Wednesday July 3, 9.9mi/15.9km
Abol Bridge (2176.9) to Katahdin Stream campground (2186.8) (ME)
I slept in, and wandered into the kitchen around 7am, and had a very energizing breakfast.
I spent a few hours doing planning for my next hike (which I figured out I will start on July 14th), and then walked to the other side of town to hitch a ride back to Abol Bridge. Three hitches later, including riding in the back of a truck, and I was there!
Abol Bridge is basically just a campground and store.
I crossed the bridge over the Penobscot River, and got a great view of Katahdin!
A few minutes later, I crossed into Baxter State Park. They make it very obvious when you enter… and post all the rules too.
I walked along the Penobscot river for an hour, and the sound of rushing water was a nice distraction. There were many people out tubing and kayaking too.
Then the trail climbed up a small hill, along a different smaller river. But still plenty powerful!
It had a couple of waterfalls, Big Niagara falls, and little Niagara falls. Not tall, but super powerful.
Little Niagara falls :
Then the trail entered the woods, and everything was super mossy and green.
And finally, I walked by Daicey Pond, which is a popular place to camp and canoe.
I arrived to Katahdin Stream campground at 5pm, and some hikers that I had hiked with a few days in the Hundred Mile wilderness, Wow and Lightfoot, invited me over to their campsite! It was a fun last gathering together.
After I setup my tent, I walked over to the ranger station. Tim was the ranger, and gave me a Thru-hiker permit card for the summit. And he allows hikers to borrow a free loaner daypack for the summit hike!
I went back to the campsite, made dinner, and enjoyed one last night with my fellow hikertrash. They are summiting Katahdin tomorrow, I will go up on Friday with a group of friends from Boston!
Hello there! RR . . . Margaret, from Bend, OR here. Please keep me on your list for the PN Trail adventure. Am enjoying your hikes, vicariously, with fervor. PN sounds terrific!
Will do! I’m happy to entertain, and I love that I get to finish this year of hiking in the PNW…it feels the most like home