Down East Sunrise Trail Relay
COURSE INFO

Maine's first & Only all night relay!
2018 • Fifth Edition

The 102+ Mile Down East Sunrise Trail Relay starts at Washington Junction in Ellsworth, Maine, the western terminus of the 85-mile Down East Sunrise Trail (DEST). The Relay ends at Eastport, Maine, the Eastern Most City in the USA.

The scenic relay route traverses a variety of landscapes providing spectacular views of coastal mountains, forests, open wetlands, and blueberry barrens. Along the way, twenty-eight bridges span tree-lined streams and salmon rivers. Sections of the trail are described below going from west to east.

The DEST ends at Ayer's Junction in Pembroke. Runners will then follow MATS-206, also a rails-to-trails surface, which leads to paved US Route 1 and then Route 190, heading to Eastport with phenomenal views of Cobscook Bay to the east, and the Bay of Fundy to the west.

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LEG 19.o-miles

Washington Junction to Franklin Crossing

  • Start: Washington Junction - Mile Post 2 (MP2)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.556751, -68.377764
  • Location: Railroad Siding Street, Ellsworth
  • Trail Section Length: 9.0-miles (Mile Posts 2-11)
  • Leg Description: The western terminus of the Down East Sunrise Trail is located at Washington Junction in Hancock. For the first few miles, the trail provides excellent opportunities for wildlife watching as it crosses Egypt Stream and a couple small dirt roads. In Franklin, the trail crosses several roads, including ME Route 182 which becomes the Blackwoods Scenic Byway just east of Franklin.

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LEG 27.4-miles

Franklin Crossing to Tunk Lake Road/ME 183

  • Start: Franklin Crossing - Mile Post 11 (MP11)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.587801, -68.227863
  • Location: Intersection of DEST and ME 182 in the center of Franklin
  • Trail Section Length: 7.4-Miles (Mile Posts 11-18)
  • Leg Description: This section of trail is bordered by the Donnell Pond Public Lands Unit for over two and a half miles and by the Frenchman Bay Conservancy's Schoodic Bog Preserve for over a mile. These conservation lands offer extraordinary scenery and recreation opportunities. A dramatic view of Schoodic Mountain sneaks up on trail users entering Schoodic Bog from the west. Swimming, picnicking, and camping can be enjoyed with a side trip to Donnell Pond's Schoodic Beach.

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LEG 3: 7.6-MILES

Tunk Lake Road/ME 183 to Unionville Crossing

  • Start: Tunk Lake Road/ME 183 - Mile Post 18 (MP18)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.549113, -68.112082
  • Location: Four miles north of US 1 on ME 183 where DEST intersects
  • Trail Section Length: 7.6-Miles (Mile Posts 18-26) 
  • Leg Description: The trail continues through remote forestland and crosses just a few logging roads before reaching Unionville.

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LEG 4: 4.5-MILES

Unionville Crossing to Cherryfield Crossing

  • Start: Unionville Crossing - Mile Post 26 (MP26)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.578503, -67.990254
  • Location: Unionville Rd.
  • Trail Section Length: 4.5-Miles (Mile Posts 26-30)
  • Leg Description: The trail parallels and eventually crosses Tunk Stream as it leaves Unionville. The trail intersects ME Route 182 at the eastern end of the Blackwoods Scenic Bay. It then traverses the Narraguagus River at Cable Pool in Cherryfield via an early 20th century steel trestle bridge. Cable Pool, now a Town Park, is a historically significant salmon pool.

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LEG 5: 6.2-MILES

Cherryfield Crossing to Harrington Crossing

  • Start: Cherryfield Crossing - Mile Post 30 (MP30)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.607481, -67.925294
  • Location: Trail crosses ME 193 in Cherryfield.
  • Trail Section Length: 6.2-Miles (Mile Posts 30-37)
  • Leg Description: The trail skirts downtown Cherryfield's Historic District and then parallels US Route 1 for almost three miles before crossing several roads and the Harrington River.

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LEG 6: 6.1-MILES

Harrington Crossing to Columbia Falls Crossing

  • Start: Harrington Crossing - Mile Post 37 (MP37)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.624753, -67.809701
  • Location: Trail crosses North St. just north of Harrington.
  • Trail Section Length: 6.1-Miles (Mile Posts 37-43)
  • Leg Description: After crossing North Street in Harrington, the trail heads north into more remote forestland before dropping south again into Columbia Falls. In this section, the trail crosses the Pleasant River.

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LEG 7: 3.8-MILES

Columbia Falls Crossing to Jonesboro Station

  • Start: Columbia Falls Crossing - Mile Post 43 (MP43)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.657246, -67.727695
  • Location: Columbia Falls at Tibbetstown & Centerville Rds.
  • Trail Section Length: 3.8-Miles (Mile Posts 43-47) 
  • Leg Description: The trail becomes semi-remote again in the four mile stretch from Columbia Falls to Jonesboro Station.

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LEG 8: 7.7-MILES

Jonesboro Station to Whitneyville Crossing

  • Start: Jonesboro Station - Mile Post 47 (MP47)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.670039, -67.646248
  • Location: Trail crosses Station Road northwest of Jonesboro.
  • Trail Section Length: 7.7-Miles (Mile Posts 47-55)
  • Leg Description: The trail becomes increasingly remote, crossing the Chandler River, numerous streams, and beaver ponds.

