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Pleasant Mountain Trails Temporarily Closed

Statement from LELT

At the request of local first responders, all Pleasant Mountain trails are closed effective today, April 2, 2020 until further notice.

Please understand the care that went into this decision. The capacity of our rural healthcare system and the health and safety of first responders are our utmost priority.

We recognize and appreciate the importance of time outdoors for mental and physical well-being. LELT’s 11 other preserves and 20 miles of trail remain open at this time. We encourage you to find respite & relief in nature – be it in your own backyard, on a walk around your neighborhood, or on an easy trail close to your home.

It is critical that all individuals and families who head outdoors follow guidance from Maine conservation & natural resource officials:

  • Find the right time and place
  • Be prepared before heading out
  • Heed all COVID-19 health warnings.

Please follow all LELT posted use guidelines when visiting LELT preserves.

These are uncertain and confusing times. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we navigate these uncharted waters together. Conservation is forever. The trees, trails, mountains, and special places we all know and love will be there for us on the other side.

Stay safe & be well. 🌲

Statement from Denmark Fire Department

It was not an easy decision for our Department to recommend to the staff at Loon Echo to close the Pleasant Mountain Trails. Three of the four trail heads for Pleasant Mountain are located in Denmark, as is most of the trail system.

Even the most prepared, experienced hiker can have an accident while hiking, not to mention the hikers who are not prepared. Many of the Pleasant Mountain trails still have considerable ice, along with mud conditions.

There was a rescue on Pleasant Mountain Sunday, March 22nd that required nine volunteer fire/rescue departments and State agencies with over 60 rescuers. This was the fourth rescue call on Pleasant Mountain in the last year.

Our First Responders are already stretched thin dealing with the pandemic. This type of backcountry rescue requires a large number of personnel to work closely with each other and the public. The topography of the Pleasant Mountain trails preclude the use of off-road vehicles to transport a patient. The patient must be carried out by hand on a stretcher with multiple teams of eight people taking turns.

Please consider walks in your neighborhood rather than driving to the mountains (even small ones) until we all can get through this pandemic. We greatly appreciate your cooperation in following the recommendations of the Loon Echo Land Trust. Enjoy a walk through your neighborhood or utilize one of the many other preserves that are not nearly as remote as Pleasant Mountain.

Social Distancing on the Trails

Please Read: Three Steps for Mainers to Follow Before Heading Outdoors

In this time of great uncertainty, heading outdoors to local preserves and trails is a great way to reduce stress levels and stay healthy. Get outside if you can, and to take care when you do to ensure the safety of others.

We ask all trail users & preserve visitors to adhere to the following guidelines when visiting LELT preserves and trails:

  • If the parking lot is full, the trail is full. Have a plan B and C. Consider waiting or seeking another place to be outdoors. Visit www.mainetrailfinder.com or click here for a full list of places we protect.
  • Do not use the trails if you have symptoms, have traveled recently, or have been exposed to a known or suspected case of COVID-19. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, bring hand sanitizer.
  • Stay six feet away from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk or hike.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Be prepared. Trail conditions vary wildly from preserve to preserve and from parking lot to summit. Wear or carry traction, and poles if you have them.
  • Stay within your comfort zone- don’t be afraid to turn around. Stick to easy trails to avoid injury and further stress on the local healthcare system.
  • Keep dogs on the leash. This will prevent inadvertent close contact with others.
  • Practice Leave No Trace. Carry in, carry out. There is no trash service at any of out preserves.

Preserves Conducive to Maintaining Physical Distance

** If the parking lot is full, please do not visit the preserve. Have a plan B or come back at a different time.

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Updated 3/30/20