Dates: July 29-August 1, 2016
Price: $429 per person – Limit 6 people
Friday, July 29 – Arrive at MCL between 2-5pm. We will get to know each other over a delicious 3 course meal, then we’ll meet after dinner to talk more about the trip and what to expect. We’ll also make sure everyone is properly equipped with the gear.
Saturday, July 30th – Early risers can sneak a peak at the sun rising over Mt. Chase. We’ll then gather and enjoy our hearty breakfast at the lodge. It’ll be hard to think about exercise after we eat all those freshly made scones. Following breakfast, we will get packed up. We will be sure to put our gear for the night in a separate pile as it will be getting transported into Baxter State Park so we don’t have to worry about carrying it. Phew! When everyone is packed and hydrated we’ll set off on our bikes right from the doorstep of Mt. Chase Lodge. We’ll head up the driveway then turn right onto RT. 159 towards Baxter State Park. The road is fairly windy and can be dangerous, so we will be sure to be careful as we peddle what is some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. Along the way, we’ll pass a spring to fill up on cold water, we’ll perhaps visit a water fall or two and then we’ll stop for lunch at Grand Lake Matagamon where we can put our feet, or maybe even our entire body, in the water! After we’re fueled up, we’ll be biking on to South Branch Pond. From here, the road is dirt, but just as fun.
After a total of 26 miles on our bikes, we’ll be ready for a swim at South Branch Pond. Our gear will be there waiting for us and you can sit back and relax as your guide(s) cook you a delicious dinner. We’ll spend the evening by the lake, listening to the loons and enjoying the starry skies and discussing our options and making a plan for the next day.
Sunday, July 31st – There are several different incredible options of how we can spend our day at South Branch Pond. Short Hikes, Long Hikes, canoeing or just relaxing at the beach. We’ll discuss our best option for the day and look forward to another delicious meal prepared by your guides.
Monday, August 1st – Today we’ll bike back to Shin Pond from South Branch Pond. Upon arrival at the lodge, you can take some time to recharge before your drive home.
Please note: You’ll need to bring a bike that you are comfortable riding over varied terrain. You will also need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad. All food is included. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or preferences you may have.