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In all of the Moosehead Lake Region there are few hiking trails like that which winds up the 1,981 foot conical peaks of Borestone Mountain. Borestone had lain on private property for many years until a few decades ago, when the land was graciously donated to the National Audubon Society. During June 1st through October 31st, there is a fee charged by the Audubon Society to hike the trail - $1.50 for adults and $1 for students - and is gated off the rest of the year. As this is a nature preserve, do not bring pets on the hike; they are not allowed.
Getting there: From Monson, take the Elliotsville Road (a tarred road), which is marked by the Audobon Society sign. Continue over bridge, turn left, cross the railroad tracks. 0.1 miles later is the trailhead. There is a parking area on the left.
The Trail: The trail, a wide dirt road, rises gently through a hardwood forest. At 0.6 miles there is a side trail which has views of Little Greenwood Pond and Greenwood Mountain (and if you're here at the right time of year you will find some great blueberry picking!). At 1.3 miles you come to the Robert T. Moore Visitor Center which lies next to Sunrise Pond (Sunrise Pond, along with Midday Pond and Sunset Pond, are called Moore's Ponds). At the nature center are a variety of exhibits that tell of the many plants and animals living on Borestone - one of which is the peregrine falcon, reintroduced to the area a few years ago.
As the trail continues up the mountain, it rises steeply. At 0.5 miles there are rocks which you'll have to climb over before you reach the true summit, but you'll soon discover that the extensive panorama is well worth the effort. In the south is Big Greenwood Pond, in the west are Sunset and Midday Ponds, in the east is Lake Onawa, speckled with islands, and in the north is the Barren-Chairback Range over which runs the Appalachian Trail. The prominent, rocky gap in the forested slope is called Barren Ledges and if you look carefully, on the peak of Barren Mountain, you can see a fire tower. In the 1950s Borestone had its own fire tower, but when the landowner did not renew the lease, it was removed - and rebuilt on Barren.
Other than Barren Mountain, there are more sights of interest in the area that you may wish to visit as you leave Borestone. Before you reach the bridge there is a campground with great views of Big Wilson Stream and Falls. On the other side of the bridge, turn right and drive 0.7 miles to the Little Wilson Campsite where there are grand views of Little Wilson Falls which is the highest along the entire 2,000 mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail.Back to Hiking
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