Mount Apatite Blue Loop Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
337 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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3 months ago

Great trail, light to moderate

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3 months ago

Good woods trail- no real view. Nice length and pretty secluded- we only saw a few other people. I'd recommend hiking boots or high top sneakers. It might just be me being careless, but I rolled my ankles a couple of times on the exposed roots and rocks, and wish I'd done it in my boots instead.

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4 months ago

It's a pretty basic trail with little "scenic" value. The trailhead was easy to find and trail was well maintained. It provided a nice workout, but there were a lot of branch off trails that would make it easy to get turned around or sent off trail. Even with exceptional bug spray the bugs were relentless!

4 months ago

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5 months ago

It's a nice little hike. Nearby to home. Nice, clean, quiet spot.

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10 months ago

trail needs to be marked better, easy to get yourself turned around snowshoeing if you are not on the snowmobile trail.

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10 months ago

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fun walk thru the woods - not too rigorous.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

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