Baxter State Park - Hunt Trail (A.T.) remains closed
The Appalachian Trail on Katahdin (referred to locally as “The Hunt Trail”) remains closed while snow and ice is melting and trails dry out enough to become sustainable for hiking. The opening date of trails to the summit cannot be precisely predicted, as it is dependent on weather and rate of snowmelt. Currently the Hunt Trail is closed through May 28 and the closure will continue until conditions improve.
To check conditions, monitor the Baxter State Park’s website
and Baxter State Park Facebook page
Kennebec River Ferry Service
The Kennebec River is the most formidable unbridged crossing along the entire A.T. Do not attempt to ford the river. Please use the ferry service.
Schedule for 2019
May 24 – June 30 (9 – 11 am)
July 1 – September 30 (9 am – 2 pm)
October 1 – October 14 (9 – 11 am)
The Kennebec River is the most formidable, crossing on the A.T.:
• The Kennebec is approximately 400 feet wide with a swift, powerful current.
• As a result of water releases from multiple hydro facilities on the river, the depth and current of the river surge quickly and unpredictably. You cannot cross faster than the water level rises!
• Even at the lowest water levels, slippery rocks and strong currents make fording dangerous.
• Arrive early in the time period to ensure a safe and enjoyable crossing.
• If, in the judgment of the ferry operator, river or weather conditions make the crossing dangerous, the
service will be discontinued until conditions improve.
• Hikers are required to complete and sign a release form, wear a life jacket, and follow instructions.
• Groups of 6 or more – call or email the Ferry Operator to schedule a crossing. Arrive early!
• Pending availability, service outside of the regular season (see above dates) may be arranged for a $50 fee per crossing (1 or 2 hikers). Please call or e-mail in advance to make arrangements.
• No service will be available between November 1st and April 30th.
For more information and a schedule, view the Maine Appalachian Trail Club's
Kennebec River Ferry page
or download a flyer here
Appalachian Trail Visitor Center in Monson, ME
(Updated 7/30/18) Everyone is welcome. Long-distance hikers are able to obtain information about the 2018 Baxter State Park hiker permit. Staff are available to help plan logistics for the 100 Mile Wilderness and Katahdin. Trail conditions posted daily. Community and day hike information also available.
|Hours: 8-11, 1-5 every day (June 6 to Oct 14)
Address: 6 Tenney Hill, Monson, ME 04464
Phone: (207) 573-0163 (active as of June 6)
Email: [email protected]
If visiting in person, note that the visitor center
is located in the Monson Historical Society
building on the town’s main street
Baxter State Park
(Updated 7/30/18) 2018 Appalachian Trail Long Distance Hiker Permit: A free A.T. long distance hiker permit will be required of all long distance A.T. hikers: Northbound Thru-Hikers (Nobos), Southbound Thru-Hikers (Sobos), Flip-Flop Thru-Hikers and Section-hikers.
Long distance A.T. hikers must obtain a permit card in person at Baxter State Park Headquarters or Katahdin Stream Campground when the A.T. (Hunt Trail) opens for hiking. Once hikers obtain a permit card they will need to have it stamped at the Katahdin Stream Ranger Station.
The number of AT-Hiker Permit Cards for 2018 are limited by a Baxter State Park quota: 3150 A.T. hikers. If all available permit cards have been issued for 2018, "The Birches" long distance hiker campsite will close for the year. Hikers may complete their hike by obtaining a Day Use Parking Reservation (DUPR) or campground reservation (cannot be processed via smartphone) and enter the Park through the Togue Pond Gate.
For more information, please visit the Baxter State Park webpage or refer to their recent announcement
Hikers staying overnight within the park boundary must camp at designated sites; reservations are necessary for overnight sites for all hikers except those who have arrived on foot walking more than 100 miles. (Southbound thru-hikers should plan on making reservations for at least the night following their climb of Katahdin, and possibly the night before). All overnight hikers must pay a camping fee whether a reservation is obtained in advance or not. For more information about camping in the park and climbing Katahdin, visit www.baxterstatepark.org and the Baxter State Park Facebook page.
Access to Mt. Abraham - The Rapid Stream road damaged
It is being repaired only to the last house which is 3 miles short of the trailhead.