Member Trip report
Snowshoe hike at the Nordic Heritage Ctr
Trip Report/Photos from BillyB1976
Local snowshoe hike at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle.
The Nordic Heritage Center has outdoor activities year round. In winter there is cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat bike riding. In warmer months there is mountain bike riding and hiking, and even a paved path for rollerblading and roller skiing.
The Nordic Heritage Center is also qualified to host IBU World Cup Biathlon events. To my knowledge there are only 4 venues in North America that are qualified to host IBU World Cup Biathlon events. Lake Placid, NY. Canmore, Alberta. Soldier Hollow, Utah. And the Nordic Heritage Center.
I have very little interest in World Cup Biathlon, but I do love the tight spandex type uniforms the guys wear. :) LOL
Although there are no spectacular views, I do like to go here to get outside, as it is very close to home, only 7 miles away.
Today was a nice spring day. The temp. was in the mid 50's when I started, and close to 60 when I got done. My jacket came off 5 min. in to my hike. I did a combination of on trail and off trail; basically just wandering around. Conditions were good. Most of the time my snowshoes kept me on top of the snow, but I did sink down from time to time. For the most part I had to break trail as no one had been on the trails recently, but was not hard.
There is probably 1 1/2 to 2 feet of snow still left in the woods.
There were not many people around. Towards the end where the snowshoe trail comes close to a cross-country ski trail, I could see a guy, and we stopped and talked for a minute. I did see 3 other people cross-country skiing.
My hike also took me past the top of the Quoggy Jo Ski Center, which was closed. There is a view of Katahdin from the ski slopes, but it pretty much just blended in with the clouds, so I didn't bother taking a picture.
I can only make a rough guess on elevation gain and mileage. 400 ft in elevation gain, and 4-5 miles. My time was 2 hours 15 min.
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