Stroll to LA

Lindsay picked up a weekend shift in Lewiston and my car wasn’t registered, so no going to the mountains for me. Instead, I decided to see if I could walk to Lewiston before Lindsay’s shift was up. Because why not? I left shortly after she did and began walking back roads toward Lewiston. I nearly turned around at mile 10 when I got a hotspot on my foot and my legs began to ache. But I decided to push on. At mile 20 I laid down for about 10 minutes and elevated my feet on a tree stump. That did the trick, because by mile 22 I came out of the pain cave and the final 10 miles were cruizer. Lindsay ended up picking me up in Auburn. I was maybe an hour shy of reaching Lewiston, which was unfortunate because I had my eye on grabbing a beer at Baxter Brewing.

PORTLAND ROUTE

  • Walked down Congress Street to Eastern Promenade Street
  • Left on Eastern Promenade Street to Eastern Prom Midslope Trail
  • Right on Eastern Prom Midslope Trail to Loring Stairs
  • Right on Loring Stairs to Bayside Trail
  • Right on Bayside Trail to Back Cove Trail
  • Left on Back Cove Trail to Washington Avenue
  • Right on Washington Avenue to Presumpscot Street
  • Right on Presumpscot Street to Ocean Avenue
  • Right on Ocean Avenue to Falmouth

FALMOUTH ROUTE

  • Walked down Middle Road to Longwoods Road
  • Straight onto Longwoods Road to Cumberland

CUMBERLAND ROUTE

  • Walked down Longwoods Road to Main Street
  • Straight onto Main Street with break at Greeley High School and on to North Yarmouth

NORTH YARMOUTH ROUTE

  • Walked down Cumberland Road to Walnut Hill Road
  • Left on Walnut Hill Road to Memorial Highway
  • Right on Memorial Highway to Village Square Road
  • Left on Village Square Road to Sam Ristich Trail
  • Right on Sam Ristich Trail to Oak Hill Road
  • Right on Oak Hill Road to Memorial Highway
  • Left on Memorial Highway with break at Baston Park to West Pownal Road
  • Left on West Pownal Road to Lawrence Road
  • Right on Lawrence Road to Pownal

POWNAL ROUTE

  • Walked down Lawrence Road with break at Tyron Mountain trailhead to Auburn Pownal Road
  • Right on Auburn Pownal Road to Durham

DURHAM ROUTE

  • Walked down Auburn Pownal Road to Auburn

AUBURN ROUTE

  • Walked down Pownal Road to Fickett Road
  • Right on Fickett Road to Sopers Mill Road
  • Left on Sopers Mill Road to Penley Corner Road
  • Right on Penley Corner Road to Riverside Drive
  • Left on Riverside Drive until picked up at Maine Turnpike underpass

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STATS

Date: 3 April 2021
Distance: 31.8 miles
Moving Time: 09:05:25
Pace: 17:09/mile
Elevation Gain: 2425′

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Hike: Morse Mountain and Seawall Beach

The previous day of hiking through mashed potato snow in the mountains wore me out enough to not return to the mountains, but not enough to prevent me from hiking more. I headed out on a coastal hike in Maine I had not done before, but a dear friend had recommended to me years before. The hike through Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area was along a dirt road and provided all that the Maine coast can muster: a saltwater marsh, evergreen forests, a granite mountain (if small), and a beautiful secluded beach.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area parking on Morse Mountain Road in Phippsburg, ME
  • Hike Morse Mountain Road to intersection with Summit Circle
  • Right on Summit Circle to Morse Mountain viewpoint and back
  • Right on Morse Mountain Road to Seawall Beach
  • Return to parking lot along same route

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 28 March 2021
Distance: 5.6 miles
Moving Time: 01:43:15
Pace: 18:29/mile
Elevation Gain: 696′

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Winter Trail Run: Pleasant Mountain

Work gave us the afternoon off, so John, Michael and I did a quick trail run to the top of Pleasant via Ledges Trail. It was a beautiful day and the trails were packed like a sidewalk.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Ledges Trail parking lot on Mountain Road, Denmark, ME
  • Run up Ledges Trail to summit and back

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 12 February 2021
Distance: 3.5 miles
Moving Time: 0:55:15
Pace: 15:49/mile
Elevation Gain: 1650′

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Hike: Royces

In the seemingly never-ending pursuit to hike the New Hampshire 200 Highest and to red-line the White Mountains National Forest trails, I headed to one of my favorite areas to hike: Evan’s Notch. I originally planned to hike on both sides of the notch, starting with the Royces, and then heading over to Speckled and Blueberry Mountains on the east side. But, black ice on the trail slowed my pace, and my feet hurt (endless battle with plantar fasciitis). So, I bailed after East Royce to get done before dark. Plenty of waterfalls to see on this hike, and the view on East Royce was surprisingly excellent.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Basin Pond on Basin Road in Chatham, NH
  • Hiked Basin Trail to intersection with Hermit Falls Loop
  • Left on Hermit Falls Loop to Hermit Falls and around to Basin Trail
  • Right on Basin Trail to red-line and then up to Rim Junction
  • Right on Basin Rim Trail to West Royce and continued to intersection with Royce Connector Trail
  • Left on Royce Connector Trail to intersection with East Royce Trail
  • Left on East Royce Trail to summit of East Royce and back to intersection
  • Right on Royce Connector Trail to intersection with Royce Trail
  • Left on Royce Trail to trail head on Route 113
  • Right on Route 113, then right on Basin Road, and back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 27 November 2020
Distance: 11.5 miles
Moving Time: 05:00:46
Pace: 26:10/mile
Elevation Gain: 3570′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Basin Trail
Hermit Falls Loop
Royce Trail
Royce Connector Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Trail Race: Sugarloaf Uphill Climb

Michael and I signed up for the Sugarloaf Uphill Climb, a 2.2 mile race up Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley with roughly 2500′ of elevation gain. The average pitch was 20%, but at its steepest was 30%. The race was advertised as being 2.5 miles, so we were both surprised when we turned the last corner to find the finish line.

