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racatv
12-15-2007, 06:14 PM
I know we're closed down for the winter but does anyone have any good legal ATV freindly caches I can add to my list. I made a good list of the ones I've found and would love to try some new trails. Thanks, racatv:)

Haffy
12-15-2007, 08:24 PM
There are tons of them up in Aroostock county.The whole county is ATV friendly with many caches along the trails. Also on the old Newport to Dover Foxcroft railbed which is ATV friendly there are many more caches along that trail as well.

darterkitfox
12-15-2007, 08:43 PM
Two of them on the Buckfield rail bed also

dí76
12-16-2007, 12:21 AM
menace66 has a series of rails to trails caches that I did with out an atv and they where ok, but went back and did some of them on the atv later and they made alot more sence. I liked them alot, riding on atv for them. Good luck.

Hiram357
12-16-2007, 12:38 AM
I know we're closed down for the winter but does anyone have any good legal ATV freindly caches I can add to my list. I made a good list of the ones I've found and would love to try some new trails. Thanks, racatv:)

Closed down for the winter??? :confused:

Well I don't know about ATV caches... FirefighterJake is a good reference for those though. :D

firefighterjake
12-17-2007, 07:53 AM
Well the two really prime areas have been mentioned . . . the Newport to Dover-Foxcroft RR bed has a bunch of caches placed by Menace66 that are quick and easy to do . . . ironically while I've ridden the railroad bed many a time on my ATV and sled I did all of these caches the "hard" way (well not really, most were not all that far from a road crossing and walking on near level terrain isn't really all that challenging even for a short, fat, out of shape guy like me :) ;). If you're looking for a quick day ride (and combining some caching) this is a nice, easy ride up and back and Menace brings you to some nice places (i.e. ponds, scenic views, historical dam site) that you would normally miss if you were just chugging on by on an ATV.

Also mentioned previously is the caches placed in the County . . . again, I've ridden these trails many times by sled and ATV and with the exception of one of my earliest cache finds did most of them relying on Jakepower vs. horsepower. There are many, many caches here, but one of my earliest that I found and one of the most enjoyable ATV-friendly cache was up on Mar's Hill . . . the view from the top is incredible . . . however access now is limited so you would want to plan your trip via ATV accordingly. In terms of ATVing, the County is a wonderful place to ride as folks there are very friendly towards the ATVing community -- it's the only place I've ever been where you can ride on a city sidewalk (Van Buren) and police officers will actually give you a friendly wave.

Of course there are some other ATV accessible caches here and there . . . I, myself, have placed two or three caches in Troy/Jackson that can be accessed by ATVs . . . in fact Steverph found two of them while attending our annual ATV poker run with the Troy ATV Club a couple of years ago.

If you're all about the journey and not the numbers a truly great ride is to go from the Airline Snack Bar on Rt. 9 and ride to Grand Lake Stream . . . there is at least one cache in Grand Lake Stream. The cache itself is a micro (and I've not blown away by micros), but it's in a great spot and Grand Lake Stream is a great little town to visit by ATVs (all the town roads there are ATV Access Routes.) There are some great views on the ride to Grand Lake Stream and some neat areas . . . including the "Cell Phone Booth" which consists of a little spot on top of a bluff that offers a wonderful 180 degree panoramic view of the countryside.

dubord207
12-17-2007, 06:31 PM
It seems that, historically, ATV's and Snowmobiles don't mix well in winter months. In fact, ATV's can't use ITS trails. While it is a bit of a poke, Quebec province, ST. George for example, has both groomed snowmobile trails and ATV trails all done by the same clubs. There are a ton of caches in Quebec and as you know a big event is being planned for next summer. In the meantime, I don't think we're closed down at all, it's just a little harder and we have to pick and choose where we go. Di and I went 7 for 8 this past Saturday so "game on!" Happy ATV'ing!

firefighterjake
12-18-2007, 07:22 AM
It seems that, historically, ATV's and Snowmobiles don't mix well in winter months. In fact, ATV's can't use ITS trails. While it is a bit of a poke, Quebec province, ST. George for example, has both groomed snowmobile trails and ATV trails all done by the same clubs. There are a ton of caches in Quebec and as you know a big event is being planned for next summer. In the meantime, I don't think we're closed down at all, it's just a little harder and we have to pick and choose where we go. Di and I went 7 for 8 this past Saturday so "game on!" Happy ATV'ing!

