through the generosity of members and friends of the Five Kezar Ponds Watershed Association. The land's slopes and plateaus are host to an upland northern hardwood forest. A self-guiding trail guide takes visitors on a 0.85-mile loop trail through the lower portion of the property. Features include two streams that feed into Back Pond, a large moist area at the top of the trail where breeding birds are active, hemlock groves, and boulders from the last ice age. Surveys of birds, mammals, and plants are available at the kiosk. The Mountain Trail is a 0.83 mile, steadily rising trail to the summit. Once there, you can look south through the Kezar River valley, west to the Presidential and White Mountains and north to Evans Notch and Evergreen Valley. An extraordinary view! The Orange trail connects to Ron’s Loop, total 2.5 miles. And the Green Trail leads you out to several overlooks with an exceptional view of Middle Pond!
Ice Age Boulders — The boulders you see on the property are the result of the last ice age, during which time a massive continental ice sheet covered New England, reaching its southernmost extent around 21,000 years ago. As the ice sheet advanced from the north-northwest to the south-southeast, it forcefully eroded enormous quantities of soil and rock. These forces of erosion scoured and deepened the basin in which the Five Kezar ponds are located. In response to a shift to a warmer climate, the ice sheets rapidly melted and receded northward, leaving significant deposits of jumbled soil and rock material in their wake. Torrential flows of glacial meltwater were responsible for depositing the extensive sands and gravels found in the Five Kezar ponds area. Gigantic boulders seen along many areas of the Back Pond Reserve are distinctive in terms of their size and concentration, suggesting that, together, they define a moraine, a term geologists use to describe materials deposited at the margins of the ice sheet.
The Five Kezar Ponds Reserve is open to public use for these activities:
Hunting in season
These activities are not allowed:
Cutting and removal of vegetation
Camping and campfires
Access by water
Greater Lovell Land Trust
P.O. Box 225
Lovell, ME 04051
We are a private, non-profit organization of local volunteers and fellow conservationists from across the U.S. and beyond, protecting our region’s lands and waters in the interest of the public. We welcome new members and contributions such as help with land purchases, property easements, gifts, or volunteers for current projects. Please join us.
Species observed to date
Please forward any new observations to Dennis Smith, GLLT Database Administrator.