Mountaineering in Maine: a bounty of magnificence, simply throughout the border

A hiker on the steep cliffs of Bald Ledge overlooking Colcord Pond in Porter, Maine. Carey Kish’s picture

Foss Mountain is an area gem, a type of particular locations you realize or do not know. The Bald Peak, positioned in Eaton, New Hampshire, 3 miles west of the Maine state line, is accessible by a winding half-mile path. Protected by the Eaton Conservation Fee, the 1,654-foot vast open peak of granite outcrops and low blueberries provides probably the most lovely views for exertion wherever in New England.

Take the 20-minute hike, then sit again for a spell as you’re taking within the wonderful view sweeping the New Hampshire aspect from the Ossipee Mountains to the Franconian Mountain Vary to Mount Washington and a lot extra. Past the Maine state line, you possibly can see from the Mahoosuc Vary to Speckled Mountain to Nice Mountain, simply to call a number of. The quantity of private and non-private protected lands and miles of mountaineering trails in sight of your breezy perch is solely astounding.

Nearer to the west are the King Pine ski slopes, its lifts are idle in the summertime greenery, and simply to the south, hidden by a low ridge, is Purity Lake and Purity Spring Resort. Household-owned and operated by the Hoyts, the resort has been internet hosting weary vacationers for 111 years. This pretty spot has a wide range of cabins, cottages and rooms and is a good base camp for mountaineering and different out of doors actions within the border area.

The 1,300-acre Purity Spring Resort is constructed round Purity Lake, 100 acres of clear, clear mountain water that is so good it was as soon as bottled and bought. Spend a while on this relaxed and welcoming surroundings and you will get a really feel for the resort’s theme: “Life on the lake correctly”. There’s a sandy seaside and a wide selection of kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards obtainable so that you can discover. There are additionally trails for trekking and mountain biking.

Bordering the resort is the Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary, which encompasses roughly half of the lake’s southeastern shore. The 135-acre reserve was donated by the Hoyt household to New Hampshire Audubon within the Fifties. A community of 4 trails leads by way of tall pine timber on a lakeside esker to a gap pond, a beaver swamp and the stays of the previous Durgin farm. It’s a nice stroll that may be loved over a number of hours.

The Purity Spring lodge serves up hearty foods and drinks, however should you’re there on a Thursday night time, you may wish to strive the large lobster on Purity Island, simply off the outdated dam, mill, and spring home. The festive occasion attracts hungry diners from close to and much, lots of whom are sporting the standard Purity Spring summer season gown: tie-dye shirts.

There may be a lot to see and do round right here, so after Foss Mountain, in fact, you may wish to examine the jaw-dropping Madison Boulder, the most important recognized glacial erratic in North America. This gigantic rock, reached by a simple 3/4 mile stroll, is 23 toes excessive, 85 toes lengthy, and is estimated to weigh practically 6,000 tons. Stroll throughout to get the total “wow” impact.

On the Tin Mountain Conservation Middle in Albany, 6 miles of trails come from the Nature Studying Middle. Stroll by way of the 301 acres to see fairly Chase Pond, wetlands, cliffs and ledges, pine forests, a quarry, and a exceptional mountain laurel backyard. The middle has been devoted to environmental schooling and land administration since its basis in 1980.

Inexperienced Mountain rises prominently from the Ossipee River valley in Effingham, simply west of the Maine state line at Parsonsfield. The mountain is a part of the two,171-acre Excessive Watch Protect, a property of the New Hampshire Forest Safety Society. Stroll the Excessive Watch Path to the 1,883-foot summit and certainly one of solely 15 hearth towers left within the granite state.

Throughout the Pine Tree State, Peary Mountain provides vistas starting from Mount Washington to Nice Mountain, whereas the rocky ridge of Burnt Meadow Mountain overlooks the Saco River Valley; each peaks are in Brownfield. Tackle Bald Ledge in Porter for fabulous cliff-top views of Colcord Pond and the Ossipee River Valley.

If tenting is extra your factor in your border journey, Purity Spring additionally runs the Danforth Bay RV Resort in close by Freedom, full with all the tenting facilities, plus a big pool and lakeside seaside.

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island is an award-winning member of the Out of doors Writers Affiliation of America. Her newest e-book, Beer Mountaineering New England, can be obtainable early subsequent spring. Comply with Carey’s different adventures on Fb and Instagram @careykish

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