I think Racatv might have meant he was compiling a list of ATV friendly caches in Maine so when he comes up in late Spring or Summer he can combine geocaching and ATVing all in one . . . I didn't interpret his post as being that of a person who wants to ride his ATV on the trails and go geocaching right now.

Around here (knock on wood) I don't see too many folks using their ATVs on sled trails . . . other than an occasional tracked ATV which is of course legal providing they register their ATV as a sled (which I have mixed feelings about -- both the cost of having to register the same vehicle twice, the speed of the ATV, etc.) As a member of both a snowmobile club and two ATV Clubs I view both outdoor activities as viable with similar goals -- something that the MSA President has finally come around to seeing as well which is a change from the anti-ATV bias he and the MSA seemed to share until just recently.

Personally what I like to see in the winter months is snowmobile clubs working with the non-motorized folks to provide groomed cross country ski trails. I know the PI clubs and other clubs in the County have been doing this for years with great success (proving that the motorized and non-motorized folks can also work together towards a common goal) and just last year a local club started to do the same for its local skiers.

dubord207
12-19-2007, 06:10 PM
You're spot on about ATV's, sleds and XC skiers. To me it seems the furthur north you go, the less likely you are to run into the extreme prejudices sommon around here. I do all three but if I catch an ATV on an ITS trail, particularily one I may have groomed then it's not pretty. Likewise, I always give a friendly was to XC skiers when we meet them on snowmobile trails but it irks me when a skier gives you "that look." I have both traditional and skating cross country skis and groomed snowmobile trails are perfect and unless you're deaf, skiers have plenty of time to get out of the way of oncoming sleds. My last two rides last winter were on ITS 85 out of Bingham on a weekend. I spent most of my time shaking my fist at idiots driving foolishly. Anyway, my guess is that geo-cachers enjoying any of these sports would be most inclined to do so with great respect for the others out there. I think that's the clear message I'm getting from this group. Are they grooming out your way and toward Frye Mountain? There's one cache, I think it's Cache with a View in the Frye Mgt. area I want to bag this winter.

Medawisla
12-19-2007, 07:16 PM
Are they grooming out your way and toward Frye Mountain? There's one cache, I think it's Cache with a View in the Frye Mgt. area I want to bag this winter.

Frye Mt is awesome! It's hard to find though. We drove around it several times looking for the entrance/trailhead...the bottom is being developed. You may want to take rope with you; I remember a steep bit on rock just past a really big tree, which could be icy this time of year.

dubord207
12-20-2007, 07:25 AM
Thanks for the advise. I do plan on riding over to the Frye Mountain area by snowmobile as soon as I hear the trails have been groomed. I think there's a cache hidden up by an old school bus that sits on the high side of a field you can see off rte 137 after you drive past the Ingraham farm. Not sure if the trail goes up there or not. Ropes-nope! I'm too old for rope climbing. Hopefully the cache is near a snowmobile trail.

firefighterjake
12-20-2007, 09:01 AM
You're spot on about ATV's, sleds and XC skiers. To me it seems the furthur north you go, the less likely you are to run into the extreme prejudices sommon around here. I do all three but if I catch an ATV on an ITS trail, particularily one I may have groomed then it's not pretty. Likewise, I always give a friendly was to XC skiers when we meet them on snowmobile trails but it irks me when a skier gives you "that look." I have both traditional and skating cross country skis and groomed snowmobile trails are perfect and unless you're deaf, skiers have plenty of time to get out of the way of oncoming sleds. My last two rides last winter were on ITS 85 out of Bingham on a weekend. I spent most of my time shaking my fist at idiots driving foolishly. Anyway, my guess is that geo-cachers enjoying any of these sports would be most inclined to do so with great respect for the others out there. I think that's the clear message I'm getting from this group. Are they grooming out your way and toward Frye Mountain? There's one cache, I think it's Cache with a View in the Frye Mgt. area I want to bag this winter.

