Category Archives: hikes

Fields Pond Wandering Hike

Good Evening, Trail Life Hikers-

It is time for another hike with your Trail Life friends.  This time we are going to go to Fields Pond Audubon Center and wander their 2 mile trail network.  Details are listed below.  Please note the NOTES.

When: Saturday, May 26

Where: Fields Pond Audubon Center.

WE WILL MEET AT THE FIELDS POND AUDUBON CENTER

Start Time: 9 am at the FIELDS POND AUDUBON CENTER
(be there a couple minutes early, please!)

Finish Time: approximately 12 noon

Packing List:

  • Bible
  • water
  • trail snacks
  • weather appropriate clothing (we suggest bringing a sweat shirt or light jacket)
  • An extra pair of dry socks
  • small bag / backpack for each boy to carry his supplies

Optional Gear:

  • Consider a long  sleeve shirt and long pants to avoid BUG BITES
  • bug spray
  • sun tan lotion
  • hat
  • sunglasses

NOTES:

  • NO electronics or phones for trailmen, please.
  • no flip flops, open toed shoes,  or sandals

Directions: From Wilson Street (in Brewer) turn onto Green Point Road.  Green Point Road is the street next to McDonalds.  Go 0.8 mile. Turn LEFT on Wiswell Road and go 1.5 miles. At Fields Pond Road, turn RIGHT and go 1 mile. Audubon Center is on LEFT.

Link to Fields Pond Audubon Center — https://www.maineaudubon.org/visit/fields-pond/

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Partridge and Ducktail Ponds Hike

Greetings one and all-  Here is the information that you will need for this week-end’s hike.  Nothing different from most of our hikes EXCEPT you will need to bring a bag lunch.

When: Saturday, April 28th

Where: Partridge and Ducktail Ponds, Amherst, ME.

WE WILL MEET AT THE  PARTRIDGE POND TRAIL HEAD

Start Time: 10 am at the Partridge Pond Trail Head
(be there a couple minutes early, please!)

Finish Time: approximately 2 pm

Packing List:

  • Bible
  • water
  • bag lunch
  • trail snacks
  • weather appropriate clothing (we suggest bringing a sweat shirt or light jacket)
  • An extra pair of dry socks
  • small bag / backpack for each boy to carry his supplies

Directions:

Go approximately 22 miles from the traffic light at the intersection of Route 9 and State Street in Brewer.
Ducktail Pond Road is on the left 1.5 miles before  the intersection of Route 9 and Route 181 in Amherst.
(8 miles beyond the turn-off for Crossroads Camp.)

amherst111613-1A short distance down Ducktail Pond Road (a gravel road), you will come to a group of three large signs on the right. One of the signs gives the mileage to the different trail heads in Amherst Mountains Community Forest: Partridge Pond Trail head is 1.6 miles; Ducktail Pond trail head and Indian Camp Stream Day Use Area are 2.4 miles; and the Bald Bluff Mountain trail head is 5.9 miles.

We will meet at the PARTRIDGE POND TRAIL HEAD.  There is parking at the trail head.

Looking forward to some fun in the sun with you all.

Link:  This link has more information about the area were we will be hiking:
http://actoutwithaislinn.bangordailynews.com/2013/11/19/one-minute-hikes/1-minute-hike-partridge-and-ducktail-ponds-in-amherst/

Bangor Forest Snow Hike! (2018-03-24)

Hey Trailmen-

After much deliberation, your fearless leaders have decided that our hike will be at the Bangor City Forest.   This will be our first hike of 2018. Currently, we are planning on doing the East and West trails which should total approximately 5 miles.  So, here are the details:

When:  Saturday, March 24

Where:  Bangor Forest, Tripp Drive Parking Lot.
Tripp Drive is a left turn off Stillwater Avenue, 1.6 miles north of the junction of Stillwater Avenue and Hogan Road (just before the kennel and concrete factory).

Start Time: 3:30 pm

Finish Time: 5:30 pm

Packing List:

  • Bible
  • water
  • some trail snacks
  • weather appropriate clothing, including a winter hat, gloves, and appropriate footwear
  • small bag / backpack to carry their supplies in
  • A dry pair of shoes, socks and a SMALL towel might be nice for the ride home.

PLEASE NOTE:  The trails are covered with snow and are one person wide in places.  It is likely to be windy and cold, and it may snow.

Adventures await. Plan on joining us.

http://cityforest.bangorinfo.com

Menu and Packing List for the Labor Day Weekend Camp-Out, Hike, and Swim

This is part two of the Labor Day Weekend Camp-Out, Hike, and Swim.  This post covers the menu and packing list.

News Flash—-cost of the camp out has dropped to $15 per person!  This covers food and swimming.

