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Monday, April 26, 2010

4/25/10 - Little Moose



Little Moose is a unit of Maine Public Reserved Lands and also a mountain in that unit. Though only about 70 miles north of Bangor there is a climate difference.
                                                                      
Though at home there are wild flowers in bloom here it still looked like winter and we even found several patches of snow. We also saw many many piles of fresh moose droppings but no moose.


Big Moose Pond and a real swim for Kelley.


From Big Moose Pond we took the Loop Trail which climbs up to the ridge above the ponds

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
And was more challenging than the relatively flat first part of the hike. The exposed roots, leaves, and pine needles were wet and slippery.


But offered some very nice views


                                                                  
                                                                    
                                     
                                   
                                                                             

The trail then drops back down to Little Moose Pond

                                                                 

        
                                                                    
                                                                                

And then back to Big Moose Pond where (at the end) there is an old concrete structure that Kelley could not walk across so she swam around it

                                                                         
Almost back to the car the hike ends with an uphill climb including these slate steps

                                                                        

It had been cool with a mix of sun and clouds but a very satisfying hike. 2 -3/4 hours

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