I have said and always will say that there's room for the motorized and non-motorized folks alike.

RE: Frye Mountain . . . They've started grooming up that way. Cache With a View is a nice one . . . but you'll be doing some serious digging right about now.

firefighterjake
12-20-2007, 09:03 AM
Frye Mt is awesome! It's hard to find though. We drove around it several times looking for the entrance/trailhead...the bottom is being developed. You may want to take rope with you; I remember a steep bit on rock just past a really big tree, which could be icy this time of year.

If I remember correctly there are a couple of caches at Frye Mountain . . . Noreasta has one and then there's another (I thought this one was Cache with a View) placed by another cacher which would require some digging . . . this is the one right on the snowmobile trail . . . runs right by an old schoolbus in a field.

firefighterjake
12-20-2007, 09:06 AM
Thanks for the advise. I do plan on riding over to the Frye Mountain area by snowmobile as soon as I hear the trails have been groomed. I think there's a cache hidden up by an old school bus that sits on the high side of a field you can see off rte 137 after you drive past the Ingraham farm. Not sure if the trail goes up there or not. Ropes-nope! I'm too old for rope climbing. Hopefully the cache is near a snowmobile trail.

I guess I should read all the posts before replying . . . :rolleyes:

Again, the trails are groomed at Frye Mountain . . . if things go well I should be riding around there this weekend with any luck as my brother-in-law is coming up from CT . . . not sure where we'll go from there.

The Cache With a View is (I believe) the cache near the old schoolbus that is right off the sled trail . . . 25-50 feet if I remember correctly (but it's been awhile since I found that one.) Incidentally, I'm impressed . . . you know about the Ingraham Farm . . . you continue to amaze me!

dubord207
12-20-2007, 04:22 PM
David Ingraham used to drive my standardbreds when I was big time into the harness racing game. I bought one yearling Winsong Krystal that won 28 Maine breeders cup races in a row. David drove her the first twelve races or so. Good driver, comes from good stock. Don't think he's still in the circuit. As far as snow caches go, I'm not sure what the snowflake means. Does it mean we can get to it, because with all the stuff we have we can get to them; or does it mean you don't have to dig it out? Home early today, doing an Appeals Board hearing this evening with one of my clients and did buy a Palm so I'm trying to get that thing to work. Might be a year or so before I figure this thing out. I live on 3 Mile Pond and when conditions are right in this area (rare the last few years) we go thru Palermo's trails to Lake St. George and then on to Frye. They used to have some wide "supersonic" trails. Have family stuff all this weekend but might hit those trails Monday. Have fun!

Haffy
12-20-2007, 06:09 PM
The Cache With a View is (I believe) the cache near the old schoolbus that is right off the sled trail . . . 25-50 feet if I remember correctly (but it's been awhile since I found that one.)



Here is the old schoolbus at the end of the trail nearby.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a125/haffy6/Oldschoolbus.jpg

Hiram357
12-21-2007, 08:32 AM
heh, if memory serves me right (one in a billion...) I think i remember getting the jeep to that spot (unless theres more than one buss) but was still a ways from the cache (too far for me to feel like walking...) :D :rolleyes:

firefighterjake
12-21-2007, 09:10 AM
David Ingraham used to drive my standardbreds when I was big time into the harness racing game. I bought one yearling Winsong Krystal that won 28 Maine breeders cup races in a row. David drove her the first twelve races or so. Good driver, comes from good stock. Don't think he's still in the circuit. As far as snow caches go, I'm not sure what the snowflake means. Does it mean we can get to it, because with all the stuff we have we can get to them; or does it mean you don't have to dig it out? Home early today, doing an Appeals Board hearing this evening with one of my clients and did buy a Palm so I'm trying to get that thing to work. Might be a year or so before I figure this thing out. I live on 3 Mile Pond and when conditions are right in this area (rare the last few years) we go thru Palermo's trails to Lake St. George and then on to Frye. They used to have some wide "supersonic" trails. Have family stuff all this weekend but might hit those trails Monday. Have fun!

