Kayak and Bike in the Carrabassett Valley area

Big Jim Pond and the Esker Trail

Sunday, August 5 and Monday, August 6

Two days – a day of kayaking and a day with easy to moderate off-road biking. Both days are weather permitting:

August 5th is a Kayak/Canoe day and picnic to Big Jim Pond, with a BBQ afterwards at the Fraser chalet in Wyman.

We’ll meet Sunday morning at 9:15 in Eustis at the parking lot on the left just past Pines Market (and across form the cemetery & Flagstaff RD.) From here – leaving at 9:30 – we’ll caravan to Big Jim Pond’s boat launch for a leisurely kayak around the pond. Bring any beverages or snacks you like. There is a small beach area where we can get out and cool off with a swim or have a snack break. Big Jim Pond is not very large – but a beautiful secluded pond.

After Paddling: Susan and Alan are inviting anyone interested to join us at our chalet for burgers. Please call ahead and let us know you’re coming so we will have a headcount for the burgers, and can inform you of any changes. If you would like to bring an appetizer/munchie, salad or a dessert, please contact Susan. And bring a folding chair if you can.

Our chalet is located in Wyman Township – off Hobbs Road – at 6 Calon Drive – abutting Stoney Brook. More detailed directions to be provided if needed day of kayak.

Monday, August 6th – again, weather permitting – a few hardy souls will bike the Esker Trail – from Wyman to the SugarBowl and back ?

Biking of the Esker trail will start at our chalet – Hobbs Rd – Wyman Township. We’ll meet again at 9:15 and leave by 9:30. This trail is best done with a mountain bike – but could also be ridden with a hybrid bike.

From the chalet we’ll bike to the start of Esker Trail (about 3 miles) via the Stratton Brook Pond Rd and on to the Fire Wardens trailhead which is also the head of the Esker Trail. (small water portage here-I’d recommend wearing water shoes)

From here it’s a 4 mile single lane path through beautiful woods – trail is considered a moderate level trail – maintained by Maine Huts and NEMBA. At the end of the Esker trail we continue on Huston Brook Rd for another 2-3 miles. Past Huston Brook Falls and ending at the Carrabassett Airport parking lot and the SugarBowll, to gather and caravan rides back to chalet. At this point anyone wanting to meet at the SugarBowl for sustenance may do so. We will organize ways to shuttle folks back to chalet to pick up cars once I have a headcount and know how many will need a ride. Anyone with a truck who can shuttle some bikes and folks back to the chalet would be helpful. Glen Bickford has offered to meet at the Huston Brook end of the Esker trail with his truck to shuttle some folks back to the chalet (Limit 4 people).

Option two: would be to stop at the end of the Esker trail and reverse directions back to chalet.

I would suggest bringing bug spray, water, snack, and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Esker trail map shows 3 areas of water crossings. I know the first one is shallow and can be ridden through successfully by some – and some not so well! – but fun anyway!

Please call so I may have a headcount and can advise of any weather related changes.

For those who need to – bike rentals are available at Happy Tunes and Allspeed at the Outdoor Center.

Questions? Call Susan at 207-318-0430.

~ Susan Fraser and Charlotte Pease


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