Tuesday, November 5, 2013
11/4/13 Down East Sunrise Trail
Cold ( lower 40's) but sunny. Another section we had not yet done of this long trail ( 85 miles) . This time we started from the western end in Ellsworth.
The trail starts with rails along side it- I think part of a scenic railroad - but they quickly stop and you are left with woods.
There were a lot of these signs in the woods on both sides of the trail - mostly newer looking but some starting to get a little interesting
Later on we met a man from the Department of Conservation, checking for blow downs and going toward the the start of the trail to put up no hunting signs ( further along the trail hunting is allowed) and he said the land on either side of the trail in this section is owned by a man who fought against the trail.
Some of what we saw as we walked
A small pond
West Branch Stream where we turned around and headed back
Even on the way back some of the water in shade still had ice . Kelley, who doesn't like to walk on ice, had been frustrated at times because of the ice.
A pretty good hike- we moved along well because of the easy surface and got in about 10 miles in our 3 1/2 hours. Kelley seemed to enjoy the trail- she likes places she hasn't been before and seemed comfortable with the distance.