And the mystery deepens . . . race car driver . . . race horse owner . . . is there anything you guys haven't done? ;) :D

Snowflake icon generally means the cache doesn't involve any digging . . . in general these caches tend to be located up high (tree stumps, dead trees, etc.)

Frye Mountain still has wide, flat trails where you can really move . . . and move safely.

firefighterjake
12-21-2007, 09:10 AM
Here is the old schoolbus at the end of the trail nearby.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a125/haffy6/Oldschoolbus.jpg

That would be the one.

firefighterjake
12-21-2007, 09:11 AM
heh, if memory serves me right (one in a billion...) I think i remember getting the jeep to that spot (unless theres more than one buss) but was still a ways from the cache (too far for me to feel like walking...) :D :rolleyes:

It is very possible to drive down this trail with a 4WD vehicle . . . but the cache isn't all that far away from the bus.

firefighterjake
12-21-2007, 09:13 AM
In the interest of going off track as we frequently do here at gcmaine.org . . .

Dubord . . . do you do wills or can you recommend someone that can do simple wills . . . this is something my wife and I have thought about doing. Also, is it possible to be emancipated from a child . . . the only emancipation I tend to hear about generally involves a child being emancipated from an adult.

Hiram357
12-21-2007, 03:36 PM
In the interest of going off track as we frequently do here at gcmaine.org . . .

Dubord . . . do you do wills or can you recommend someone that can do simple wills . . . this is something my wife and I have thought about doing. Also, is it possible to be emancipated from a child . . . the only emancipation I tend to hear about generally involves a child being emancipated from an adult.

Keep in mind jake that this is the ORCA section of the forums and probably the biggest violators of the threadjackings are *cough* orcas.... :rolleyes: ;) :D :p

Mainiac1957
12-21-2007, 04:48 PM
Keep in mind jake that this is the ORCA section of the forums and probably the biggest violators of the threadjackings are *cough* orcas.... :rolleyes: ;) :D :p

No one really reads these posts other than ORCAS. So no one really cares!!!!:rolleyes: :D :p ;)

hollora
12-21-2007, 05:40 PM
No one really reads these posts other than ORCAS. So no one really cares!!!!:rolleyes: :D :p ;)

Ahhh, ahhh - on occasion of the fireman carry down from bedroom on Level 2 to Groundfloor on Wednesday - Ralph called me a whale (just kidding) - I read the posts!:D Do enjoy offroad - as CM1 will attest just have never traveled the journey with you all yet........:eek: Hope I can keep up.:)

Just glad I was not on Warren Island or out with you camping in the snow when things decided to not work well ;)

Anyway - if you go camping before I return from the South - like, have a great time!:D You all deserve it!

dubord207
12-21-2007, 05:44 PM
Let me preface this by stating I do not advertise so if any of would like to know about areas in which I practice, please feel free to e-mail me at ddubord@dubordlaw.com. That said, yes, wills are the bread and butter of my practice. Most people can get by with simple reciprocal wills,mom and dad to each other than to their children. You also need an Advanced Health Care Directive (what that poor girl in Florida, Terry Schiavo, did not have) which names people who would make medical decisions for you if you could not make them yourself.( Bet you've heard of these if you've run with ambulances or rescue squads) Lastly, a Durable Power of Attorney is part of my "package" which allows the named designate to make financial decisions for you and sign documents if you cannot. The cost for this is much less than you would think and you can call me to discuss that if you'd like. I'd be happy to do these things for you. (Office phone is 872-2743. Anyway, I'm off until Wednesday, work that day and then head to Jupiter Florida to cache and bake in the sun. I'm bringing the laptop so I can stay in touch with you guys. Sleds on China Lake and 3 Mile Pond today. Let the games begin!!!!!!