ROUTE

  • The race started from the quad lift
  • We ran up Binder Trail to summit
  • The finish was a few hundred feet below the true summit

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 11 October 2020
Distance: 2.2 miles
Pace: 18:04/mile
Elevation Gain: 2362′

Time: 0:39:12
Place: 35/166
M40-49: 3/15

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Trail Run: Bradbury Mountain

A long Sunday run at Bradbury Mountain State Park. Looking at my logs, my legs felt flat but I got it done. I had been struggling with ankle and foot problems and was trying to push through it.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Tryon Mountain parking on Lawrence Road in Pownal, ME
  • Ran out on Bradbury-Pineland Corridor to power lines and back
  • Continued on Bradbury-Pineland Corridor to summit of Tryon Mountain and continued on to intersection with Boundary Trail
  • Right on Boundary Trail and then a combination of South Ridge Trail, Summit Trail, Tote Road Loop, Krista’s Trail, Ski Trail, Northern Loop Trail and back on Boundary Trail
  • Right on Bradbury-Pineland Corridor back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 02 August 2020
Distance: 10.8 miles
Moving Time: 02:32:35
Pace: 14:06/mile
Elevation Gain: 1647′

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Trail Run: Pleasant Mountain

This long Sunday run is one of my favorites, Southwest Ridge Trail up Pleasant Mountain. Great views all the way up, and a runnable grade after some early power hiking to warm up. If you time it right there are all the blueberries you could want to eat.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Southwest Ridge Trail off Denmark Road in Denmark, ME
  • Ran up Southwest Ridge Trail to intersection with Ledges Trail
  • Left on Ledges Trail to summit
  • Continue on Firewarden’s Trail to intersection with Bald Trail
  • Right on Bald Peak Trail to Bald Peak
  • Return to parking lot by same route

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 26 July 2020
Distance: 8.2 miles
Moving Time: 02:16:10
Pace: 16:39/mile
Elevation Gain: 2557′

Contact Me

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Trail Run: AT Surplus Mountain

Fueled by my previous hike where I completed a section of the Appalachian Trail, I headed to western Maine to do the same. In my mind I was going to take a few hours to trail run from the AT trailhead to Baldpate Mountain and back. It would complete another small section of the Appalachian Trail. In reality it took me nearly those two hours to do the first climb, Surplus Mountain, and I sucked down all of my water in the process. I still completed a small section, but now I’ll have to return to connect the in-between.

At the trail head I met a Native American AT thru hiker, True North, and his dog. He was keeping an eye out for a reportedly sick thru hiker, Mango, to give him a ride to town. I told him I’d keep an eye out for him, but I didn’t come across Mango during my run.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Dunn Falls Trail parking on Andover Road in Newry, ME
  • Ran south on Appalachian Trail until near the summit of Surplus Mountain
  • Bushwhacked to the summit of Surplus Mountain and back
  • Left on Appalachian Trail back to parked car

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 19 July 2020
Distance: 7.9 miles
Moving Time: 02:47:35
Pace: 21:06/mile
Elevation Gain: 2151′

Contact Me

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Hike: Tumbledown 2020

At the beginning of the Quarantine Summer of 2020, Lindsay and I camped for the weekend at Mount Blue state park and hiked the classic Tumbledown Mountain. The plan was to make a loop of all of the Tumbledown peaks and Little Jackson, starting and ending at Brook Trail. Our plans were foiled when a thunderstorm rolled in as we got to the most remote and true peak of Tumbledown, the north peak. We bailed and bushwhacked down to Tumbledown Pond, skirted around it and went back down Brook Trail. Of course, the sun was back out as we returned to Tumbledown Pond.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Brook Trail parking on Weld To Byron Road in Weld, ME
  • Hiked Brook Trail to intersection with Loop Trail at Tumbledown Pond
  • Left on Loop Trail to Tumbledown East Peak and Tumbledown Southwest Peak and back to intersection with Tumbledown North Peak bushwhack
  • Left on Tumbledown North Peak bushwhack to Tumbledown North Peak and col between Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain
  • Right on bushwhack around Tumbledown Pond back to intersection with Brook Trail
  • Left on Brook Trail back to parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 06 June 2020
Distance: 6.8 miles
Moving Time: 03:44:38
Pace: 32:53/mile
Elevation Gain: 2065′

Contact Me

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Trail Run: Speckled Mountain

I got up early on a Monday morning to get in a mountain run before picking up my kids for a vacation day. I try to stick to the rule of running or hiking at least as long as the total drive time. Sometimes the pull to the mountains is greater than arbitrary rules. On the summit I met a guy who spent the previous couple days hiking and camping in the Caribou/Speckled Mountains, and that morning made the long drive home. When he got there he realized he had lost his false front teeth. Amazingly, he made the drive back up to the mountains, hiked back up Speckled Mountain to where he had camped over night, and found his teeth on the ground!

ROUTE

  • Parked near Evergreen Link Trail on Mountain Road in Stoneham, ME
  • Ran up Evergreen Link Trail to Cold Brook Trail
  • Left on Cold Brook Trail to summit of Speckled Mountain
  • Back same route to parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 25 May 2020
Distance: 6.9 miles
Moving Time: 01:58:55
Pace: 17:18/mile
Elevation Gain: 2246′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Evergreen Link Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com