Hike up Bald Pate will celebrate the summer solstice June 21

BRIDGTON — Hikers may celebrate the summer solstice with the Loon Echo Land Trust annual hike up Bald Pate Mountain at Bald Pate Preserve Thursday, June 21.
Hikers will meet at 3 p.m. at the Bald Pate Preserve parking area on Route 117, just south of Five Fields Farms Apple Orchard, 720 South Bridgton Road.

The annual trek has been a Loon Echo tradition for more than 20 years and is a great way to welcome summer’s arrival with multiple view points overlooking Peabody and Foster Pond.
Those taking part should wear hiking boots or sneakers and bring water and plenty of snacks. The moderate hike will last approximately two hours.
Bald Pate Preserve is a popular destination for families, featuring 486 acres in forest management, 6.7 miles of hiking trails, a wide variety of plant and animal species, including a unique Pitch Pine grove at the 1,100-foot summit.
All Loon Echo hikes are free; however, donations are welcome. In the event of severe weather, the hike will be cancelled. Find out more about Loon Echo by visiting www.loonecholandtrust.org or on Facebook.
For more information, contact Jon Evans at stewardship@lelt.org or 207-647-4352.

PHOTO: Hikers celebrate the summer solstice atop Loon Echo Land Trust’s Bald Pate Mountain last year. (Submitted photo).