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Last week I wrote about the Hills to Sea Trail, and the first day of the through hike that I did in April 2020. This week I will cover the second and third days of the hike. On the second day, my father and I left directly from our home early in the morning. On this day we brought our dog, Woodrow, as well.

We made good time that morning, hiking through familiar territory, and soon crossed the nearby Penney Road.  Though we did not take this detour on this particular day, there exists a beautiful offshoot called the Hidden Knoll Trail. This scenic route includes a rise and fall pattern for much off it, with an incredible view of a gully surrounded on all sides by hills.

Speaking of beautiful views, we soon saw another just after crossing Halldale Road where the trail passes above a beautiful valley, containing the headwaters of the Sheepscot River, with a bench at the overlook. From there, the trail continues up Hogback Mountain, where the clearing at the summit presents a sublime view of the surrounding land.

On this day we saw a hiker, something that was actually quite unusual during this endeavor. He lived in Southern California, and was enjoying the change of scenery.

At this point, my mother, who had joined us at the Halldale Road intersection, headed back to the road, taking Woodrow with her, while my father and I continued toward Frye Mountain, where after years of growth, the summit no longer presented a view.

On the descent, we were lost briefly, accidentally continuing on a logging road. Soon we realized our mistake, and after consulting our map, backtracked to the trail. By this point it was evening and we had hiked probably 18 miles with steep elevation gain over Hogback and Frye mountains. Soon after, we arrived at Route 137, where we were picked up.

On day three we were dropped off at 137 for the final leg to Belfast. After a short spell on the road, the trail soon plunges back into the forest, and traverses some pleasant rolling hills, with beautifully crafted stone steps. Our friend Jon Thurston is a steward on this section of trail, and he keeps it well maintained.

The trail flattened more after the hilly section, and before long we found ourselves behind the Waldo County Technical Center, where the final leg of the trail is considered to begin. There was some clearcut after that, and beyond that the Belfast trailhead. Having completed the official hike, my father and I continued along the 2.3-mile Belfast Rail Trail into downtown Belfast. The rail trail was a perfect ending to the wilderness hike, and could be completed with ease.

Contrary to the rest of the trail, which we found to be mostly devoid of people, here the path was busy, because of the low difficulty and proximity to Belfast. Finally, we found ourselves at Belfast Harbor, looking out upon the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Our three-day journey from the hills to the seas was finally complete.

Notices

The Montville Select Board is looking to appoint one member to the Budget Committee, to finish up a term that ends at the 2023 town meeting. If you are interested, please contact the Select Board’s office at 342-5543, or montville@fairpoint.net.

Friends of Haystack Mountain will be showing the film “Defending the Dark” at Walker Elementary School on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and will follow this with a hike up Haystack Mountain. Bring a headlamp if you plan to hike! To find out more, visit the Facebook page for Liberty Community News.