Brooks Esker to Halfmoon Pond

Belfast, Maine

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A hike that begins at the end of a 0.6-mile-long esker and goes around a small lake, up a hill to a remote mountain pond, and back. The drive in to the trailhead takes you the entire length of an esker, a narrow ridge of sand and gravel formed during the last glacial period. After completing the main hike, you can explore the esker, noting its steepness and sandy deposits. Halfmoon Pond is specially managed for brook trout. Carry a fishing rod if you come here in May or June, being sure to check current fishing regulations. General location: Northwest of Belfast in Waldo County.
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Hiking Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

A hike that begins at the end of a 0.6-mile-long esker and goes around a small lake, up a hill to a remote mountain pond, and back. The drive in to the trailhead takes you the entire length of an esker, a narrow ridge of sand and gravel formed during the last glacial period.

After completing the main hike, you can explore the esker, noting its steepness and sandy deposits. Halfmoon Pond is specially managed for brook trout. Carry a fishing rod if you come here in May or June, being sure to check current fishing regulations. General location: Northwest of Belfast in Waldo County.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Belfast
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: May through October.
Local Contacts: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, (207) 657-4977
Local Maps: DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Brooks Esker to Halfmoon Pond

Recent Trail Reviews

5/9/2006
0

the dirt road to the trailhead, the one with the shack on the right, is rough but doable with a sturdy normal car. 4 wheel drive not necessary but be careful. The trail to head of the first pond is easy. Past that, it is not completely clear which trail to take to get to the second pond, partly because there are so many timber trails and cut trees, but with a compass it is easy to make one's way to the pond. I think that this area would be good for x-c skiing or snowshoeing in winter.



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