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: Eastern Belknaps

This summer I attempted to run all of the Belknap Range mountains in a single run, but bailed because I didn’t bring enough water. I returned to run the mountains I missed for a long training run. It was a beautiful day and the trails were runnable.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Straightback Mountain Trail on Jesus Valley Road in Alton, NH
  • Hiked Straightback Mountain Trail to Jesus Valley Trail
  • Straight on Jesus Valley Trail to Main Trail
  • Ran right on Main Trail to Mount Major and then back to Quarry Spur Trail
  • Right on Quarry Spur Trail to Quarry Trail
  • Right on Quarry Trail to North Straightback Mountain, East Quarry Mountain, West Quarry Mountain, Mount Rand, Mount Klem, and back to intersection with Red Trail
  • Right on Red Trail to Mount Mack and Mount Anna
  • Left on Blue Trail to Straightback Mountain
  • Right on Straightback Mountain Trail back to parking area

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 27 September 2020
Distance: 10.1 miles
Moving Time: 03:08
Pace: 18:33/mile
Elevation Gain: 2958′

Contact Me

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Trail Race: 2020 Beast of the East

Not surprisingly, the races I planned to run this year were cancelled due to Covid-19. So I was pretty pumped when I heard that the Beast of the East half marathon was going to happen. It had been on my radar for a couple of years, so I signed up for it right away. Bibs were sent out to runners and the start was done in heats of 50 people socially distanced by cones with bib numbers on them spaced out six feet apart. I was grateful for some normalcy and the day was perfectly cool and dry for a race.

ROUTE

  • The race started from the beach at Echo Lake
  • Ran south on Echo Lake Trail to Bryce Path
  • Turned left on Bryce Path to Bryce Link
  • Turned right on Bryce Link to Cathedral Ledge Road
  • Followed an unnamed trail along Cathedral Ledge Road to top of Cathedral Ledge
  • Jumped on Bryce Path to White Horse Ledge Trail
  • Turned right on White Horse Ledge Trail to White Horse Ledge and on to Red Ridge Link
  • Turned right on Red Ridge Link to Red Ridge Trail
  • Turned left on Red Ridge Trail to Moat Mountain Trail
  • Art the top of the ridge, turned right on Moat Mountain Trail to North Moat Mountain summit and continued down to Red Ridge Trail
  • Crossed the river to take Red Ridge Trail back to Red Ridge Link
  • Turned left on Red Ridge Link back to White Horse Ledge Trail
  • Continuing right on White Horse Ledge Trail to Bryce Path
  • Turned right on Bryce Path and headed back toward Echo Lake Trail
  • Continuing left along Echo Lake Trail to the beach at Echo Lake and the race’s finish

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 20 September 2020
Distance: 13.1 miles
Pace: 16:30/mile
Elevation Gain: 4429′

Time: 03:35:13
Place: 81/130
M40-49: 20/31

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Red Ridge Trail
Red Ridge Link
Bryce Link

Contact Me

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Trail Run: Mount Israel

I needed a long mountainous trail run for my training schedule, and Jeff came along to try out some trail running. We decided on Mount Israel to knock off a 52 with a View peak and do a little Tracing White Mountains Trails. It was a cloudy day so we had no view, but we saw some bears. A cub crossed the street on the drive in, and I spotted another while we were running along Guinea Pond Trail heading toward Sandwich Notch Road. In all my years running and hiking in the White Mountains, it was only the second time I’ve seen a bear.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Mead Base parking
  • Hiked up Wentworth Trail to Mount Israel Summit
  • Ran down Mead Trail to Guinea Pond Trail
  • Turned right on Guinea Pond Trail to Guinea Pond Side Path and Guinea Pond and back out
  • Turned right on Guinea Pond Trail following it to High Water Bypass and on to Sandwich Notch Road
  • Turned left on Sandwich Notch Road to Bearcamp River Trail
  • Turned left on Bearcamp River Trail to Beede Falls and back to Sandwich Notch Road
  • Turned left on To Lower Falls Trail to Lower Falls and then back to Bearcamp River Trail
  • Turned right on Bearcamp River Trail past Cow Caves to Mead Base parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 09 September 2020
Distance: 9.4 miles
Moving Time: 02:33:09
Pace: 14:16/mile
Elevation Gain: 1973′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Guinea Pond side path
Mead Trail
Wentworth Trail
Bearcamp River Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Trail Run: Belknaps

As one of my long weekend runs, and in order to do the Belknap Range Hiker badge, I planned on doing a loop of the entire Belknap Range. Short-sightedly, I only brought 1 liter of water at the start. I had a filter and 2 liters of capacity, but I thought I could pull off 1 liter until I hit Round Pond. I was wrong. It was warm and humid and the climb back up Piper from Whiteface had the midday sun on my back. I got to Round Pond dehydrated and completely drained. After drinking as much water as I could and napping by the pond’s edge, I bailed on my plans and headed back to my car.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Gunstock Mountain Resort off Panorama Drive in Gilford, NH
  • Ran up Single Chair Ski Path to Mount Rowe
  • Left on Ridge Trail to summit of Gunstock Mountain
  • Left on Brook Trail to intersection with Saddle Trail
  • Right on Saddle Trail to intersection with Blue Trail
  • Straight on Blue Trail to summit of Belknap Mountain
  • Left on White Trail to intersection with Old Piper Trail
  • Right on Old Piper Trail to summit of Piper Mountain and on to intersection with Piper-Whiteface Link
  • Right on Piper-Whiteface Link to intersection with Whiteface Trail
  • Left on Whiteface Trail to summit of Whiteface Mountain and back to summit of Piper Mountain and to intersection with Round Pond / Piper Link
  • Right on Round Pond / Piper Link to intersection with Round Pond Trail
  • Right on Round Pond Trail to Round Pond and back to intersection
  • Right on Round Pond Trail to Maple Ski Path
  • Left on Maple Ski Trail back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 09 August 2020
Distance: 14.2 miles
Moving Time: 05:01:49
Pace: 21:11/mile
Elevation Gain: 3499′

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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′

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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

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Trail Run: Camden Hills

Camden Hills State Park

As part of our 50k training, Lindsay and I had a 14-mile long run to complete and decided to visit Camden Hills State Park to get in a combination of trail running and hiking. We’d been stuck in Portland for the previous two months due to Covid-19, and this was our first day-trip to get away and forgot things for a few hours.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Camden Hills State Park off Route 1 in Camden, ME
  • Ran Ski Shelter Trail to Bald Rock Trail
  • Turned right and hiked Bald Rock Trail to summit of Bald Rock Mountain and down to Frohock Mountain Trail
  • Turned left on Forhock Mountain Trail and connected back to Ski Shelter trail
  • Turned left and ran Ski Shelter Trail and ran back to Cameron Mountain Trail
  • Turned right on Cameron Mountain Trail and ran to Cameron Mountain and retraced back to Ski Shelter Trail
  • Turned right on Ski Shelter Trail and ran back toward parking
  • Ran up and down Megunticook Trail for extra miles before returning to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 16 May 2020
Distance: 14.1 miles
Moving Time: 03:08:24
Pace: 13:23/mile
Elevation Gain: 2264′

Contact Me

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