Borestone Mountain Hikeathon and Open House Set for July 16
June 27, 2006 - TRC
ELLIOTSVILLE, Maine, June 27, 2006—A free open house at Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary and the fifth annual Borestone Mountain Hikeathon are set for Sunday, July 16.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Hikeathon will raise funds to help Maine Audubon conserve the 1,639-acre sanctuary. Hikers of all ages are invited to solicit pledges in advance and then choose from two round-trip hikes, 5 miles or 2.5 miles.
From 1-4 p.m. hikers and the public are invited to enjoy a free open house and cookout at the sanctuary’s historic Adirondack lodges, which are not normally open to the public. Reservations are necessary by July 12.
Audubon naturalists will be on hand during the day to answer questions about the sanctuary and its wildlife.
The hike starts from Borestone’s main gate on Bodfish Road; pledges can be turned in at the nearby sugar house. The usual gate fee will be waived for those participating in the event.
“So many people tell me how much they love to hike Borestone, how incredible the view from the summit is,” said Borestone’s manager Don Annis of Monson. “The Hikeathon is a great way for those who love the mountain to help take care of it.”
Any hiker turning in $25 or more in pledges will receive a pass that entitles the hiker and immediate family members to use Borestone sanctuary trails in 2007 without paying trail-maintenance fees. Fees are normally $4 for adults and $2 for students and those 60 or older. Access to the sanctuary is free for Audubon members and children under six.
To RSVP to the open house or for more information about participating in, making a pledge to or sponsoring the Hikeathon, call Susy Kist at (207) 781-2332, ext. 231.
Open year-round, Borestone’s 1,639 acres include old-growth forest, crystalline ponds, exposed mountain rocks and sweeping views. A seasonal trailside nature center located on the shore of Sunrise Pond features interactive displays and information about the area’s natural and human history.
Accessible only by boat or on foot, private Adirondack-style lodges accommodate retreats for adults and summer camp sessions for children. The facility can be rented for the day, weekend or week
Borestone was bequeathed to the National Audubon Society in 1958 by the family of Robert T. Moore. In 2000 the sanctuary was transferred to Maine Audubon as part of its affiliation with National Audubon.
MAINE AUDUBON works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action.
NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.