For those of us locals who live in Kingfield and ski Sugarloaf, the trip up Route 27 in the morning can be an exercise in patience if you're anticipating a great day of skiing. It can also be grueling depending on the weather. But most of the time it's a nice ride through some of the most spectacular scenery in the state, hell, the northeast! It never gets old.
Route 27 from Kingfield meanders north alongside the Carrabassett River as it cuts through the Valley along groves of birch and tall evergreen, and stunning rock ledges that eventually open wide up to a panoramic view of the Bigelow Mountain Range. The road then closes down into the S-curves where it zig zags along the narrowing and now bonier and bolder-strewn river as a begins its steep ascent to its headwaters up in the Crocker Cirque.
This was a beautiful cloudless day. The road was still in the shadows of early morning as I approached the flats to the access road, when boom! there it was - Crocker Cirque all lit up by the morning sun like a million holiday trees.
The Cirque Lit Up • 8" x 8" acrylic framed to 12" x 12" • $275