Sugarloaf Ridge-Goose Pond Conservation Area Hike

August 2nd

 

 

Hike Description:

Total Trail Distance: 3 mi 

Elevation Gained: 300 feet 

Trail difficulty: Moderate 

 

Participants will hike around Goose Pond, which is a mile from the parking lot. After taking a break at scenic view of the pond, we will travel up the Goose Pond Loop Link trail, 0.2 mi, to the Goose Pong Elwell Link, 0.3 mi. From there, we will take another break at the summit of Little Sugarloaf and then travel back down to the parking lot, 1 mi. 

This property is one of the many treasures that Lakes Region Conservation Trust gets to protect due to being ranked “2015 Highest Ranked Wildlife Habitat by Ecological Condition.” Hikers will be able to enjoy these hidden mountains with beautiful views of the west side of Newfound Lake and Goose Pond. While hiking through almost 400 acres of hardwood forest, you will be able to hear a variety of birds, frogs and other animals. Along with the occasional sighting of a salamander, so be sure to look down before you step. 

 

Directions: 

Traveling from Hebron: Turn on to West Shore Road; travel for 4.3 miles and the sign will be on the right hand side. If you see the entrance for Wellington State Park on your left, then you have gone too far. 

Traveling from Alexandria: Turn left onto North Road then travel on North Road for 1 mile. Turn a slight right onto Fowler River Road and travel for 0.7 mi. Continue onto Cardigan Mountain Road for 0.5 mi. The turn left onto West Shore Road for 1.2 miles. Once you go past the entrance for Wellington State Park, the sign will be on the left hand side. 

 

Details:

We ask that participants arrive by 8:45 am to ensure everyone is registered and prepared to depart at 9:00 am. We will return by approximately 2:00 pm.

 

Meeting Location:

Trailhead Parking Area on West Shore Road.

 

Cost:

All LRCT guided excursions are free, but registration is required.

 

Bring/Wear:

Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothes for a summer hike, as well as a rain jacket in case the weather changes later in the day. Bring plenty of water, as well as a lunch and snacks.

 

Cancellation/Postponement:

We will notify all participants through email by 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 25th in the event that this hike is cancelled or postponed.

 

Children’s Participation:

Please check in with us in advance if you are considering bringing young children on this guided excursion, to ensure that this trip is appropriate for their skill level.

 

Dog Policy:

To ensure the safety and comfort of participants, we are not able to accommodate dogs on our trips.

 

Recording Programs/Excursions:

We do not permit recording audio or video of our programs/excursions, as it can take away from other participant’s experiences.

 

Registration:

To register for the hike click here!

Please send any questions/concerns to Jordin Whyland, at jwhyland@lrct.org