Sunday, June 27, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Baxter 4 Day Trip (Mount Katahdin Hunt Trail, Kidney Pond canoeing, Draper & Deer Ponds Trail, Kidney Pond Cabins and Short Pond Walks)
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Ryan and I kayaked the Souadabscook Stream from Damascus Landing north to Etna Pond this morning.
Damascus Landing is a relatively new boat launch and was created in 2019. It has ample parking, picnic tables and a trash can, and a paved boat ramp. The stream south of this location is clogged with a beaver dam, so you can only go north.
The stream is wide and slow moving with marsh grass on both sides. We spotted numerous song birds, including large numbers of red wing blackbirds, a bald eagle, a couple of beaver lodges and what may have been a river otter den.
The total distance from the boat launch to the entrance to Etna Pond was roughly 3 miles round-trip. Here is a map of our trip.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Matty and I hiked Borestone Mountain today. The 1,600 acres Audubon preserve includes an amazing forest, three beautiful ponds and of course Borestone Mountain itself.
We started on the Base Trail, hiking 1.1 miles to the visitor center. From there, we explored the Peregrine Trail, a 0.5 mile trail that leads out to a sheer cliff overlooking the three ponds. We hiked back down the trail and then headed up the Summit Trail to the West Peak of Borestone. The trail starts out flat, tracing the shoreline of Sunrise Pond, until it starts to climb steeply. The last section of trail before the summit is extremely steep and requires some rock scrambling and climbing over metal rungs. The view from the summit was amazing and well worth the effort. We descended back down the Summit Trail and then descended the rest of the way along the service road.
Overall we hiked 4.6 miles with significant elevation gain. Here is a map of our hike. While not crowded, there were quite a few people on the summit trail.