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Editor’s note: This story was originally published on March 9, 2019.
Sticking her hiking poles into the snow to make a purchase, she slowly made her way up the steep slope of Blue Hill. Overhead, the sun shone brightly in the clear blue sky. Chickens called from the evergreen trees along the path. As she hiked, her body heated up quickly, forcing her to shed layers of winter clothing to get comfortable. Out came her jacket, hat and gloves. She paused to stuff them into her backpack, then continued down the path.
In March, the days became significantly longer and the sun grew stronger, but the night before a fresh layer of snow fell, which reminded her that winter is not over yet. Still, with all the time she’d spent indoors the past few months, she’d been itching to get outside. In Maine, late winter often brings a little cabin fever.
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At the top, snow-covered open granite platforms. There she leaned against the concrete foundations of the old tower and enjoyed the wide open view of the nearby lakes and hills and the ocean beyond. While she was looking forward to the flowers and the fresh smell of spring, she had to admit that the long winter in Maine has a special beauty.
Blue Hill Mountain in Blue Hill
Rising 934 feet above sea level, Blue Hill is not particularly high, but because it is a monadnock, an isolated mountain in an essentially flat area, it offers an open view of the region from the bald ledges on its summit.
Several trails climb the mountain. There are two trails on the south side of the mountain: one for the 0.7 mile Hayes Trail and one for the 0.9 mile Osgood Trail. Both parking lots are plowed in the winter, and both trails lead to the Larry’s Summit Loop Trail at the top of the mountain. The trails are also connected by the 0.25 mile South Face Trail about halfway up. The 0.7 mile Tower Service Road, which is a more gradual route up the mountain, diverges from the Hayes Trail before that. These intersecting trails offer numerous loop walks.
In addition, the 1.75-mile Becton Trail, the newest and most gradual trail on the mountain, travels down the north slope of the mountain. This trail is less traveled in winter because the small parking lot at its head is usually not plowed.
The trails are steep and rocky in some areas, but well marked and maintained. Access to the trail is free. Dogs are allowed if kept on a leash. To learn more, visit bluehillheritagetrust.org or call 207-374-5118.
Directions: Parking is available at Osgood and Hayes trails on Mountain Road in Blue Hill. From the junction of Route 172 and Route 15 in Blue Hill, drive 0.9 miles on Route 15. Turn right onto Mountain Road. Drive 0.4 miles to the Osgood Trailhead, which is on the left side of the road. Park on the right side of the road. Or continue another 0.4 miles to the Hayes Trailhead, which is on the left side of the road. A small parking lot is across the path on the right side of the road. Both parking lots were plowed during the winter. The Becton Trail parking lot is not plowed during the winter.
Cameron Mountain in Lincolnville
One of the smallest peaks in Camden Hills State Park, Cameron Mountain reaches just 811 feet above sea level. However, the top of this mountain is covered with blueberry tailings. The low vegetation allows hikers to enjoy an unobstructed 360-degree view of the region from the top of the mountain.
The hike to the top of Mount Cameron, out and back, is 5 miles, but most of the hike is on smooth, wide multi-use trails that gradually descend uphill. The steepest part of the trail is the last 0.1 mile side trail leading to the summit. You can extend the hike to about 7 miles round trip by using the Sky Blue Trail to form a loop.
Park admission varies from free to $6, depending on age and residency. Dogs are allowed if kept on a leash no longer than 4 feet at all times. For more information, call 207-236-0849 or visit maine.gov/camdenhills.
Directions: From the intersection of Route 1 and Route 173 in the town of Lincolnville, take Route 173 and drive 1.3 miles to the intersection. Continue straight on Route 173 (Beach Road) and drive another 0.9 miles, then turn left onto Youngtown Road. Drive just 200 feet, then turn left into the parking lot for the north entrance to Camden Hills State Park. The multi-use path leaves this parking area. Begin your hike on the multi-use trail, which you will follow approximately 1.25 miles to the Cameron Mountain Trail, which will be on your right.
Big Moose Mountain near Greenville
Big Moose Mountain’s long ridge rises to 3,196 feet above sea level, making it one of the highest mountains in the Moosehead Lake region. It was also home to the first permanently manned fire tower in the US. The tower no longer stands atop the mountain, but its steel base was brought to the Moosehead Lake Regional Visitor Center in Greenville in 2011, where it was restored and displayed next to a busy road leading into Greenville.
The 2.1-mile hiking trail, marked with blue blazes, climbs steadily to the summit of Big Moose Mountain. The grade of the trail starts off gradually and then gets steeper, especially after the old firehouse, which is about 1.5 miles into the trail. At the top of the mountain, over the tops of hardy spruce trees, hikers are rewarded with beautiful views in all directions.
Access to the trail is free. Dogs are allowed if they are always under control. For more information, Maine Parks and Lands Office of Western Public Lands at 207-778-8231 or visit maine.gov/littlemoose.
Directions: Follow Route 15-Route 6 to downtown Greenville. After you pass the Big Apple on your right, then the Corner Shop on your left, turn left on Pritham Avenue and drive about 5 miles, then turn left on North Road, which leads to the Little Moose Public Reserved Land unit. Follow North Road 1.5 miles to the Big Moose Mountain Trailhead parking lot, which will be on your left. Along the way, several roads diverge from the North Road to the right. When in doubt, drive straight.
This story was originally published in the March 2019 edition of Bangor Metro. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.
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