Received a call from Lauren to check in and for the purposes of planning the pick up next weekend. They are in Monson, ME at the Shaw’s Hiker Hostel picking up resupplies. They have reached the 2075.3 mile mark of the trail. They will head out tomorrow (July 31) for the last week or so of the trail. All the pictures in this post are from Google images.
The next segment of hiking is referred to as the “100 Mile Wilderness” which leads into Baxter. It is considered to be fairly dangerous and only for hikers of “advanced means”.
“The Hundred-Mile Wilderness is the section of the Appalachian Trail running between Abol Bridge just south of Baxter State Park and Monson in the state of Maine. It is generally considered the wildest section of the Appalachian Trail, and one of the most challenging to navigate and traverse. This section of the A.T. is crossed by several logging roads and is maintained by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. It consists of a small corridor of protected wilderness surrounded by large tracts of public and private land controlled by paper companies. An increasing amount of the adjoining lands are being protected by groups like the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Nature Conservancy.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred-Mile_Wilderness).
I found these slides to sum it up:
There are a few summits that Lauren will have text service only, so plan on not hearing much from her until August 5 when they come off the trail. Getting connected at Birch may be interesting without cell phones but I’m pretty sure if we get there about 4pm and wait for them, we’ll connect. =)
The current hiking plan for those following along:
- Monday – 18.9 miles – camping at Cloud Pond Lean-to (2094.4)
- Tuesday – 24 miles – camping at Logan Brook Lean-to (2118.4)
- Wednesday – 23.1 miles – camping at Potaywadjo Spring Lean-to (2141.5)
- Thursday – 18.2 miles – camping at Rainbow Stream Lean-to (2159.7)
- Friday 24.9 miles- camping at the Birches Lean-to (2184.6) which is the base of Mt. Katahdin.
- Saturday 5.2 miles to the summit of Mt. Katahdin and the completion of the trail.
The last 5.2 miles up is reported to be fairly difficult. The exciting thing, in talking to Lauren, there is another trail “The Saddle” which is an easier trail (still in the moderate to difficult range) which SG and I will look at to see if we can hike up that to meet them as they are coming down. I had ruled out hiking with them because we had gone from easy trails to difficult and the trail was 19.5 miles round trip. Starting at Birches or the Saddle trail head, makes the trail about 10 miles round trip if we were to reach the summit. If we hike up while they come down, we meet and hike the rest of the way out.
I have about 72 hours before we depart. On this more rocky, difficult terrain, it makes me wonder if trekking poles might not be a decent investment.
Until the next check-in or we get to Millinocket, ME,