Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge (Caribou/Limestone)

I went hiking at the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge this week.

It was -7° Fahrenheit when I started my first hike at the West Gate Trailhead. The trails in this area were mostly hard-packed snow through a beautiful northern Maine forest.  The ponds were mostly iced over.   

It had warmed to a balmy 5° by the time I started my second hike near the refuge's visitor center.  The trails leading from the visitor center were groomed for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, making for an easy hike.

Although I didn't see any wildlife I did see tracks of moose, deer, fox, and coyote, and saw two sites where a fox had killed a bird and what appeared to be a vole (although the foxes had decimated the bird, leaving only a few feathers, most of the vole remained intact.)

Here is a map of the hikes.