The Down East Sunrise Trail runs 87 miles from Ellsworth north to Pembroke. It is a multi-use trail, and during the summer it gets heavy use from ATVs. It runs through several towns on its way north and provides a nice environment to hike and bike.
My son is training for a marathon so we chose this trail for him to run on today. For longer runs I like to support him on bike. Because of the heavy rains yesterday the trail was muddy in parts. This would be a good trail for a fat tire bike, however I only have a hybrid. Due to muddy and soft conditions, I wound up hiking 50% of the time. It was still a great day to be out on the trail since the only people that we saw were ROTC students marching in a group.
The trail was flooded 5.25 miles north of Ellsworth so in order to get enough training miles we looped back and repeated a portion of trail. There was a small section of trail that still had ice on it, and the trail had almost completely washed out in another area.
Here is today's trail map
|The trail crosses several streams |
|View of the trail from the side|
|Mile 14 of a 17 mile run|
|5.25 miles north of Ellsworth, the trail was flooded over|
|The trail is crushed stone and dirt|
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