New trail entrance for Long Point Beach Trail
Many folks walking the Hockamock Head trails have been disappointed to find a section of the Long Point Beach trail (the oceanside trail) temporarily closed. The Town closed the trail on the advice of trail experts because a section of the trail had become unstable due to erosion over the winter months. Check out the photo – which shows a significant void, too close for comfort to the cliffside portion of the trail.
But help is on the way! Working with the Town, the Town Lighthouse Committee applied to the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), which has expert trail building teams. (MCC teams were hugely helpful in building the original trails around Hockamock Head.) We have just heard that our application for a trail building team has been accepted, and the MCC team will be on the island in October. So hopefully, before the fall weather closes in, we will be able to reopen the trail. The fix for the damaged section of the trail is not easy (or cheap). The MCC team will construct a new trail entrance, up hill from the old entrance, and will build steps to connect the new entrance with the old trail, well below the damaged section. The cost of this work will be close to $8,000. In order to get the work done as quickly as possible, Friends of the Swan’s Island Lighthouse (FOSIL) has agreed to meet the cost. FOSIL is a non-profit corporation that raises funds to assist the Town in restoring and maintaining the light station and the trails. Thanks to everyone who has expressed their concern about this situation. If you would like to help out with the cost of this emergency repair, you can contribute to FOSIL on line (see Donate link on this page) or send a check to the FOSIL Treasurer, Bob Pickup, at Box 213, Swans Island, ME 04685.