dí76
12-21-2007, 06:10 PM
Let me preface this by stating I do not advertise so if any of would like to know about areas in which I practice, please feel free to e-mail me at ddubord@dubordlaw.com. That said, yes, wills are the bread and butter of my practice. Most people can get by with simple reciprocal wills,mom and dad to each other than to their children. You also need an Advanced Health Care Directive (what that poor girl in Florida, Terry Schiavo, did not have) which names people who would make medical decisions for you if you could not make them yourself.( Bet you've heard of these if you've run with ambulances or rescue squads) Lastly, a Durable Power of Attorney is part of my "package" which allows the named designate to make financial decisions for you and sign documents if you cannot. The cost for this is much less than you would think and you can call me to discuss that if you'd like. I'd be happy to do these things for you. (Office phone is 872-2743. Anyway, I'm off until Wednesday, work that day and then head to Jupiter Florida to cache and bake in the sun. I'm bringing the laptop so I can stay in touch with you guys. Sleds on China Lake and 3 Mile Pond today. Let the games begin!!!!!!


OHHH!!!!!!!!! sleds on ponds. UH OH DIFW just did a peice on the news about the ice the other day. Maybe you should contact them about wills. HEHEHE, someone will be at the bottom of a pond by the weekend you watch. Be safe all you guys that ride.

Happy holidays.

firefighterjake
12-23-2007, 07:13 AM
Let me preface this by stating I do not advertise so if any of would like to know about areas in which I practice, please feel free to e-mail me at ddubord@dubordlaw.com. That said, yes, wills are the bread and butter of my practice. Most people can get by with simple reciprocal wills,mom and dad to each other than to their children. You also need an Advanced Health Care Directive (what that poor girl in Florida, Terry Schiavo, did not have) which names people who would make medical decisions for you if you could not make them yourself.( Bet you've heard of these if you've run with ambulances or rescue squads) Lastly, a Durable Power of Attorney is part of my "package" which allows the named designate to make financial decisions for you and sign documents if you cannot. The cost for this is much less than you would think and you can call me to discuss that if you'd like. I'd be happy to do these things for you. (Office phone is 872-2743. Anyway, I'm off until Wednesday, work that day and then head to Jupiter Florida to cache and bake in the sun. I'm bringing the laptop so I can stay in touch with you guys. Sleds on China Lake and 3 Mile Pond today. Let the games begin!!!!!!

This sounds perfect . . . I'll try to catch up with you when you return from your Florida vacation. Thanks for the reply.

RE: Sleds on ponds . . . maybe I am a little too cautious, but I am still staying off the ponds and lakes. I blew a corner yesterday on the sled (well actually I drifted on the hard packed trail and the powder just sucked me off the trail) . . . figured I would ride it through and jump back on the trail . . . instead I ended up getting mired in about six inches of thick mud. Took my brother and me a bit to break the suction and get it out . . . still plenty of wet holes and running water out there . . . some of it just hidden below the snow.

dubord207
12-23-2007, 09:25 AM
I'm with you brother. I won't venture onto 3 Mile Pond until a whole pile of people have been out and about. My home was used as a staging area for the warden service a few years ago when a guy drove his 4 wheeler thru THREE inches of ice. Not pretty. Did a DU cache at the Richmond exit yesterday on way to Portland. I spent about half an hour chatting with a Richmond Police officer who wanted to know "What the heck are you doing down that bank digging in the snow? What's in that box?" Anyway, she is interested in caching, has a cub scout troop, now has our site info, my recommendation for a GARMIN gps, sorry, so maybe another convert. First time I've stood in front of a cruiser with lights on and not been concerned about the number of points on my drivers record. Dianne's family today, mine tomorrow and Christmas. We will be a Caching Karen's get together on the 27th. Merry Christmas to you, your family and the rest of the cachers out there.:D

racatv
08-02-2008, 11:33 PM
Wow...I started this post a long time ago and lost track of it and found it again..thanks to all of you. We rode the trails in Newport...nice but rail trails can be boring..also rode most if not all the trails out of Bingham..most caches are great..Deathwish ,CRAZY..but a little off the trail: Foster's Solitude...awesome but again off the trail. Foss Pond boat launch..fun, I could go on but again attributes show ATV and they are off the trail. I don't like to get landowners mad so we miss a lot of caches that we probably could ride right up too. Would LOVE more info about the trail out of The Airline Diner so firfighter jake you seem to be the pro, please give me more info...camping, caches, fall lodging..Thanks!

