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!