Here is the information for the Day Mountain Loop on the Acadia Carriage Roads coming up this Saturday, the 8th of April.
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:
- 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.
* 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.
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:
- Weather appropriate clothing (extra layer, hat, mittens/gloves)
If you have any questions, please bring them up at Saturday’s meeting.
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.
Are you ready for double fun? This weekend, the Troop is going to Leonard’s Mills. First, we are going to tour a logging and milling community from the 1790s. After that, we are going to hike the trails in Penobscot Experimental Forest located next to Leonard’s Mills. The hike will be a little under 4 miles, and the trail is rated as “easy.”
Admission Cost: Leonard’s Mills charges admission. The charge is $10 for adults and $5 for our young men.
Meeting Time: We will meet at Leonard’s Mills entrance at 12:30 on Saturday, October 1st. From there, we will start the tour. We will regroup at the entrance to start the hike. The hike will start at approximately 2:30 pm. We should be finished about 6:00 pm.
Directions: From Bangor and Brewer, take ME Route 9 from Brewer 4 miles towards Eddington. Turn onto ME Route 178 and follow towards Milford for another 4.5 miles. A large sign will be on the left but the entrance and Government Road will be on the the right directly across from the sign.
Things you will need:
- weather appropriate clothing
- bag or pack to carry your supplies
- Consider eating a good lunch before arriving at Leonard’s Mills.
- This is a rain or shine event.
Leonard’s Mills: http://www.maineforestandloggingmuseum.org/
Here are the details for the hike up Bald Mountain.
First, please ensure that you have a working flashlight or headlamp along with the things that you would usually brings on a hike (see list below). This hike is going to start in the evening and end in THE DARK.
Second, bring a bag lunch/dinner to eat on our hike. This meal may serve as a snack or as dinner-your choice. 🙂
Meeting Time: We will meet at Dysart’s at 6 pm on Saturday, August 27th. We should be back at Dysart’s around 9:30 pm.
Meeting Place: We are going to meet at the Dysart’s at the intersection of Rt 46 and Rt 1A. From there, we will decide how many vehicles we are going to take to trail head at Bald Mountain.
Directions to trail head: From Dysart’s, we will take the Upper Dedham Rd. to Bald Mountain Rd. Bald Mountain should be easy to find because it’s right off of Bald Mountain Road in Dedham. The trail head, which at first looks more like an access road, is on the left near the junction of Bald Mountain Road and Johnson Road. There is a farm on the right at this junction. We will follow the wide “trail” or access road to the base of the mountain, ignoring a few smaller trails, and follow the wide ski trail up, following the power lines.
Here are the things that you will need:
- A BAG LUNCH/DINNER
- A WORKING FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP
- any weather appropriate clothing you may need
- bug spray?
- a small bag / backpack to carry your supplies in
The hike on Bald Mountain will be August 27th NOT August 26th. Sorry about that.