darterkitfox
08-03-2008, 07:10 AM
Gee racatv, perhaps you could email the cache owners and they could mail you the log. Would that be easy enough?

firefighterjake
08-06-2008, 07:42 AM
Wow...I started this post a long time ago and lost track of it and found it again..thanks to all of you. We rode the trails in Newport...nice but rail trails can be boring..also rode most if not all the trails out of Bingham..most caches are great..Deathwish ,CRAZY..but a little off the trail: Foster's Solitude...awesome but again off the trail. Foss Pond boat launch..fun, I could go on but again attributes show ATV and they are off the trail. I don't like to get landowners mad so we miss a lot of caches that we probably could ride right up too. Would LOVE more info about the trail out of The Airline Diner so firfighter jake you seem to be the pro, please give me more info...camping, caches, fall lodging..Thanks!

The Newport to Dover-Foxcroft trail is a great trail . . . as long as you know what you're in for (usually lots of dust and it can be a rather boring ride as it is pretty much straight as it is an old RR line.)

I'm not a pro, but I'll share what knowledge I have about the Sunrise Trail and I'm hoping others will chime in. General knowledge: The Sunrise Trail is an ATV trail downeast that is comprised of something along the order of 600 miles of trails ranging from old logging roads, blueberry barrens, old wood tote roads and specific ATV-cut trails. While there are many ways to access this trail system I would wager that one of the more popular jumping off spots for folks trailering to this area would be at the Airline Snack Bar on Rt. 9 located in or near Beddington. The Airline Snack Bar owners have long been friends to the ATV community by providing free parking behind their store and by providing a small diner, gas station and general store at this location -- and there is a public bathroom built by the DOT. In addition, the owners have a no-frills motel here and small campground.

There are also several camping sites located along the Sunrise Trail system, but to be honest I don't know much about them in terms of reserving sites, prices, etc. I do know that a few of the ones that I have seen are quite nice and there are a few primitive sites as well. Other possible lodging sites could be found at the Nicatous Lodge near Burlington, camps at Grand Lake Stream (a very ATV friendly community where ATVs are allowed on all public roads as long as they maintain the proper speed limit) and in some of the larger communities nearby which may or may not be directly on the Sunrise Trail system.

The last I looked there wasn't a huge amount of caches along the Sunrise Trail system. EMSDanel has a micro at Grand Lake Stream and Evil Homer has placed a cache or two along the trail and you may grab one or two at Chick Hill, but again, it's not like Menace's caches along the Newport rail trail.

In general I would say that most rides are day rides. If you ride north you should expect to put on 80-125 miles round-trip . . . if you ride south you will put on a few less miles, but it will take about the same amount of time due to some muddy/rocky terrain near Cherryfield.

For the record, I love riding on the Sunrise Trail . . . and personally recommend it to every ATVer . . . that and making sure you go to the County at least once as it is a very ATV friendly area as well with lots and lots of trails . . . nothing like riding beside the potato and broccoli fields, crossing huge railroad trestles (well former RR trestles) or riding on the sidewalks in Van Buren and seeing a cop wave as you pass by him is one of the most surreal experiences I have ever had as an ATVer.

racatv
09-07-2008, 05:36 PM
Ok, we are going to try the area this coming weekend. My plan is to camp at the Airline Diner campground (I'm calling tomorrow after I check weather one more time). My only concern is that the Sunrise trail looks far away from this point, but if I'm mistaken, which direction should we ride and how far. I'm also up for any other ideas from this spot. I just get a little uncertain about areas we never rode before. Thanks for all your other info also. Looking forward to any more info! Oh..any foliage up ther yet...and any GPS tracks from anyone? :)

hollora
09-07-2008, 05:53 PM
Geesh - there is an event this coming weekend but I am not the ATV expert.

racatv
09-07-2008, 06:02 PM
Is the event near the Airline diner?

hollora
09-07-2008, 07:50 PM
Hard Question for me - the event page is
GC1EQ8Q - Alexander ME. Contact the poster for more info.

