Upcoming events

    • January 05, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Camden Hills State Park, Camden, ME
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    Want to give ice climbing a try? Here's your chance. The LAC will embark on a half-day adventure (almost a full day with driving) to Camden to ice climb with Equinox Guiding Service. The price will depend on how many members sign up, but the price will probably range from $60-80. Sign up now and pay when we have a better sense of numbers.


    • January 08, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Patagonia, 100 Main St., Freeport, ME
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    Here's a chance to learn from the experts at Patagonia about their gear and their clothing. We'll chat about how to prepare, dress well and safely for winter outdoor adventures. Store discounts available to all LAC members who attend. Drinks and snacks provided.



    • January 11, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Presumpscot River Preserve, Portland
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    We don't always have to travel far for an adventure, so I'm offering Friday half-days near Portland each month that will get us out and keep us connected the the natural spaces that are tucked in and around the city. 

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    Snowshoeing Blackstrap Hill Preserve

    Making the most of winter's sunlight and snow, we will explore the trails of Falmouth Land Trust's Blackstrap Hill Preserve. 

    280 acres: Protected in part with a Land for Maine’s Future Grant,  2000 feet of frontage on the West Branch of the Piscataqua River, an extensive trail network, and scenic waterfalls on feeder streams.  

    Meet at 10:00am at the parking lot off Blackstrap Rd 1/4 mile north of Mountain Road.

    Snowshoes if fresh snow, otherwise microspikes. Poles recommended. This is a dog friendly hike if you have a friendly dog. 



    And looking ahead:

    February 8: XC skiing or snowshoeing at Gull Crest Trails, Cape Eliz.

    March 8: Snowshoeing Fore River Sanctuary, Portland

    April 12: Falmouth Nature Preserve

    May 10: Peaks Island ferry, walk (or we could consider renting bikes) & picnic!

    I'd love to have members who are familiar with these trails serve as trail guides - please be in touch with Alicia to offer your knowledge. Thanks!

    • January 26, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • York, ME
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    Did you learn about snowshoeing at the LAC Patagonia evening? Or maybe you want to prepare for the Four Ponds adventure on 2/2? Regardless, let's get out on the trail and use our snowshoes!

    We will hike 2-3 miles of the extensive trail network in an undeveloped region of Southern Maine. If the weather is appropriate, we will certainly summit to enjoy the view. 

    This is an intro adventure and so if you have never been on snow shoes, this trip is for you. Or maybe, like me, you've lived in Maine for years and have never been to Mt Agamenticus - the time is now! We always stick together on LAC adventures.

    Equipment: snowshoes, sturdy warm boots, poles, layers of non cotton warm clothing. Backpack with water and snacks. We will follow the hike with lunch at a local restaurant for those who are interested. Trail Map.

    Directions to Mount Agamenticus from the North:

    Travel from Oqunquit center south approximately 3.8 miles on US Route 1. Turn right onto Mountain Road. (Flo's Hot Dogs will be on your left.) Travel 1.5 miles to stop sign. Turn right to stay on Mountain Road and travel 2.7 miles to a gravel parking lot and the Mount Agamenticus access road on the right. 


    • January 27, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 25 Gulick Rd Raymond, ME 04071
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    Grab your snow pants, headlamp and motivation to go for a winter evening walk along the shores of Sebago Lake at Wohelo Camps. This is a quick-hit adventure that will include soup and salad, followed by a fun evening with star gazing, conversation, and a little bit of Maine summer camp history. Also, feel free to bring a friend along who is not an LAC member. The more the merrier. And, bring a dessert to share if you're in the mood for baking.



    • February 02, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Height of Land, Route 17, Roxbury, ME
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    Pull out your snowshoes for a February hike with the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust to Four Ponds. We'll meet at Height of Land (along Route 17) at 10:00 a.m, head up and over Spruce Mountain (2,530 feet) and then down to each of the Four Ponds. The conditions on the ground (possible deep snow and unbroken trail) will determine how far we can hike that day. If we were to complete the full hike, we would reach a series of remote, high-elevation ponds ending with lunch at the Sabbathday Pond Shelter. Total mileage of this moderate level hike is just over 7 miles.


    • February 08, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Cape Elizabeth
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    We don't always have to travel far for an adventure, so I'm offering Friday half-days near Portland each month that will get us out and keep us connected the the natural spaces that are tucked in and around the city. 

    XC skiing at Gull Crest Trails, Cape Eliz.

    The Gull Crest trails, maintained by Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, have been extensively built out to include a 4-5 mile dedicated Nordic ski trail on the northern portion of the property. 

    Parking & meeting location will be emailed to registered LACers a few days prior to the adventure. 



    And looking ahead:

    March 8: Snowshoeing Fore River Sanctuary, Portland

    April 12: Falmouth Nature Preserve

    May 10: Peaks Island ferry, walk (or we could consider renting bikes) & picnic!

    I'd love to have members who are familiar with these trails serve as trail guides - please be in touch with Alicia to offer your knowledge. Thanks!

    • February 08, 2019
    • 11:30 AM
    • Carrabassett Valley, Maine
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    Are you heading out on the Stratton Brook overnight and want a Friday add-on adventure or will you be Alpine or Nordic skiing up at Sugarloaf the weekend of February 9th? If yes and you want to try fat tire snow biking, the LAC has got you covered. Deke Andrew (our recent mountain biking instructor) will run a clinic for LACers on Friday, February 8th. Rental bikes are available at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center and your fee covers the bike rental cost. The lesson is two hours, but you can hang onto your bike for longer than the two-hour lesson. 6 spots available.

