Monday, June 15, 2015

Day 8.156: Douglas Mountain

Our hike yesterday was on Douglas Mountain in Sebago - a couple of miles from the edge of Sebago Lake.

Although I wholeheartedly agree with Exile #2's reports about how the long ascent and amazingly quick descent felt, the real numbers are not quite so extreme. It took us about an hour to walk up via the circuitous Eagle Scout Trail and the Nature Loop. Here are some pictures from the ascent, although not from the steep part - except for the one of the toad. The bird (black-and-white warbler I think) was spotted as we reached the top.

We spent a little more than ten minutes at the summit, admiring the views of the lakes, forests and Mount Washington in the distance. It's for everyone you know!

The trail down (the Ledges Trail with a small detour onto a marked but unnamed side-trail) took about fifteen minutes to the road, although it did take another ten minutes to walk down the road and along the driveway to the parking lot. The red squirrel played a kind of hide and seek with me - posing nicely and then hiding as soon as I pointed the camera in its direction. We all admired the cistern made like a giant barrel.

Total was a little over two miles and despite the steepness, humidity and the warmer than we expected weather, everyone declared it to be "So worth it!" so it was a hit.

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