Appalachian Trail (Kennebec River to Pleasant Pond Shelter)

Location: Southwest Maine
Trip Starts: Kennebec River
Trip Ends: Pleasant Pond Shelter
Total Distance: 5.7 miles
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Heavy
Trip Type: Day Hike
More Information:

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
799 West Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-6331


The hike from the Kennebec River to Mount Katahdin is the final stretch of trail for northbound thru-hikers, and there are frequent rock scrambles and numerous river and stream crossings in this section. Many streams require fording (since the spring runoff washes away the smaller bridges that are found in most other states) and this small creek just north of Caratunk was no exception during our hike. It had swollen from heavy rains that caused a flash flood during the day and Mackie and I were not sure we could cross it when we first ran into the raging stream.

We hiked this short section of trail on our 1996 cross-country trip. It is just north of the Kennebec River (and near the small town of Caratunk, Maine) and is a fairly easy day hike. We started at Pleasant Pond, visited the nearby Lean-To (or shelter as they say in the South), then followed the Trail back to Caratunk. The rains were heavy during our hike, and most of the Appalachian Trail was under water (but you are likely to have much better weather than we did).

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