More in Sports
Grand opening of Black and White Trail
RUMFORD -- The Mahoosuc Land Trust will be celebrating the grand opening of the newly constructed Black and White Trail with a hike on Saturday.
A brief opening ceremony at 10 a.m. outside at Black Mountain of Maine will be held prior to an inaugural hike. The Black and White Trail connects Black Mountain of Maine in the Swift River Valley with Rumford Whitecap in the Ellis River Valley.
The hike is approximately five miles of moderately strenuous hiking with the 1st mile climbing the novice trail at Black, second mile down Black, next 1.5 miles on a gradual incline and then 1.5 miles descending Whitecap. A cookout will be held at the midway point and shuttles at the base of Rumford Whitecap will return hikers to cars left at Black Mountain. The hike is part of the American Hiking Society's National Trails Day.
The Black and White Trail has been a cooperative effort from several organizations. Initial funding for trail design and layout came from the Quimby Family Foundation in the summer of 2010. Trail construction was funded in part by the Recreational Trails Program. Teams from the Maine Conservation Corp cut the trail, put in water bars and stabilized the trail for hiking.
Volunteers from the Mahoouc Land Trust added to the trail construction efforts, spearheaded by the Whitecap Stewardship Committee. Members of the Stewardship Committee are Bob Iles, Chairperson, Leon Akers, Dennie Breton, Bob Duplessie, Dan Elliott and Jon Starr. Additionally, the Black Mountain Board of Directors and General Manager, Jim Carter, were very supportive of the trail work.
Hikers are asked to RSVP to the Mahoosuc Land Trust by Thursday at 824-3806 or firstname.lastname@example.org if they are going to attend the cookout and/or need a shuttle ride back to Black Mountain at the end of the hike.
The Mahoosuc Land Trust is an accredited community land trust encouraging public interest in conservation in central Oxford County, Maine, and eastern Coos County, NH, supporting a balance of growth and conservation and emphasizing sustainable and traditional land uses. For more information visit www.mahoosuc.org or call 824-3806.