Never did I think I would ever say I got lost in the woods off Pool Street in Biddeford! But that's just what happened on Sunday and I'm a happier person for it.
Clifford Park has about 5 miles total of marked trails (I read that somewhere) for walking, running, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and cycling. I had seen and heard of it but it took over year for us to finally check it out. Some of the talk about town wasn't all good and I was happy to see an empty parking lot and be accompanied by three dogs when we arrived.
After a dicey few steps between the lot and trailhead, we were welcomed by a beautiful, dry, broad trail through open woods and I was instantly in love. We started with the main loop, identified by black blazes and totaled 1.3 miles. The trail was generally very spacious. Only a few spots had standing water or ice (and the accompanying mud). What I instantly loved about these woods were the rocks. How were there so many random boulder deposits?! A couple were graffiti-ed and I could understand why there have been issues there in the past (more of our interesting finds later) but I felt very safe and peaceful.
|Some standing water. In the shade, pools like this were still frozen as of 2/28|
|I was truly mystified by these natural edifices!|
|Looking super handsome!|
|Heading up the hill|
|The misuse of the land is frustratingly obvious.|
|Leading the way|
|ledges where we departed from the trail and old fire pit.|
The water ran behind me.
|Tybee the cheater....|
|Never imagined we'd see something so wild and beautiful|
|Red trail following the water|
|Clear beginning of the orange trail|
|The most "elevation gain" of the day|
|Came upon this peculiar, dismantled structure while lost. |
Notice Ty's ears on high alert!
|My handsome man making me think of primitive man's first dog! |
(A better thing to focus on than the fact that there is illicit camping going on!)
|Absolutely in love with Tango's swagger. |
Believe it or not, I spared you most of the photos!
|To the left is the aforementioned hill with the steep drop on the other side|
|Top of the hill. More fires but no glass.|
|No reason to share other than her cuteness!|
|Nature walk win with a sleepy foster pup!|
We went back to Clifford Park yesterday and I followed the dogs aimlessly. They loved the small waterfall and Ty was intent on getting up the embankment on the other side but there are houses at the top. There were about eight cars in the lot but we never directly crossed paths with anyone for the full hour and a half we were there.
Our wanderings put us on the green trail for awhile (the one I could not figure out last week) and it is actually quite long and more rugged than the others. I will try to get there by following the blazed trails next time to provide directions. There were some really cool sights like a tiny cave that Ty found. We also passed another illegally created (and largest observed thus far) lean-to.
We revisited the top of the quarry site (I believe) near the northern junction of the yellow and blue trails and spent some time practicing the dogs' bouldering skills. I never expected that to be possible to close to home!
Finally, here's a link to the official leash rules for the park. I'd rather provide it directly from the town than repeat second-hand information.