SOUTH BRIDGTON – Join Loon Echo Land Trust for its traditional hike up the Bob Chase Trail at Bald Pate Mountain Preserve in South Bridgton on Thursday, June 21, at 5 p.m. to celebrate the first day of summer. A short hike of 20 to 30 minutes, with 300 feet of elevation gain, brings you to the rocky summit of Bald Pate Mountain, which affords views of the surrounding lakes and hills.

Participants are invited to play a musical instrument, read a poem or express a thought about summer or their connection to the environment. The group will then take in the beauty while they feast (please bring your own snacks). Don’t miss this fabulous start to the summer!

Participants should plan to meet in the Bald Pate parking lot in South Bridgton (just past Five Fields Farm on Route 107). Bring water, snacks, hiking boots, a rain jacket and bug spray. The hike will be cancelled if it there is a thunderstorm or moderate to heavy rain.

Loon Echo preserves over 4,000 acres of land and manages 22 miles of multi-use trails in Bridgton, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Casco, Raymond and Sebago. Its mission is to conserve the region’s natural resources and character for current and future generations.

All Loon Echo hikes are free; however, donations are welcome and will qualify you for a one-year membership. For more information about this hike contact Jon Evans at [email protected] or call 647-4352.

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