MENU-

Friday Dinner:

  • Large Pig in a Blanket (hot dog wrapped in a crescent roll)
  • baked beans

Saturday Breakfast:

  • Mountain Man Breakfast (eggs, cheese, sausage, hash browns scrambled together in a dutch oven)

Saturday Lunch:

  • sandwiches (bread, turkey, ham, chicken, cheese)
  • chocolate chip cookies

Saturday Dinner:

  • foil packs (hamburger, onions, carrots, potatoes, peas, canola oil spray)
  • apple cobbler (apple filling, white cake mix, butter)

Sunday Breakfast:

  • pancakes
  • maple syrup or peanut butter

Drinks for Meals:

  • apple juice
  • hot chocolate
  • coffee (for dads only)
  • water

Misc.  Food Comments:

  • Please don’t pack snacks & junk food.
  • If you or your boy has any food allergies, make sure to let the adult leaders know!

PACKING LIST:  Please refer to the packing list on the website.

Misc.Packing List Comments:

  • Temperatures are dropping at night.  Bring appropriate, warm clothing!
  • We suggest sweat pants, sweat shirt, and socks for sleeping.
  • Closed toe shoes are required.
  • Swim shoes, flip flops, or old sneakers are a good idea for getting to and from the pool.
  • If you have a life jacket for your non-swimmer or beginning swimmer, please bring it. The troop will be able to bring few extra in case you don’t have one.
  • No electronics, please.
  • If you don’t bring it, you won’t lose it.
  • There are no showers at the camp.

Day Mountain Hike Info

Trailmen-

Here is the information for the Day Mountain Loop on the Acadia Carriage Roads coming up this Saturday, the 8th of April.

Meeting Place:
Dysart’s Travel Stop in Holden
(junction of Rt. 1A and Rt. 46)

Meeting Time:  10 am

Finish Time: 7 pm

Here are the things that your son will need:

  • Bible
  • water
  • a BAG LUNCH
  • some trail snacks
  • weather appropriate clothing including a hat, gloves and a jacket
  • rain gear
  • a small bag / backpack to carry their supplies in
    (remember Simon’s trick – put a plastic bag inside your pack to keep your gear dry!)

Rain / Inclement Weather:
Boys & parents should pack appropriately for bad weather.  We plan on hiking rain or shine.  If we are faced with an unexpected nor’easter, leaders will be in touch with parents on Saturday morning to announce alternate plans.

Other Considerations:

* Make sure your trailman has plenty to eat for his lunch and snacks.  It is going to be a long day.  Feeding them a good solid breakfast will also help with the hungries on the trail.

* A dry pair of shoes, socks and a SMALL (hand) towel might make it a nicer for them on the  ride home if it does rain.  This stuff could go in a separate grocery bag since it will stay in the vehicle.

* There is no admission fee for this event, but we’d like everyone to bring enough money (aprox. $2) to get a small hot chocolate on the way home.

Walk Worthy

April Hike – Important Planning Considerations

Dear Trailmen Parents–

As you know, the Troop will be meeting at Eddington Community Church this weekend.  The following weekend (4/8), we will be going on a hike through a section of the Acadia Carriage Trails.

Please take note of a couple very important considerations:

FOOTWEAR:    Please ensure that your Trailmen has the appropriate footwear.  Hiking boots are preferred…or, weather permitting, sneakers might be acceptable.  Snow boots are  not acceptable footwear.

If you are buying your Trailmen new boots to start the hiking season, here are some things to consider when making your purchase:

  • Hiking boots don’t have to be expensive!  Locally, Walmart and Marden’s both have some great options for around $20-$40.
    (They’ll grow out of them in a year, so no sense spending $200!)
  • When you go shoe shopping, have your boy wear the type of socks he will be wearing with the boots.
    (A nice pair of wool socks is a great option.)
  • Don’t go for the steel toe!  Steel-toed boots are for working.  It will just add unnecessary weight when hiking.
  • Make sure that he breaks them in.  (Start with a couple of hours around the house.  Slowly increase the time until he can wear them all day without a problem.)
  • Do your shoe shopping in the evening if possible.  This is when a growing young boy’s feet are the largest.

All these factors will help reduce the chance of blisters.  WE DON”T WANT BLISTERS! 🙂

DISTANCE:   The hike we are planning is called the Day Mountain Loop.  It is about 6.5 miles.  This is the longest hike we have been on to date.  Please consider whether  your son is comfortable and capable of completing a hike of this distance.  Don’t forget that he will be carrying a backpack with:

  • Bible
  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Snack
  • Weather appropriate clothing (extra layer,  hat, mittens/gloves)

If you have any questions, please bring them up at Saturday’s meeting.

Walk Worthy

meeting location change

Dear Trailmen-

the location for this week’s meeting (April 1) has been changed.  No foolin’!!  No really!  The new location is East Eddington Community Church.  The church is located on the left side of Rt. 9 just before the intersection with Rt. 46.

We will meet at the usual time on Saturday.  We will continue our discussion about survival.  We will also talk about the Carriage Trail hike that is coming up on the 8th of April.

Walk worthy