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LEG 9: 3.6-MILES

Whitneyville Crossing to Machias

  • Start: Whitneyville Crossing - Mile Post 55 (MP55)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.719446, -67.521875
  • Location: Trail crosses ME 1A just south of Whitneyville.
  • Trail Section Length: 3.6-Miles (Mile Posts 55-59)
  • Leg Description: Leaving Whitneyville, the trail crosses the Machias River and cuts through freshwater marshes and upland forests. Skirting downtown Machias, the trail crosses just two roads in this section before reaching the Machias Railroad Station.

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LEG 10: 4.4-MILES

Machias to East Machias

  • Start: Machias - Mile Post 59 (MP59)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.719645, -67.451473
  • Location: Trail crosses US 1 in Machias.
  • Trail Section Length: 4.4-Miles (Mile Posts 59-63) 
  • Leg Description: In this section, trail users can experience an aspect unavailable on multi-use trails elsewhere in Maine: proximity to salt water. Before reaching the US Route 1 bridge in East Machias, the trail crosses extensive salt marshes while providing beautiful views across the Machias and East Machias rivers.

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LEG 11: 6.9-MILES

East Machias to Rocky Lake Crossing

  • Start: East Machias - Mile Post 63 (MP63)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.741226, -67.387345
  • Location: Trail crosses US 1 and ME 191.
  • Trail Section Length: 6.9-Miles (Mile Posts 63-70) 
  • Leg Description: The trail quickly ventures away from the coast and runs through fields and forests while paralleling ME Route 191. The trail intersects the southeast corner of the Rocky Lake Public Lands Unit before swinging east towards Dennysville. It's just a short side trip to the boating and camping areas on Rocky Lake's shore.

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LEG 12: 10.6-MILES

Rocky Lake Crossing to Dennysville

  • Start: Rocky Lake Crossing - Mile Post 70 (MP70)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.834722, -67.420254
  • Location: Trail crosses ME 191 just south of Diamond Match Rd.
  • Trail Section Length: 10.6-Miles (Mile Posts 70-80) 
  • Leg Description: Forests and numerous ponds and streams define this trail section. Enjoy beautiful views over Harmon's Stream, the East Ridge and Great Works Wildlife Management Areas, and the Denny's River before reaching Dennysville Station.

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LEG 13: 6.7-MILES

Dennysville to Ayers Junction

  • Start:Dennysville - Mile Post 80 (MP80)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.901932, -67.247068
  • Location: Trail crosses Milwaukee Rd. in Dennysville.
  • Trail Section Length: 6.7-Miles (Mile Posts 80-87) 
  • Leg Description: The trail continues through relatively remote forestland until it reaches its eastern terminus at Ayers Junction, just a few miles north of the village of Pembroke.

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LEG 14: 3.6-MILES

Ayers Junction to East River Road

  • Start: Ayers Junction - Mile Post 87 (MP87)
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.985302, -67.235818
  • Location: Trail crosses ME Route 214/Ayers Junction Road in Pembroke.
  • Trail Section Length: 3.6-Miles (Note: Miles are not marked!) 
  • Leg Description: The DEST ends at Ayer's Junction. You will be following MATS-206, also a rails-to-trail surface. There are several ATV trails that intersect the route on the leg, keep in mind that you are following the old railroad and trains can't make sharp turns. Stay the straightest course.

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NEW LEG 15: 7.9-MILES

East River Road to Pessikapskiyak Road

  • Updated for 2018!
  • Start: East River Road
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.967184, -67.167497
  • Location: Trail crosses East River Road in Pembroke.
  • Trail Section Length: 7.9-Miles (Note: Miles are not marked!) 
  • Leg Description: NEW FOR 2018! From East River Road, continue following MATS-206 for 5.2-miles. Where MATS-206 ends, cross US Route 1 and continue STRAIGHT on the paved Sipayik Trail, follow 2-miles. Continue STRAIGHT onto Treatment Plant Road, follow 2/10-miles. Stay STRAIGHT on Bayview Drive, follow 3/10-miles. Turn LEFT on Route 190, follow 4/10-miles. (Note: Run facing traffic on wide paved shoulder.) Hand-off is on Route 190 at Pessikapskiyak Road along Eastport causeway.

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NEW LEG 16: 6.7-MILES

Pessikapskiyak Road to Finish in Eastport

  • Updated for 2018!
  • Start: Pessikapskiyak Road of of Route 190, just past Pleasant Point along the causeway.
  • GPS Coordinates:44.950858, -67.039382
  • Location: Route 190 at Pessikapskiyak Road along Eastport causeway.
  • Trail Section Length: 6.7-Miles (Note: Miles are not marked!) 
  • Leg Description: NEW FOR 2018! Follow scenic Route 190, which passes thru Carlow Island with views of Cobscook Bay on your right, and Canada, across the Passamaquoddy Bay, on your left. (Note: Run facing traffic on wide paved shoulder.) Keep going on Route 190, follow 3.9-miles. Bear RIGHT on County Road, follow 7/10-mile. Turn LEFT on Lincoln Street, follow 2/10-mile. Turn LEFT on High Street, follow 9/10-mile. Turn RIGHT on Clark Street, follow 2/10-mile. Turn RIGHT on Water Street, follow 7/10-mile. Turn LEFT onto the Eastport Harbor Walk, follow 2/10-mile to the waterfront finish line at the Sutherland Overlook Park Amphitheater. (Located on the waterfront, near the fisherman and mermaid statues.)
  • Finish Line GPS Coordinates: 44.905386, -66.984429

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#rundowneast • July 20 + 21 2018

this event is organized by Crow Athletics, host running club of the July 4th Relay, Millinocket Marathon, and the award-winning Mount Desert Island Marathon.