BRIDGTON — Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a sunset-moonrise hike at Loon Echo Land Trust’s Bald Pate Mountain Preserve in South Bridgton on Friday, Feb. 14. This early evening snowshoe hike will be a great way to get out and embrace winter’s beauty while kicking off the Bridgton Winter Carnival weekend.

From the summit of Bald Pate Mountain, trekkers will watch the sun set in the western foothills and see the full snow moon rise in the east just moments later. Wear appropriate warm clothing and boots and bring a warm beverage, snacks and flashlight or headlamp. Snowshoes or traction devices are recommended. Meet at 4 p.m. at the Bald Pate Mountain parking lot on Route 107.

The moderate hike includes a 300-foot elevation gain to the 1,100-foot summit. The sunset is at 5:10 p.m., and the moonrise is at 5:15 p.m. This event will last approximately two hours and will be canceled if overcast.

Loon Echo Land Trust protects land in seven towns in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine. Its mission is to conserve the region’s natural resources and character for current and future generations. Loon Echo protects more than 5,900 acres of forest and wetlands and manages 25 miles of trails that are open to the public for walking, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and in designated areas, motorized use.

RSVP to Jon Evans at [email protected] or 647-4352. For more information about other Loon Echo events, contact Carol Meader, public relations and events manager, at [email protected], and don’t forget to “like” Loon Echo Land Trust on Facebook.

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