Thursday, July 9, 2009

Presumpscot River Trail

TMR needs to either mix it up and explore other trails for our TNR or maybe do a thursday night run too (at a trail near you). Today, my son Will and I met up with the xc team at the Summit St. trailhead of the (Presumpscot) River trail. Sasha tSB and I took off alone, while the team was still waiting on stragglers. The trail itself is fun because it has little dips up and down the streams (very little compared to say, Twin Brook) and a narrow single-track section with some really tall brush that made me feel like I was running from the Pirates in the Swiss Family Robinson. The trail is in pretty awesome shape given the rain and above flood stage river. But the flooded streams made the creek crossings fun and the amount of mud was just enough to make it fun but not so much to be a bother. The Indian Pipes are beginning to bloom on the Summit St. segment and the acre of Equisetum near the Rt100/26 end of the trail is spectacular. But the falls were stunning. Really big, really fast, really scary water.

4 comments:

  1. Where is that trail head? Does the trail go anywhere near Spring street on the back side of the old airport entrance?

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  2. That is my favorite trail in Portland, although I haven't run it yet this year. Thursday nights sound good.

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  3. I'm out for Thursday nights since I am at Maine Running those evenings, but I'll have to get out on those trails one of these days and check them out.

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  4. Back from backcountry...Kevin - it sounds like you are talking about the fore river trail. I'm talking about the Presumpscot River trail. Click on the link above to find the trailhead using google maps. If you go right after reaching the river, you get to a great waterfall, but the trail ends, so you have to turn around.

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