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Day 5 – Rangeley to Hartford – September 14
Today’s route is the longest of the week, taking riders south along the Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway to picturesque Small Falls, once again crossing the Appalachian Trail, followed by a multi-mile gentle descent out of the High Peaks. From Phillips, the route heads towards Weld, where it circles the west side of Webb Pond and passes by Mount Blue State Park. The route flattens out through Carthage and Dixfield and along the Androscoggin River, then climbs around Worthley Pond into Hartford, to Camp Wekeela, an impressive summer camp on Little Bear Pond.
- Mileage: 65 miles
- Elevation Gain: 3394 feet
Camp Wekeela, Hartford:
Camp night is back! Located in the small rural town of Hartford is Camp Wekeela, a private summer camp on Little Bear Pond, where BikeMaine will spend the night. First started as a girls camp in 1922, Camp Wekeela has become one of the finest coed traditional summer camps for children and teens in the country.
Camp Wekeela spreads across sixty acres, with an impressive array of recreational facilities, including tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball courts, hockey rink, lacrosse fields, beach volleyball court, climbing tower, natural rock climbing wall, zip-line, high and low ropes course, gymnastics pavilion, dance center, weight room, and a large waterfront for swimming, water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing, and scuba diving. The camp has 23 rustic cabins, all with indoor bathrooms and showers, and a new dining room for 400 people that will be opening this season. Generations of campers have come from all over the world to participate in the Wekeela traditions, and now it is BikeMaine’s turn.
Riders wanting to sleep in a Wekeela bunkhouse can register to do so on the BikeMaine registration page.