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Biking Around Bangor: Brewer Lake Loop

10/17/2014
Brewer Lake has a wonderful wall of trees as you look southeast. It's about an 8 mile ride from Bangor.

Brewer Lake is dotted with islands and has a wonderful wall of trees as you look southeast. It’s about an eight mile ride from Bangor.

Biking season is winding down, so I thought I’d take readers on a spin out to beautiful Brewer Lake before the Maine weather turns ugly.

Over the last year, I’ve charted six great bike routes through the scenic outskirts of the Bangor metro area. All of these 90-minute rides feature beautiful destinations, challenging hills, relatively safe travel and a special something that can only be described as a “unique Maine charm.”

Strap on your helmet, Mark in Maine readers, and enjoy the beautiful pictures on this two-wheel tour.

BREWER LAKE LOOP

Brewer is Bangor’s little brother which means it has smaller hills, less traffic and can be a little more free-spirited at times.

And like Bangor, it has a wonderfully secluded and surprisingly large lake that lies on its outskirts.

Biking from Bangor to Brewer  is easy. It’s all downhill. Just dodge the pot holes, make a couple of traffic lights and don’t get sideswiped as you cross the Penobscot River on the Joshua Chamberlain bridge.

Crank it up as you race through town, passed an old paper mill site, under I-395 and out into suburban Orrington on the shoulder of Highway 15. Sometimes you get the sweet but scary smell of passing log trucks. Other times its sour garbage trucks as they head to the dump down river.

Three miles later, a turn at the Snow’s Corner gas station sends bikers into lighter traffic and the rural countryside. When you see horses in the field turn left. Climb a hill and snake your way down the other side as you zip past a church, over a bridge and by Bob’s Kozy Korner general store.

Then it’s a long run through a flat and empty marshland called Field’s Pond to the shores of Brewer Lake.

Check out the wall of trees on the other side of the lake.  It looks like a big green pillow. A house is planted on the shores of one large island another looks only occupied by pine trees.  Three large rocks sit in shallow water guarding the public landing. It’s a beautiful place to stop.

Take a drink pull from your water bottle, turn around and head back using the Brewer Lake Road shortcut to Highway 15 and downtown Brewer.

See the Brewer Lake Loop Map: here

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