This is the route of the 10k Beach 2 Beacon race held annually in August. Cape Elizabeth is Portland’s most affluent suburb, with lovely waterfront sections and pretty residential streets. We’ve mapped a route paralleling the 10k Beach 2 Beacon race, held annually in August. The route begins in Cape Elizabeth near Crescent Beach State Park. You’ll proceed north north on Rt. 77 and then bear right onto Old Ocean House Road, a narrow road that will rejoin Rt. 77. From there, you’ll pass the town hall and turn right onto Shore Road, proceeding down the winding road approaching Fort Williams. The road conditions are mixed, with downhills predominating through Smugglers Cove. There are three climbing hills that dominate the approach to Fort Williams. At Fort Williams, you will enter through the Old Gate, following an uphill path around the old bunkers until they reach the top with its views of Casco Bay and the historic Portland Head Light.
Lots of options to vary the route. There are paths in Crescent Beach State Park. We also like Two Lights Rd. down to Two Lights State Park. From Fort Williams, Shore Rd. continues north, but not always water views. It’s also fun to explore the residential streets near the coast, which feature lovely homes.