MORE INFORMATION: Appalachian Trail Conservancy 799 West Washington Street Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (304) 535-6331
HIGHLIGHTS: The hike from the Kennebec River to Mount Katahdin is the final stretch of trail for northbound thru-hikers (and the first section for southbound hikers.) It is largely composed of the 100 mile wilderness, an area of remote forest that is intersected only by the occasional logging road. There are no services in the 100 mile wilderness, but there is plenty of wildlife, especially moose. The numerous lakes have a number of great campsites and all are fairly close to the Trail. The Appalachian Trail Conference suggests you allow ten days to hike through the wilderness, although it is a bit easier than the southwestern section of trail in Maine.
Abol Bridge is at the northern end of the wilderness and it is a welcome sight after ten days on the trail. There is a small store located here with snack foods and basic supplies and the views of Katahdin are excellent from this location.
The last fifteen miles of the Appalachian Trail take you into Baxter State Park and up to the summit of Mount Katahdin at 5,267 feet. It’s 4000+ feet to the top of the mountain from the base at Katahdin Stream Campground, but the 5.2 mile climb is one of the most exciting for the northbound thru-hiker since it’s the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.