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Hiking Season 2009!

 
 
aidan
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 01:31 am
@Thomas,
There are some good trails in Acadia - some good hard walks, if that's what you're after. If you have a bicycle and like to ride - there's a system of carriage trails through the woods that are perfect for that and give you a good workout- and then you can go eat lobster in Bar Harbor (which although it is a tourist trap - yes - is still a beautiful tourist trap) and you can get some excellent seafood there or near there at various lobster pounds on the road from Bangor through Trenton and then into Bar Harbor- and yeah, you could visit Miklos in Blue Hill and walk up the Blue Hill with him. He and his wife are lovely.

If you're going to Maine - get off the interstate in Bangor and take route 15 north toward Dover Foxcroft. Go through Guilford and onto Monson. Boarstone Mountain is a good climb - beautiful - not flat - you're working from the get-go but it's worth it - absolutely unspoiled views from the top. And then when you climb back down- you can go swimming in this little rock pool that's by the side of the road as you approach the base of the mountain.

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Any thing you can do outdoors you can do in Southern Piscataquis. The region has an abundance of lakes, streams, rivers and trails providing four seasons of outdoor recreation. It is the home to many extraordinary craftspeople, who take great pride in their Maine traditions. Come visit us and discover a relaxed approach to the way life should be.

Hikers and backpackers will find the Southern Piscataquis region an ideal destination. This is the home to Gulf Hagas, named "the Grand Canyon of Maine" Gulf Hagas is one of most spectacular gorges in the Northeast. This 9-12 miles round trip hike will offer hikers some of the most dramatic scenery in the state. Borestone Mountain offers hikers a three-hour round trip to the 1,947 ft summit. The Mountain offers many hiking trails and a visitors and nature center. Boarstone Mountain is located near the town of Monson, which is a mecca for the region hikers. The world famous Appalachian Trail also passes through the Monson area. Other walking trails include the Pleasant Riverwalk located in Brownville, the Guilford Memorial Walkway located in Guilford and the Kiwanis Park located in Dover-Foxcroft.

Historical attractions in the region include: Low's Covered Bridge: built in 1830, the bridge was destroyed in the flood on 1987 and rebuilt in 1988. Katahdin Iron Works: Remains of this 1842 Iron factory located in Brownville include the blast furnace and the charcoal kiln. The Iron works is also the gateway to the Gulf Hagas region.

The Southern Piscatquis region is home to Sebec Lake in Dover-Foxcroft (6800 acres), Schoodic Lake in Milo/ Brownville/Brownville Jct. (7100 acres), Lake Hebron in Monson and Lake Wassokeag in Dexter.

For more information about the Southern Piscataquis region, please visit www.spccc.org .


I wouldn't go in the spring though - blackflies. I'd save Maine for September myself, if I were you - incredibly blue skies, crisp air...also Sebec Lake, as mentioned in the blurb above is quite possibly one of the clearest amber waters I've ever seen.
Mt. Macginticook in/near Camden is also a nice climb - good workout- and beautiful views at the top and again, Camden has some nice restaurants and bars to relax in afterward.

For the spring - if you're willing to travel - I'd go to North Carolina. (I'm going in two weeks - hurray!).
Spring in North Carolina is beautiful. Dogwoods in bloom all over the mountains. Wonderful climbing in Pisgah Wilderness area, Tablerock, Boone, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, all along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Asheville is a great town and a good place to stay accessible to everything. It's become a very cosmopolitan and fun little city. You could go to Bat Cave from there, Black Mountain, and if you travel west on forty into Tennessee- it just becomes ever more mountainous.

From where you are - Bangor (near Acadia) is a day's drive (8-10 hours depending on how fast you drive).
Asheville, NC is a fourteen hour drive. You could split that up by driving down to the outer banks - stay a day or two there and then over to Asheville, stopping in Chapel Hill for lunch. (That's how I always do it).
Thomas
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 05:09 pm
@CalamityJane,
Calamity Jane wrote:
]Thomas, if you go up Palisades Parkway you'll get to Bear Mountain State Park - 7 lakes drive there is so beautiful. We used to go there a lot, summer and winter.

Thanks, Calamity Jane! Bear-Mountain State park is now on my to-hike list.

