June 11th Workday

June 11th Workday

The Summer of 2016 has been a relatively cool one. At the High Peaks Alliance, we have taken advantage of the fair weather to maintain and improve the Fly Rod Crosby Trail. We held our second workday on June the 11th, with the help of some community volunteers.



Elaine Holcombe

This workday, board members were joined by AmeriCorps and Maine Conservation Corps member Dylan Cookson, Trailmaster Bud Godsoe, and community volunteers. They started at the Madrid trailhead and carpooled up an old logging road to the Horse Hobble section of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail.

The group divided into two teams that hiked south. The first team followed behind Bud Godsoe. As Bud bucked and limbed fallen trees with a chainsaw, they cleared out the cut remains and clipped branches that had grown onto the trail.

The second team forged ahead with cutter mattocks and began work on redirecting and cutting a 30-foot section of trail that was obscured by tall grass.


Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Member, Dylan Cookson.


The Horse Hobbles Section of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail is a gorgeous hike. Volunteers stopped to take in the scenery as they passed curious plants, monolithic yellow birch trees, a forest floor mottled with wildflowers, and shoulder high Hobble Bush.

The crew ended its workday with lunch by the stream. In all, the crew cleared 1 mile of trail and redirected a 30-foot section of trail. It was a productive and fun day with everyone happy to have spent so much time on this gorgeous section of the mountain trail.


Trail Master Bud Godsoe with his Chainsaw.



John Pietroski working on a side hill trail.




Let’s Get Ready to Raffle!

Let’s Get Ready to Raffle!

The Maine High Peaks Region is home to many local businesses that are supported by the region’s abundant natural resources and diverse outdoor recreation opportunities. Fly Shops, Sporting Equipment Stores, Resturants, and Resorts all come together to enable visitors and residents to take full advantage of everything the High Peaks have to offer.

The High Peaks Alliance works to build partnerships between diverse conservation and outdoor recreation interests to maintain and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities. Naturally, we have reached out to local businesses and they have taken an interest in our mission. Together we have introduced the raffle!

Have you been looking to get your hands on some high-quality merchandise or just want an excuse to help fund one of your favorite conservation organizations? Then consider checking out our raffle!

Ticket drawings will take place this fall. All proceeds will go towards High Peaks Alliance’s mission of promoting and enhancing traditional recreational access and conservation in the High Peaks region of Maine. Each ticket gives the purchaser a chance to win one of three prizes:

Website Raffle Prizes

20160603_082642Two High Peaks Area Businesses have contributed to this raffle by donating prizes. The Universal Tube Fly Tying Method kit has been donated by Chandler Pond Outfitters, just off Route 4 through Farmington. Chandler Pond Outfitters is a fairly new business, specializing in the sale of Fly Fishing accessories and Fly Tying Equipment.

EcopelagiconWe also have a pair of high-quality Leki Hiking poles donated by the Ecopelagicon Nature Store off Pond Street in Rangeley, Maine. The Ecopelagicon offers a wide variety of nature themed books, gifts, and hiking and paddling supplies. Also prominent in the store’s shelves are locally produced goods and regional maps and guidebooks.

If you would like to buy a Raffle Ticket, check us out at local celebrations and events all over the High Peaks Region for this Summer and Fall. You can also find our tickets for sale at the following local retailers:

Chandler Pond Outfitters (Starting this Friday)

–108 Fairbanks Rd Farmington, ME

The White Elephant

— 26 S Main St, Strong, ME 04983

Village Scrub Board

–2391 Main St, Rangeley, ME 04970

Video Habits

–2391 Main St, Rangeley, ME 04970


— 7 Pond St, Rangeley, ME 04970




June 11th Trail Work Day

June 11th Trail Work Day

Madrid Trail Head, Madrid, ME

Event Title:Trail Work Day on the Fly Rod Crosby Trail

We will meet at the Madrid trail head of the “Fly Rod” Crosby Trail
at 9:00 am. The trailhead is off the Reeds Mill road in Madrid and can be most
easily reached by turning onto Reeds Mill road from Route 4.  Beverages and snacks will be available at the beginning of the day. Tools will be provided.

The work site is approximately one mile along a section of the Fly
Rod Crosby trail overlooking the Hardy Stream. The work will be clearing, rerouting, and
maintaining short sections of trail
. This will be a moderately strenuous hike at over 1500 feet with sweeping views of Saddleback and Saddleback Junior. Please dress for the weather, and bring lunch, snacks, gloves, water, and sturdy hiking shoes.

We should be back at the trailhead about 3:00 pm.
Contact Dylan Cookson at:


May 14th Trail Workday

On Saturday, May 14th the High Peaks Alliance had its first trail work-day of the year on the Fly Rod Crosby Trail. High Peaks Alliance President, Milt Baston and Board Member Betsy Squibb were joined by AmeriCorps member and Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward, Dylan Cookson, and community volunteer John Pietroski.

Together they put in 16 hours of work clearing and redirecting sections of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail around tall-grass, and waterlogged and eroded areas.


Maine Calling Features ‘Fly Rod’ Crosby

Maine Calling Features ‘Fly Rod’ Crosby

‘Fly Rod’ Crosby and the trail named for her got a little positive press today thanks to MPBN Maine Calling’s Jennifer Brooks. Unfortunately, our AmeriCorps Member’s cellphone failed him when he called to talk about the trail and the High Peaks Alliance. Thankfully Sandra from West Scarborough was able to give Jennifer Brooks and her listeners a full description of the  The Fly Rod Crosby Trail to finish off the episode. Listen here to hear the full story.