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Mt. Pisgah Fire Tower Hike and Geocaching, 10:00am

Update at 6:45 Saturday: The forecast has improved!  The storm should be over by 10:00.

Update at 8:50pm Friday: The weather report is calling for an 80% chance of thunderstorms at 10:00 with scattered thunderstorms at 11:00.  To log the event, we will be at GZ from 10:00-10:30, since we still want to scout the area and take a few measurements.  If the forecast holds true, we will either not hike at all or take a shorter hike to Gc1EYY0 Lynn Plourde Cache and back.  Being at the top of a fire tower in lightning is not our idea of fun.  We will reschedule this hike for July if the weather doesn't clear.  Thank you!

We will meet in the parking lot on Saturday, June 24, at 10:00am and start hiking shortly after. Since the group will be moving, to log this geocaching event, you must be present between 10:00-10:30 with geocaching team Reed2ME to sign in. A sign in sheet will be left on the Reed2ME geomobile for people to sign out as returned from the hike in case the group splits up. This will be a two mile hike. We will take the Tower Trail up, a .07 mile distance, climb the Fire Tower, then return on Blueberry Trail. Our return time will depend on the group.

Reed2ME plans to climb the Fire Tower, snack, and return on Bluebery Trail. Those wishing a shorter distance can return down Tower Road. See maps at Tower Trail: 0.7 mile moderate trail that passes by gnarly old sugar maples and climbs to the 60-foot tower, which is open to the public. Blueberry Trail: 1.3-mile on KLT-owned land, features stone walls, former fields now grown up to woodlands, and wintertime views to eastern hills. The trail crosses a small clearing which was used as a seasonal cattle pasture. KLT plans to enlarge this opening to encourage the growth of wild blueberries.

MT. PISGAH CONSERVATION AREA When you hike the Mount Pisgah trails you are walking on 400 million year old rocks that were once sediment at the bottom of the ancestral Atlantic ocean! Over the millennia, the heat and pressure of geologic processes has metamorphosed the sand and mud into the hard rock exposed today and tilted the originally horizontal layering on end. Most recently, the landscape has been scraped over by continental glaciers, leaving distinct grooves in the rock surfaces. In some areas on the mountain where limy formations are present, the soil is enriched providing ideal soil conditions for sugar maple, basswood, white ash, and eastern hophornbeam trees. The tower was initially constructed in 1949 on leased land, which was purchased by the State of Maine in 1958 to secure its continued use as a forest fire lookout. In 1991, the Maine Forest Service turned to aircraft patrols to detect forest fires, discontinuing use of many southern Maine fire towers, including the tower on Mt. Pisgah. Visitors should use caution when climbing the fire tower.

While this will be a beautiful hike, it will also be a pilgrimage for any geocacher. Geocaching was born on May 3, 2000. The GC4F9 Pisgah Firetower geocache was placed on March 19, 2001. The Cache Owner, sbosse, has not logged on to since Saturday, July 24, 2010. Reed2ME's mission will be to replace this hide to keep the listing going.

Date and Time
Start Date: 06/24/2017 Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 06/24/2017 Approx. End Time: 12:30 PM
Registration Deadline: 06/24/2017 Meet Time: 9:45 AM
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Check-in Required: Please check in and check out on sign in sheet left on the car.
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Event Location: Mt. Pisgah Road to Tower Road, Winthrop, Maine
Address: Tower Road , Winthrop , ME
Directions: From Route 133 in Wayne turn south onto Fairbanks Road. At the end, turn left onto the Mt. Pisgah Road. Travel south about 1.7 miles – the parking lot is on the left. From Route 202, turn onto North Main Street and go into North Monmouth. After about 0.7 mile, turn right on New Road, which becomes Mt. Pisgah Road. Continue for approximately 1.6 miles – the parking lot is on the right. FMI:
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