BRIDGTON — Loon Echo Land Trust purchased 180 acres of land in Bridgton and Denmark, encompassing the North Peak of Pleasant Mountain, the northernmost major peak on the mountain’s ridgeline, on July 30.
The land includes nearly a mile of Sue’s Way Trail and North Ridge Trail, a rare red pine woodland and incredible views of the White Mountains.
Loon Echo purchased the land from Shawnee Peak and made the initial down payment with grants from the Kendal C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation and Burch-Safford Foundation.
Chet Homer and family provided Loon Echo with a financing agreement so the trust can pay for the remainder of the cost of the property over the next several years. In the meantime, the land will be incorporated into the larger 2,000-acre Pleasant Mountain Preserve owned and managed by Loon Echo Land Trust.
The community can celebrate the protection of the North Peak of Pleasant Mountain by participating in the Loon Echo Trek Saturday, Sept. 19, hosted by Shawnee Peak Ski Area. The trek offers some of the best hiking and biking opportunities in the state, with a 4.5 or 6-mile “taste trek” hike up Pleasant Mountain, or 25, 50, 75 and 100-mile bicycling routes through quiet roads in the Fryeburg Harbor and Evans Notch area.
Those interested can register at www.loonechotrek.org. There will be an after-party with a barbecue, beer by Allagash Brewing Company, massages by Freedom Day Spa, and live music by the Crooked River Rough Cut.
To make a tax deductible gift to the North Peak of Pleasant Mountain protection project, contact Carrie Walia, executive director of Loon Echo Land Trust, at 207-647-4352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.