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views open at various points on the trail below Katahdin. Here three
mountains — The Owl, Mt. O-J-I and Barren Mountain — make for a
fantastic view over one of the ponds. O-J-I got its name from the
rockslides that make those letters on its southwestern side.
November 2, 2008
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The Appalachian Trail
Mount Katahdin, Maine. Here I am on November 2008 at the base of
the mountain. It was not safe to climb in late fall, with ice at the
summit. It was a chilly morning when my son and I arrived at Baxter
State Park, but it soon warmed
up. Mount Katahdin is in the background shrouded in clouds.
completed 200 miles of the trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia
(or, to be more precise, from the approach trail at Amicalola Falls
State Park) northward to Clingman's Dome (completed between May 24 and
June 13, 2013), I've a long way to go before I get back to Katahdin. In
2,185.9 (3,518 kilometres) minus 200 miles I'll eventually
return. Better late than never...
we couldn't climb the mountain, my son Matt and I took a couple of days
to walk the roughly 10-mile stretch from Katahdin Stream
Campground to Abol Bridge, plus a mile of the "100 Mile
Wilderness" just to say we walked a bit of it, and to get a glimpse of
the white cedar swamp.
To generalize: the walking was pretty flat and easy, with
a couple of
exceptions. There are a couple of streams to ford and in November they
can run fast and cold.
This sign stands guard the northern end of the "100-mile wilderness"
of Arbol Bridge. It's a somber reminder of the care that should be
taken in this
section. In fact, Matt (my son) and I only walked a mile into the
section from Abol Bridge
at sundown. We turned around too late, and after our flashlight
batteries died, we
got totally turned around in the moonless dark, walking back south on
the trail for
quite a while before we realized we were going the wrong way! In
we were "bumfuzzled."November 2, 2008
Above: a log bridge on the east
side of Tracy pond or Elbow Pond. These were fun to traverse and very
Left: a log path into the swamp pine section at the north end of the
The general walk Beside Tracy
Elbow ponds (with handy boards to cross some of the wetter spots — see
the photo above) and
the beautiful stroll along the West Branch Penobscot River made for a
fine weekend hike.
In the early sections by the Tracy and Elbow ponds and by Big Niagara
falls on Nesowadnehunk, the vista opens and there are fine views of
mountains such as The Owl, barren Mountain and O-J-I.
We were able to find a reasonasbly cheap motel in Millenocket for our
weekend jaunt. However, restaurants were scarce, especially after
hours. On our last day, we finished hiking late and tired and had to
tolerate a lousy MacDonald's meal as it was the only place open at 11
Millinocket, out of season at least, is a sleepy town. Never mind: a
mattress, good shower and a beer and we were back in the game.
The lower fork of the Nesowadnehunk Stream (at the 2,175.5-mile point
going north, or the 10.4-mile
point going south) was a little hairy. Here Matt
negotiates a section. Note the fast-moving water on the right. We spent
time buiding "bridges." November 2, 2008
I'm not sure when
I'll revisit this section of the
trail. Unfortunately, back in 2008, an old computer ate my notes and
Web pages on this section. My apologies for the general information.But
I'll eventually get back here...
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