Quill Hill is one man’s stunning gift to all who visit the Rangeley Lakes.
Drive up 2,848′ Quill Hill for sweeping 360-degree views that include two mountain ranges. At the top, there’s a picnic area and a 4,000′, wheelchair-accessible path between two of the best viewpoints. Even die-hard hikers, who might normally shun a summit drive, enjoy this marvel of vision, persistence, and generosity. It’s history is inspiring.
History of Quill Hill
Opened in 2013, Quill Hill is the “crowning achievement” of Adrian Brochu, a Madison man who spent a lifetime in the lumber business. His son, Jason, says Brochu wanted the public to experience the spectacular views from this unique property. Moreover, “he wanted to include everybody – handicapped people, the elderly – everybody.” So, he got to work constructing a road to the top.
Brochu spent two summers moving dirt and rocks with heavy equipment. One summer he lived in a camper halfway up the mountain. Jason says is was a labor of love. Building and operating machinery “was what he really enjoyed doing.” When he got to the summit, Brochu constructed a picnic area that is wheelchair-accessibly and easy to traverse.
Brochu passed away on 2019. In his memory, his family plans to maintain this spectacular site and leave it open to the public. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. They invite everyone to enjoy Brochu’s legacy and ask only that visitors respect the property.
When to Visit
The road is open from early June through mid-October, weather permitting. If you’re going at the beginning or end of the season, check the website beforehand to make sure it’s open.
Directions to Quill Hill
The entrance to Quill Hill is on Rt 16 between Rangeley and Stratton. From downtown Rangeley, turn from Main Street (Rt 4) onto Rt 16 at the intersection by the Furbish Brew House. Drive 6.75 miles and look for the sign on the right. Enjoy beautiful views up the 4-mile trip to the summit. The road is dirt but well maintained and passable by any vehicle.
For More Information
For more information, and a panoramic summit video, go to QuillHillMaine.com.