racatv
09-07-2008, 08:00 PM
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Ok, we are going to try the area this coming weekend. My plan is to camp at the Airline Diner campground (I'm calling tomorrow after I check weather one more time). My only concern is that the Sunrise trail looks far away from this point, but if I'm mistaken, which direction should we ride and how far. I'm also up for any other ideas from this spot. I just get a little uncertain about areas we never rode before. Thanks for all your other info also. Looking forward to any more info! Oh..any foliage up ther yet...and any GPS tracks from anyone? :)

firefighterjake
09-08-2008, 08:02 AM
Ok, we are going to try the area this coming weekend. My plan is to camp at the Airline Diner campground (I'm calling tomorrow after I check weather one more time). My only concern is that the Sunrise trail looks far away from this point, but if I'm mistaken, which direction should we ride and how far. I'm also up for any other ideas from this spot. I just get a little uncertain about areas we never rode before. Thanks for all your other info also. Looking forward to any more info! Oh..any foliage up ther yet...and any GPS tracks from anyone? :)

I think you'll like the Sunrise Trail and will find it worth the trip. While the trail is pretty well marked I would recommend you bring your GPSr and a Maine DeLorme . . . and if at all possible see if you can't get a trail map since this is a very large trail system.

For your first trip out a good day trip with a nice end point is to ride from the Airline Snack Bar out to Grand Lake Stream -- you can grab lunch and gas up at the general store in town, find EMSDanel's micro cache in town and if you're lucky watch the fish attempting to go up the dam (which you can ride over on your ATV). If you go to GLS you can do some small loops for some alternative scenery (and grab some of Evil Homer's caches on the way). Trails to GLS mostly consist of woods trails and old logging roads . . . at least until you get to the paved roads in GLS where you should keep your speed down to 15-20 mph.

Some other good rides are to go up to the Nicatous Lodge (another good day trip on similar trails as those going to GLS), a short hop over to Chick Hill (great views and there is a cache or two there) or if you're adventurous you can head south to Cherryfield . . . trails there are woods trails and blueberry barrens. You can gas up and eat at Cherryfield . . . in general I found the trail to Cherryfield to be a bit rougher (but still not bad.)

No foliage yet . . . although you might see some leaves changing near the bogs and waterways. Unfortunately/fortunately there is an event in Alexander (which isn't all that far away -- the Tread Lightly 2008 Event) so I'm unable to act as a guide . . . perhaps some other ATVers/geocachers might volunteer . . . or you may be able to hook up with some fellow campers/ATVers.

Enjoy your trip. Stay safe.

racatv
09-09-2008, 09:17 AM
Thanks for your info. We are going this weekend and will do the trail to GSL. Could you tell me what club has these trails so I can check them out online. Sorry to turn this into an ATV forum, but we WILL be caching also! It looks like quite a ride but I'm sure the trails must be nice to do that mileage! Thanks again:)

firefighterjake
09-09-2008, 11:20 AM
Thanks for your info. We are going this weekend and will do the trail to GSL. Could you tell me what club has these trails so I can check them out online. Sorry to turn this into an ATV forum, but we WILL be caching also! It looks like quite a ride but I'm sure the trails must be nice to do that mileage! Thanks again:)

I believe there are two or three (or more) Clubs that have these trails. I'm pretty sure the Airline ATV Riders out of Eddington and Acadia Area ATVers are two of the Clubs that maintain the trail. You might be able to get more info/contact info from ATVMaine.org.

racatv
09-13-2008, 04:47 PM
I want to thank you for yor advice about the riding. We stayed at the Airline Diner, not much of a place but we were comfortable. Rode to Harrington Thurs, LOVED the trails and the blueberry fields..unbelivable! Rode to Grand Lake Steam Friday and again LOVED the trails and GLS was an awesome ATV freindly town like you said. Couldn't find the micro in town, I stink at mirco's..was it at the big birch tree? The store in town is for sale, the couple that own it were very nice. We had a sandwich from the store at the dam, nice spot. 209 miles riding in 2 days..we're pooped! again, thanks for all you advice, we'll def go back, RAC's other half:):):)

steverph
09-14-2008, 10:58 AM
If you are looking for a short ATV/Caching ride check out the Whistle Stop Trail from Farmington to Jay. I went on this ride last Friday with a couple of other ATV'ers who don't cache but wanted to go along for the ride despite my frequent stops. There are currently 4 caches on the Farmington end, one at an old granite quarry about half way to Jay and a couple more on the Jay end. I suspect there will soon be more. The trail is about 16 or 17 miles long with lots of things to see along the way.