    • February 09, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • Carrabassett Valley
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    Maybe you had to cancel from the LAC Fall Jamboree at Grand Falls, or you missed the West Branch Pond camp sign up? Well here is another chance to overnight in the Maine Woods in comfort: Wood Stove; radiant heat; hot showers; fabulous food and of course, great LAC company! 

    To make it even more fun, this is a "bring-a-friend" adventure (Ladies only please, though teenagers are most welcome; no LAC membership required). 

    Stratton Brook, part of the four hut network run by Maine Huts & Trails, is perched at the top of the legendary Oak Knoll Trail with spectacular views of the Bigelow Range and Sugarloaf ski slopes.

    We will depart from the trailhead on Rt 27 for a short (but steep in parts) ascent to the hut. Snowshoes and poles required for the groomed 3 mile trail (Note: no skis please). 

    Carpooling always encouraged, and I recommend a stop in Kingfield at Rolling Fatties burritos or Orange Cat Cafe for a nice lunch before hitting the trail. 

    Cost: $155 . Includes guided trip to/from the hut, dinner and breakfast. Wine and beer available for purchase, and a tip for the hut staff is encouraged, because I know they will earn it!

    Payment is required in full to secure your spot, and please review the LAC cancellation policy

    Equipment you will need: Snowshoes and poles. Backpack that will hold a sleeping bag, change of clothes, pjs, headlamp, slippers, packable towel & minimal toiletries. This is an unplugged trip, cell service is very limited and device charging is not permitted at the huts so that you can recharge! 




    • March 01, 2019
    • March 03, 2019
    • 1 Frenchtown Rd, Frenchtown Twp, ME 04441
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    West Branch Pond Camps is located north of Greenville in a remote and beautiful location. The cabins, each which sleeps three to six people, are quite rustic and heated with wood stoves. There is a central bathhouse with warm water, flush toilets and showers and in addition, there are outhouses near each cabin. While there, you can cross country ski, snowshoe or hike. Eric (the owner) cooks breakfast and dinners for us and puts out food supplies for a pack lunch. 

    We'll arrive sometime on Friday afternoon, take a walk, etc... and then gather for cocktails and dinner. On Saturday, we'll explore the trails or hike (in smaller groups). And then we'll gather again on Saturday evening to eat. On Sunday, some folks will depart right after breakfast and others will ski or snowshoe and then leave after lunch. It's your weekend -- create whatever experience best suits you.




    • March 08, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Portland
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    We don't always have to travel far for an adventure, so I'm offering Friday half-days near Portland each month that will get us out and keep us connected the the natural spaces that are tucked in and around the city. 

    March 8: Snowshoeing Fore River Sanctuary, Portland

    This 85-acre preserve is the home of Jewell Falls, Portland‘s only natural waterfall, as well as the site of the former Cumberland and Oxford Canal. The lowland area, where salt and freshwater marsh meet, provides great bird-watching opportunities in spring. This network trails encompasses some of the most diverse habitats in Greater Portland. The land is owned by a mix of private owners, Portland Trails, and the city, and is great example of the unique collaboration that takes place in order to preserve green spaces.




    And looking ahead:

    April 12: Falmouth Nature Preserve

    May 10: Peaks Island ferry, walk (or we could consider renting bikes) & picnic!

    I'd love to have members who are familiar with these trails serve as trail guides - please be in touch with Alicia to offer your knowledge. Thanks!

    • March 13, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • 65 Warren Ave, Portland, ME 04103
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    Are you curious about rock climbing? Do you envy Spider Man's ability to scale city buildings? You probably won't get that good in one night, but to learn more about climbing and for a chance to get on the wall, join in this adventure at Evo Rock & Fitness. Beginners welcome and all climbing equipment provided by Evo.


    • April 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Falmouth
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    We don't always have to travel far for an adventure, so I'm offering Friday half-days near Portland each month that will get us out and keep us connected the the natural spaces that are tucked in and around the city. 

    April 12: Falmouth Nature Preserve

    Several narrow trails wind through a young, mixed forest of hemlock, beech, maple, and yellow and white birch. The two main trails lead to the unspoiled Mill Creek tidal estuary and salt marsh.  There are connecting trails totaling 2 to 3 miles. Although some of the trails are flat, many have a varied elevation through the forested areas abutting the salt marsh. 

    As spring emerges, we will watch for Canada Mayflower, Arbutus, Lady Slipper, Clintonia and other wildflowers. In the spring, the warblers are abundant. Deer, fox, raccoons and other small mammals make their homes here.  The Western Trail is boggy with typical wetland plants. Many of the trails have beautiful views of Mill Creek and the surrounding marsh. This property requires dogs to be on leash at all times due to restrictions by the Nature Conservancy.



    And looking ahead:

    May 10: Peaks Island ferry, walk (or we could consider renting bikes) & picnic!

    I'd love to have members who are familiar with these trails serve as trail guides - please be in touch with Alicia to offer your knowledge. Thanks!

    • May 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Peaks Island
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    We don't always have to travel far for an adventure, so I'm offering Friday half-days near Portland each month that will get us out and keep us connected the the natural spaces that are tucked in and around the city. 

    Peaks Island walk (or we can consider renting bikes) & picnic!

    A scenic 20-minute ferry ride to the island from Portland is half the fun. The perimeter road is paved and mostly flat, approximately half waterfront, half residential. Distance approximately 5 miles. Many benches along the waterfront offer scenic views of the Bay. We will find a nice spot for our BYO picnic, or pick up supplies at the island market. 

    10:15 ferry to Peaks, meet at the boarding ramp to the boat 

    2:45 Return ferry to Portland 


    I'd love to have members who are familiar with these trails serve as trail guides - please be in touch with Alicia to offer your knowledge. Thanks!