Posts Tagged ‘Trails’

Together Outdoors

Are you looking for ways to gather safely with family this Thanksgiving? Consider a walk or hike outdoors! (Remember to wear a mask and keep your distance.) Here are our recommendations for outdoor spaces that are suitable for all ages:

**NOTE: Hunting is allowed on all LELT lands. Please wear blaze orange when visiting LELT preserves & trails.**

1. Mayberry Hill Preserve, Casco 

Part of the Loop Trail at Mayberry Hill Preserve

A relatively flat, one-mile loop trail on the preserve features benches and rock walls. A great place for a stroll in the woods.

2. Peabody-Fitch Woods – South Bridgton

Loop trail at Peabody-Fitch Woods

Check out the new trail built to universal access standards at Peabody-Fitch Woods. Just half a mile, this trail is flat, gravel surfaced, and has benches along the way. Explore the grounds of Narramissic after you’re done. Head up the quarry trail for more of a challenge & a look back in time.

3. Bald Pate Mountain Preserve, South Bridgton

One of the views from the top of Bald Pate

An easy-moderate hike that rewards you with great views on the way up & at the top. Park in the main parking area off of Route 107, and head up the Bob Chase Scenic Loop to the summit.

4. Hacker’s Hill Preserve, Casco

Hacker’s Hill Preserve

Although the gate is closed for the season you are welcome to walk up (take your time, it’s steep!). This preserve features fields for kids to run around in, picnic tables, and amazing views. Pro-tip: bring a kite if it’s windy!

Note: limited parking available.

5. Raymond Community Forest, Raymond 

View from Pismire Bluff at Raymond Community Forest

The Spiller Homestead Loop at RCF offers interpretive signs that will teach you about what you’re seeing in the woods as you walk. Looking for a challenge? Head up the Pismire Bluff Trail for great views of Crescent Lake.

6. Pondicherry Park, Bridgton

A Boardwalk at Pondicherry Park

Easy walking trails in the heart of downtown Bridgton. Download Bridgton Historical Society’s App (search “Bridgton Historical Society” in your app store) and take a walk through history as you explore the park. Or, just explore on your own and see how many different kinds of trees you can find!

Happy trails!

2020 Trek for The Trails

With access to the outdoors more important than ever, consider supporting LELT trails and preserves by participating in the 2020 Trek for the Trails. All you have to do is register and go enjoy time out on a LELT preserve in whatever way works best for you. 100% of the $20 registration fee gives back to the trails you know & love, and the ones you have yet to discover. All Trekkers will be entered into a raffle for some awesome prizes, too.

There are three ways to participate in the Trek:

  1. Visit any LELT trail or preserve throughout the month of September and hike, walk, bike (on select trails), stroll, take in the view from the top of Hacker’s Hill.
  2. Take on the challenge of visiting 4 LELT preserves over the course of the month with the Trek Trail Passport.
  3. For trail runners, complete a 5.6 mile run route on Pleasant Mountain. Runners will compete on Strava for bragging rights and pie. Trekkers will have the whole month of September to complete their Trek.

Registration is $20/adult, and the Trek is free for youth 16 and under. You can register online here, or by mail a check to LELT (memo: Trek) at 8 Depot St, Ste 4 Bridgton, ME 04009. Participants may register up until Wednesday, September 30th.

Ledges Trail, Pleasant Mountain

All Trekkers will automatically be entered into a raffle for prizes from local businesses, including a 2020-2021 season pass to Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Gift cards from Q-Team, Bridgton Books, and Depot Street Tap House, Ski Hot apparel, a one-night stay at Pleasant Mountain Camping, and more!

Trek for the Trails is Loon Echo Land Trust’s largest annual fundraising event. Funds raised from the Trek help Loon Echo steward over 8,000 acres of land and 30+ miles of trail in the Lake Region. LELT’s goal this year is to raise $15,000 – about a quarter of the annual cost to maintaining LELT’s trails and preserves. The 2020 Trek for the Trails is generously sponsored by Norway Savings Bank and Shawnee Peak.