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Day 3 – Kingfield to Rangeley – September 12
Day 4 – Layover Day in Rangeley – September 13
Today’s route circles Maine’s High Peaks, paralleling the Carrabassett River through Carrabassett Valley, home to Maine’s third tallest peak, Sugarloaf Mountain, then climbs to the top of Bigelow pass, crossing the Appalachian Trail between Crocker Mountain and the Bigelow Range. North of Stratton, the route provides beautiful views of both the North and South branches of the Dead River as they flow into Flagstaff Lake. The route reverses in Eustis, but not until riders have a chance to cycle by the stately old growth Red Pine forest at Cathedral Pines. Heading south, the route turns west, along “Moose Alley” through Langtown Mill, into Rangeley, ending along the shores of Rangeley Lake.
- Mileage: 54 miles
- Elevation Gain: 2265 feet
Rangeley is at the center of the Rangeley Lakes Region, a resort area that includes the villages of Oquossoc, Haines Landing and South Rangeley. The area initially was inhabited by 5 different Native American tribes, who had the land exclusively to themselves until 1810. The area was first settled by a white person in the spring of 1817, when Luther Hoar of Phillips and his wife and 8 children snowshoed 26 miles, towing all their possessions on sleds, to homestead on a plot of land near what is now called Rangeley Lake. The following year, two other families settled nearby.
The town was named after James Rangeley, Jr., who inherited the land from his father and moved to the region in 1825. The town was a small but thriving farm community with a developing trade in lumber, when townsmen began catching brook trout weighing more than 8 pounds at the confluence of the Rangeley and Kennebago Rivers. News quickly spread, and sport fishermen from Rhode Island and New York City began traveling to Rangeley to try their luck. Soon anglers and their families were coming from throughout the United States and beyond to fish, hunt and recreate in the region. Numerous grand hotels and sporting camps, two railroads, and private “cottages” were built. Steamships plied the waters of the lakes and Rangeley became an “Outdoor Mecca” for the multitudes looking to escape America’s summertime urban areas.
Rangeley continues to be a very popular four-season destination for outdoor-minded tourists seeking clean air, abundant wildlife, and beautiful lakes and mountains, and is the perfect town to host our layover. We’ll be camping in the town park, located on the shore of Rangeley Lake, right off of Main Street. With the many options for touring the area by boat, kayak or airplane, fishing, hiking, shopping, golfing, and visiting museums and restaurants, there will be little time to rest!