Friday, June 5, 2020

Fields Pond Aububon Center - Lake Shore Trail

I hiked the Lake Shore Trail at Fields Pond Audubon Center this morning before work.  I accessed the trail via the mowed path behind the visitor center.  The mowed path leads to a wooden boardwalk leading through a grassy wetland and then the Lake Shore Trail.

The Lake Shore Trail provides views of Fields Ponds.  The end of the trail is not marked and connects to a well defined trail that continues to Brewer Lake.

Mosquitoes were plentiful and the tall grass provides a good habitat for ticks, so proper dress and bug repellent are highly recommended.

Here is a map of my hike.

View of Fields Pond from Lake Shore Trail
Board path leading from mowed path to Lake Shore Trail
Mowed path leading from Visitor Center/Parking Lot to Fields Pond

Path leading to Brewer Lake
Map generated using Caltopo in case the above map link doesn't work.


Monday, June 1, 2020

Silver Lake Trails (Bucksport)

Silver Lake Trails is a 67 acre town park located behind the Bucksport Public Works Department buildings.  The park provides hiking trails and camping within 5 minutes of downtown Bucksport.

I visited Silver Lake Trails tonight after work.  The park provides nice views of Silver Lake and an opportunity to walk through uncrowded forested trails.

 
 
 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Ducktail and Partridge Ponds, Amherst Mountains Community Forest

The Amherst Mountains Community Forest is a 4,974 acre public lands parcel with trails, campsites and forestland surrounding six ponds in Amherst, Maine.  It is co-managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, the Town of Amherst and the Forest Society of Maine.

My son and I hiked to Ducktail and Partridge Ponds today.  The trails were well-maintained, heavily forested and offered a feeling of solitude (we saw only one other group of people during our entire time at the forest.)  Both ponds have small campsites.

Here is a map of our hike.  Overall this was a great hike and highly recommended.











Saturday, May 30, 2020

Eagle Bluff (Eddington)

My son and I hiked Eagle Bluff today.  The property is owned by the Clifton Climbers Alliance (http://www.cliftonclimbersalliance.org/home) and is a popular local climbing spot. 

At 0.6 miles, the hike to the summit is short but steep. On the way back down, I recommend taking some time to explore the base of the cliffs. 

Here is a map of our hike. 


 
 
 
 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Mt Pleasant Cemetery (Bangor)

During a recent walk along the Kenduskeag Stream Trail I noticed what appeared to be a river side trail on the opposite shoreline, behind Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.  Today after work I decided to check and see if my assumption was correct.   

What struck my attention upon entering the cemetery was the height of the grass.  In many parts the grass had not been mowed and the back end of the cemetery had a feeling of neglect.   Given the tick season we've had thus far, I was concerned the tall grass would prevent me from reaching the area, but I was able to find a spot where the grass had been mowed and followed it to a wide and clear dirt service road overlooking the river.   

The road itself was heavily shaded and had elevated views of the Kenduskeag Stream.  The stream bank was lined with ferns and there were no clear paths down from the road to the stream, but it was a pleasant walk nonetheless.  Despite being heavily wooded and warm there were few bugs.

Here is a map of my walk.  I doubled back along the road to see if I could locate a trail down to the stream bank.

Walden Parke Preserve (Bangor)

Walden Parke Preserve is managed by the Bangor Land Trust and is part of a large complex of contiguous preserves (including Bangor City Forest, the Penjajawoc preserves, the Veazie railroad bed and Caribou Bog).

I hiked the preserve this morning before work.  The preserve itself is quiet and wooded and the trails well marked.  The kiosk at the parking lot did not have a trail map, so I would recommend downloading one ahead of time from the Bangor Land Trust's website here.

Like many of the parks in the area this time of year, mosquitos were abundant so I would recommend bug spray and a head net.

Here is a map of my hike.  


Monday, May 25, 2020

Indian Trail Park (Brewer)

Indian Trail Park has a 1.4 mile trail that runs along the Penobscot River.  The well defined trail provides a convenient place for a short hike near Bangor. 

The trail starts at Indian Trail Park and crosses into Penobscot Conservation Association land.  On today's hike, I ventured out onto the shoreline as it was low tide and walked along the shoreline for a bit.  Here is a map of my hike.

 
The geese in this picture seemed very accepting of the duck that was spending time with them.
 
The Penobscot Conservation Association allows fishing in the pond for children 15 and younger.