facebook

A Glorious Day for a Hike at Skolfield Shores Preserve

by Jamie Pacheco

Boat house at high tide (Jamie Pacheco photo)

Boat house at high tide (Jamie Pacheco photo)

It was a glorious day for a hike, being the second day I was allowed out of the house on my own this month. I broke my collarbone on January 2nd which has kept me cooped up for the last two weeks and has led me to believe that Alpine skiing is a horrible endeavor. On this first outdoor excursion I headed for a new trail. Skolfield Shores Preserve is located off Harpswell Neck Road near the Brunswick town line, right next to Merrucoonegan Farm.

The thing I remember most about this early morning hike is the incredible quality of the light twinkling down through the wintery trees. Why doesn’t everyone hike in the early hours? Unfortunately my trusty (once drowned iPhone), was not up to capturing that particular quality of light.

Salt marsh (Jamie Pacheco photo)

Salt marsh (Jamie Pacheco photo)

The trail begins by walking by the old farm house and coming quickly to a spur trail to the left called Meadow Trail. The image of a meadow was too alluring for me to resist (remember this is January and summer is a distant memory). About one minute later I walked into a picturesque little meadow situated next to the ocean, where I could imagine summer picnics, followed by a quick dip. There was even an old boat house to look at while swimming. What could be more glorious?

Field of streaming light (Jamie Pacheco photo)

Field of streaming light (Jamie Pacheco photo)

After leaving the meadow, I continued down the trail, which is two consecutive loops with two bridges connecting them. The western side of these loops runs along the top of Middle Bay Cove and as you turn onto the Eastern side of these loops you walk along the salt marsh up to a field. The salt marsh, due to the partially melting ice, made it seem as if I was looking into the cracks of another world. As for the field, I have always loved open spaces, and it put a smile on my face to look across it as that twinkly morning light streamed down.

Bridge (Jamie Pacheco photo)

Bridge (Jamie Pacheco photo)

Of the two bridges connecting these loops the first bridge is super nifty in an anxiety-inducing, it might tip me into the mini ravine, sort of way. Don’t worry, my good sense didn’t leave me and I did not end up in the mini ravine.

All in all, this was an enjoyable one mile trail that should take you about 30 minutes if you aren’t day dreaming about picnics, beautiful light and salt marsh worlds. It is suitable for almost anyone as the terrain is easy and altitude doesn’t change much.
For more information and a trail map, click here.

For more information and a trail map, click here.

January 2015

This article is one of many as part of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Outdoor Adventure Blog. Click here to browse others. We invite everyone who explores the outdoors in Harpswell to submit stories and photos of their adventures for inclusion. We reserve the right to edit submissions. Send your stories to Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org. Thanks!