Posted Oct. 05, 2012, at 9:56 a.m.

Saturday, October 6 to Sunday, October 28, 2012; 9:48 a.m. to 1:48 p.m.

Location: Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Downeast Highway, Orland, ME

Contact: Cheri Domina; (207) 469-2008

Website: greatpondtrust.com

Great Pond Mountain

Conservation Trust

October News & Events

GPMCT Events & Volunteer Opportunities…

Wildlife Habitat Workdays, Sundays, October 7, 14, 21… Join Brian in the Wildlands Sunday afternoons from 12:30-3:30 pm thru Oct. 21 to help build brushpiles, put up birdhouses and other projects. We need YOU! Meet at South Gate on Rte. 1 in East Orland and bring work gloves, water, snacks and favorite tools. Call Brian at 479-2673 for more info.

Stargazing in the Wildlands, Saturday, October 13… Celebrate Maine’s starry skys with the Penobscot Valley Star Gazers, Saturday, October 13, at an evening of celestial wonderment in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. Telescopes and astronomers will be available to help all ages view stars, planets and galaxies. Bring a chair or blanket, a flashlight, warm clothes and stargazing gear if you have it. Come to the Wildlands South Gate (Rte. 1 at the Rte. 176 intersection) at 5:30 pm and drive in on Valley Road about 2 miles. For more information, e-mail davenport@galaxymaine.com, call 469-2008 or visit www.greatpondtrust.org for weather updates.

Peak-a-week hikes, October 6, 12, 27… You may never summit Mt. Everest, but you can brag about bagging the highest peaks in five towns if you attend our fall hikes, led by local guides!

Saturday, Oct. 6, enjoy fall foliage from 1,038-ft. Great Pond Mountain in Orland with Cheri Domina. Meet at Craig Brook Fish Hatchery, Hatchery Road at 9 am to carpool. This is a moderately difficult hike of about 2 miles round trip. Rain date Oct. 7. Call 469-2008 or e-mail info@greatpondtrust.org for more info.

Friday, Oct. 12, head up Penobscot’s 463-ft. Wallamatogus Mountain with Jane Crosen and Jan Carpenter. The two-mile moderate hike ascends through blueberry fields and on gravel jeep roads. Meet 1 pm at Pierce’s Pond boat landing on Mill Creek Road off Rte. 175. For more info, call Jane at 326-4850 or jcrosenmaps@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 27, (rescheduled from Sept. 29) tackle 709-ft. Jacob Buck Mountain in Bucksport with Scott Bennett, a moderately-difficult 3-mile hike with “modest elevation gain.” Meet at 10 am at Bucksport True Value Hardware to carpool. WEAR BLAZE ORANGE! More info at 825-4709 or scottcom36@roadrunner.com.

Esker Path Workday, Sunday, October 21… this will be our last trails workday this year, and we need YOU! We’re meeting at 1 pm at South Gate and will be working on the north end of the Esker Path to make sure that it remains an enjoyable and easily navigable part of our trail system. Call 825-4709 or scottcom36@roadrunner.com.

Wildlands Trail Run and barefoot demo, Oct. 28… Lace up your running shoes for the annual Wildlands Trail Run, Sunday, October 28. This 7-mile run in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands takes in gravel roads and some single-track with plenty of hills. Expect roots, rocks, mud and moose! Register starting at 10:30 am – race begins at noon. Enter the Route One gate (near the Rte. 176 intersection) and drive in on Valley Road 2.5 miles to Hothole Brook parking area. Pre-register for $10; registration on race day is $15. Bring a friend and your entry is $5. All proceeds benefit Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! For more information, trail map, registration form, volunteer sign-up, CLICK HERE (and scroll down) or contact Peter Keeney at 288-3909 or pktrldrt@myfairpoint.net. Following the race, Theresa Withee will explain and demonstrate the principles of barefoot running. Withee, of Camden, began barefoot running in Spring, 2008 and has completed the Boston Marathon and the MDI Marathon since that time. She also completed the Pineland Farms 15-mile run in what are called “minimalist shoes.”

Christmas Greens Gathering, Sundays, Dec. 2 & 9… Mark your calendars for our annual wild Christmas tree event!