Backwoods trail riders take note. The official opening for the Perham Stream Bridge on the multi-use trail in Madrid is happening on Saturday, August the 27th at 12 pm. The bridge is at the confluence of Perham and Orbeton Streams in Madrid Township and is a major crossing on the ITS 84/89 snowmobile trails and the Moose Loop ATV trail. This long-awaited, much needed, single-span steel girder bridge replaces a previous bridge which had been damaged during Hurricane Irene.
A ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with free hot dogs and burgers, is the final stage of a three-year collaborative process between the High Peaks Alliance, North Franklin Snowmobile Club, Narrow Gauge Riders ATV club, landowner Mark Beauregard and others. Funding for the bridge included grants from Maine’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the Franklin County TIF program and the Betterment Fund. The contractor for the project was N.F. Luce under the direction of Brian Luce. The trail only needed to be closed for one week while the old bridge was removed and the new one was installed. The bridge is now open for public motorized and non-motorized recreation with a vehicle width restriction of 60” (exceptions being made for snowmobile trail groomers). Food and supplies for the event have been donated by local businesses, The White Elephant in Strong, Edmunds Market in Phillips, and the Coca-Cola Bottling Co Distributor in Farmington.
Maine’s multi-use ITS 84/89 trail crosses the Orbeton Stream parcel, an area of working forest conserved through a conservation easement in 2015 secured by the Trust for Public Lands with funding from the Forest Legacy and Land for Maine’s Future programs and many generous donors. The High Peaks Alliance served as a local partner for the Trust for Public Land in establishing the easement which preserves public access to this beautiful trail for riders, bikers, and hikers.
The celebration will be happening at the site of the Perham Stream Bridge. Parking for the event will be on Reeds Mill Road near the intersection with ITS 84/89. Additional parking is available near the Madrid Trail Head of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail Those attending can walk, or take an ATV to the bridge from Reeds Mill Road. A truck will also be available to shuttle people to and from the bridge.
Take Route 4 to Madrid and turn onto Reeds Mill Road. Continue for just under five miles. You will pass the Star Yoga Barn on the left, the ITS 84/89 intersection is at the bottom of the hill and across the bridge.
The High Peaks Alliance is pleased to announce that we have received two new prizes available for our ongoing raffle!
The first of the new donations comes to us from River’s Edge Sports of Oquossoc, Maine. River’s Edge generously donated a pair of books on the History of the Rangeley Lakes Region. “The Rangeley and Its Region” and “A History of Rangeley Hotels & Camps,” are must haves for history buff who are fond of the Rangeley Lakes and the history of outdoor sports.
The second new donation comes from Chandler Pond Outfitters in Farmington. This very generous donation is a 13 foot Fly Rod made by the WFTFL*Y company.
We would like to offer our most sincere thanks to community businesses for donating to our raffle. All proceeds from our raffle go to benefit the High Peaks Alliance and its programs. If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket please contact Dylan Cookson at (207) 416-4952 or visit these area businesses to purchase raffle tickets in their storefronts:
Chandler Pond Outfitters
–108 Fairbanks Rd Farmington, ME
The White Elephant
— 26 S Main St, Strong, ME 04983
Village Scrub Board
–2391 Main St, Rangeley, ME 04970
–2391 Main St, Rangeley, ME 04970
— 7 Pond St, Rangeley, ME 04970
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:
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.