HOPE — The public is invited to join the celebration as Coastal Mountains Land Trust launches its 4th Annual Trails Challenge at the Thorndike Brook Trail Head, in Hope, on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
There will be a group run, bike and hike led by the Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine, Midcoast Maine New England Mountain Bike Association, and Coastal Mountains Land Trust staff.
Snacks will be available, as well as games for children, and a raffle at the start. The Village Soup food truck will be on site for lunch when participants return.
From July 30 through September 10, any time you hike, run, bike or paddle you can log your miles as part of Coastal Mountain’s Trails Challenge. Every mile logged will be matched (1 mile = $1) by local businesses to support trail stewardship and development.
“Thank you to all our sponsoring businesses, especially our lead sponsors this year: the Onion Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank, Allen Insurance and Financial, and RAYR wine & cheese,” said CMLT, in a news release.
For more information, or to log your miles, stay tuned at www.coastalmountains.org.
Directions to Thorndike Brook Trailhead: 223 Hope Street in Hope. Note: Google maps does not show this accurately. To get to the Thorndike Brook Trailhead, turn onto Hope Street from Route 17 (eight miles north of Rockland) or from Gillette Road. The new parking lot is just past the existing parking lot for the Georges Highland Path (¾ miles from Route 17). The new Round the Mountain Trail can be accessed directly from the parking lot, including a ¼ mile accessible, stone dust path.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust has protected over 12,000 acres, offering 50 miles of trails for public recreation.