We ran into Gob-ler who was walking the Farmington end of the trail early in the morning and had a nice chat. We found 6 of the 7 caches and grabbed some lunch in Jay. There was some rain for our return trip to Farmington but that's why we carry raingear.

Thanks to Katahdin Goddess, Mapachi, Patriotsgame and Raline from Maine for putting the caches out. This was my third ride on this trail and it was the caches that brought me back. :D

firefighterjake
09-15-2008, 09:20 AM
I want to thank you for yor advice about the riding. We stayed at the Airline Diner, not much of a place but we were comfortable. Rode to Harrington Thurs, LOVED the trails and the blueberry fields..unbelivable! Rode to Grand Lake Steam Friday and again LOVED the trails and GLS was an awesome ATV freindly town like you said. Couldn't find the micro in town, I stink at mirco's..was it at the big birch tree? The store in town is for sale, the couple that own it were very nice. We had a sandwich from the store at the dam, nice spot. 209 miles riding in 2 days..we're pooped! again, thanks for all you advice, we'll def go back, RAC's other half:):):)

I was wondering how you guys made out . . . thanks for the update. Glad you enjoyed the ride and area. If you liked the blueberry fields now you would love to see them later in the Fall when they turn color.

For another good trip . . . lots of miles . . . lots of friendly folks . . . but lots of driving to get there . . . head to the County. A good, central place is to get a hotel room in Presque Isle and you can head to many, many places in the area . . . a ride to the Blue Moose for lunch which requires a ride over a very, very high bridge spanning a river, riding up Mars Hill and seeing the wind turbines, heading to the Squapan area, riding around Easton with the smell of french fries in the air . . . lots of railroad beds, potato fields, broccoli fields, etc.

firefighterjake
09-15-2008, 09:21 AM
If you are looking for a short ATV/Caching ride check out the Whistle Stop Trail from Farmington to Jay. I went on this ride last Friday with a couple of other ATV'ers who don't cache but wanted to go along for the ride despite my frequent stops. There are currently 4 caches on the Farmington end, one at an old granite quarry about half way to Jay and a couple more on the Jay end. I suspect there will soon be more. The trail is about 16 or 17 miles long with lots of things to see along the way.

We ran into Gob-ler who was walking the Farmington end of the trail early in the morning and had a nice chat. We found 6 of the 7 caches and grabbed some lunch in Jay. There was some rain for our return trip to Farmington but that's why we carry raingear.

Thanks to Katahdin Goddess, Mapachi, Patriotsgame and Raline from Maine for putting the caches out. This was my third ride on this trail and it was the caches that brought me back. :D

Good to hear from you Steverph . . . and thanks for the post. Sounds intriguing.

firefighterjake
09-15-2008, 09:25 AM
I guess this thread is as good a place as any to mention an upcoming event.

Troy ATV Club is holding their 4th Annual ATV Poker Run with a top prize being $100 cash (and well over 30 other prizes . . . including a $150 free service for Polaris ATVs from Chase Toys).

September 20th (this Saturday), Raindate is September 21st (if raining the ride will be canceled by 7:30 a.m.)

This ride starts with registration from 9-9:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 9:30 a.m. from the Carter Road in Troy (off Rt. 202).

$5 for the meal (meatball sub, salads, soda, chips, dessert) plus $1 per poker hand (max 3 hands, must be 16 or older to play).

firefighterjake
09-15-2008, 09:26 AM
Anyone have an ATV that Hiram could borrow for Saturday? I promise that I will not let him ride it like he drove his Jeep. ;):D