Anything hikeable near San Diego? I'll be there the week after next.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 05:10 pm
@CalamityJane,
Calamity Jane wrote:
]Thomas, if you go up Palisades Parkway you'll get to Bear Mountain State Park - 7 lakes drive there is so beautiful. We used to go there a lot, summer and winter.

Thanks, Calamity Jane! Bear-Mountain State park is now on my to-hike list.

Anything hikeable near San Diego? I'll be there the week after next.

Dys -- your image doesn't work form me, but I googled, and it does indeed look beautiful.
Thomas
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 05:13 pm
@aidan,
Aidan -- that post was a mother-lode. Thanks!

Arcadia looks more and more attractive. I will mind the blackflies -- thanks for the warning. And I will also check out the North Carolina places you mentioned.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 07:37 pm
@Thomas,
Thomas wrote:
Anything hikeable near San Diego? I'll be there the week after next.


Yes of course. Torrey Pines State Park is right on the ocean. All trails go down
to the beach - very beautiful there. How long are you going to be here?
http://www.torreypine.org/
http://i.pbase.com/u26/apratt/upload/43358560.pathway.jpg

Thomas
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 07:52 pm
@CalamityJane,
The conference is March 22-26. March 26th is a Thursday. So Friday and the weekend would suggest themselves to hiking. Needless to say, if you happened to feel inclined to hike with me, that would be wonderful!
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 07:56 pm
@Thomas,
Friday afternoon would be great. I have to go to L.A. on Saturday to pick up
German friends from LAX, but Friday definitely would work.
georgeob1
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 08:01 pm
Well, the next time you're in San Francisco try the Dipsea trail that goes from Mill Valley in Marin County over Mt Tamalpais and down the coatal hills to Stinson beach on the Pacific. Just over the peak on the way down there's an old German American clubhouse - a great place, and on that hike, a great moment for a beer!
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 08:13 pm
@georgeob1,
George, get down here and walk with us!!
Thomas
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 08:32 pm
@CalamityJane,
Friday sounds good. I'll reserve it for hiking. Looking forward to it!
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georgeob1
 
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 03:39 pm
@CalamityJane,
CalamityJane wrote:

George, get down here and walk with us!!


Well, it might be possible ! I have conflicting committments for that week - one in Washington the other in San Diego. I'll keep you posted.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 05:16 pm
@georgeob1,
No question - give first priority to the one in San Diego - Coronado again?
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Thomas
 
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 10:46 pm
@georgeob1,
georgeob1 wrote:
Well, it might be possible!

That would be wonderful, George!
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2009 11:42 pm
@Thomas,
Writhes with envy at y'all getting together. (There's a possibility I'll be there in late October, CJ, to see family in Solana Beach and Lake Forest, and family and friends in LA).

Thomas, I was cleaning up my documents into files this evening and ran across one that might interest you re hikes -
Hudson Valley Views - 5 hikes

Thomas
 
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Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 12:13 am
@ossobuco,
Oooooh! Hudson Valley looks very, very good. Calamity Jane's recommendations are also near it. And every time I cross George Washington Bridge and look north, the Hudson makes me want to hike along it.

(To this sentimental German, the Hudson is almost the perfect valley -- the only thing missing for total perfection is vineyards and castles.)
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 12:27 am
@Thomas,
I'm sure I saved the article for that photo...
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George
 
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Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 09:05 am
If you get up to New England, try Tuckerman Ravine in NH.

In late spring, there are maniacs who carry ski gear with them and ski the wall
of the ravine. Crazy! Check the avalanche report first if you go in spring.
One little avalanche can ruin your whole day.
Thomas
 
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Reply Wed 11 Mar, 2009 10:28 pm
@George,
Tuckerman Ravine. Check. I found their website on Google; it looks promising.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 06:24 am
@Thomas,
I continue to look forward to Thomas visiting/walking Chaco Canyon, it could very well be my last.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 08:53 am
ossobuco, I look forward seeing you in October then.

Thomas, upstate NY, especially around West Point is so quaint, it will become
a favorite spot of yours. The area round New Hope, PA is beautiful too - not
for hiking but scenery wise.
 

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