Mount Apatite Blue Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Auburn, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Mount Apatite Park is a three hundred twenty-five acre wooded park located in the western portion of Auburn. The park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities not often found in municipal park settings. An extensive network of forested trails that link abandoned quarries, gleaming slag piles, steep ledges, and giant boulders. In the winters, the trail is groomed for cross country skiing and snow shoeing. In the spring, summer, and fall, the trails are open to mountain bikers, runners, hikers, and other non-motorized trail users. Other Information Rock hunters have known about this area for over one hundred fifty years when the first discoveries of gem-quality tourmaline were found there. Since then, the area has experienced a great deal of mineral exploration, both commercial and amateur. Today amateurs may still search the mine tailings for Apatite, Tourmaline, and Quartz specimens (specific rules apply). With assistance from a Land and Water Conservation Fund matching grant, five kilometers (3.1 miles) of multi-purpose trails were constructed in the summer of 1994 within the park to serve all outdoor enthusiasts.
Fun walk thru the woods - not too rigorous.
Bring good shoes can be slippery with the leaves, mud and hill. Found some cool smokey quartz chunks at the dump spot.. never made it to the actual quarry. Beautiful trail... The military trucks are cool to walk by on the way to the trail
Hike was great! Beautiful area close to home. Trails could be better marked off ... if I did not have use of my all trails app, my family and I would have been lost roaming in circles. Easy fix for that tho, now that I have been there. :)
great trail nice hiking good and semi long. great for training for bigger climbs.
Trails are marked sporadicaly, two ponds and an old quarry at one end to cool tired feet. Lots of frogs to chase for kids.
great Geocaching trails and nice hikes.
Great trails! Great area for dogs. We see people mining the quarries. Earth cache was great educational experience. Nice Maine hike for out of state visitors.
Best place to start the loop is at the end of Small Road. The Blue Trail is a 3.5 mile loop trail that takes you over the summit although there are no views from the top. Easy trail great for dogs. It's free and a lot of people dig for special stones and gems . Great for photography. Lots of geocaches here.