Brisk Day at Mount Blue State Park

December 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Snow Clouds Over TumbledownSnow Clouds Over Tumbledown This panorama titled "Snow Clouds Over Tumbledown" was taken on 11/29/2015 from the base of Center Mountain in Mount Blue State Park in Western Maine. The temperature was hovering around 30˚ F, and there was a brisk wind coming from the west. The day began bright and sunny. However, during the afternoon clouds moved in bringing snow as they hit the mountains. Webb Lake is in the foreground on the left and Tumbledown (3,054'), Little Jackson (3,470'), and Jackson (3,568') Mountains are left to right. 


Mt. Blue State Park is Maine's largest state park, encompassing approximately 8,000 acres in two sections separated by Webb Lake. A campground in the Webb Beach section has 136 wooded sites a short walk from a sandy beach and picnic area. Visitors can swim, launch and rent boats, and walk on trails near the lake. During summer months, park staff routinely offer canoe trips, walks, and nature programs. A Nature Center features hands-on exhibits and displays.


Across the lake from the Webb Beach section is the centerpiece of the Park, 3,187-foot Mt. Blue, a popular day-hike. Visitors also enjoy walks and picnics on Center Hill (see Trails section). Mountain bikers, equestrians, and ATV riders can experience 25 miles of challenging, multi-use trails. In winter, the park's extensive trail system supports snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Families come to sled at Center Hill and skate on an outdoor ice rink at park headquarters.


Adjoining Mt. Blue State Park is more than 10,000 acres of State-owned Public Lands and State-held easements encompassing the Tumbledown Mountain Range. Tumbledown Mountain, with an alpine pond near the summit, is the most popular hike, but surrounding lands offer many other attractions. (


This panorama was made by stitching 9 separate images together. Focal Length was 55mm (35 mm equiv: 87 mm), f/6.3, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/100 second.


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