My long-awaited week at Maine’s Baxter State is almost here. Here is the itinerary that I just sent the three folks on this adventure. At the time I reserved my route, three months ago, Chimney Pond Campground was already sold out for Monday with space for just 2. Chimney is the pick of the litter as far as BSP campgrounds go, even though it is a 3.3 mile hike from your vehicle.
Day 1 Roaring Brook parking lot to Chimney Pond Campground (CPC) 3.3 miles
( Guthook and Uncle Tom have the last Bunkhouse slots )
Day 2 Summit Day for Katahdin (staying in Lean-to #02) route undetermined
( Chris could hike in 3.3 miles to Chimney Pond Lean-to for his 1st day)
Day 3 CPC—>Roaring Brook—>Russell Pond CG (lean-to #05) 10 miles
(Chris could also meet up at RB parking lot for his first day and have 6.5 miles for this day)
Day 4 RPCG—> Upper South Branch Lean To- via Pogy Notch Trail 9.5 miles
Day 5 USBP Lean-to to South Branch Campground Lean to # 02 12 miles (via Traveler Mountain Loop) – (lower mileage and much less demanding options are 2.1 on east side of SB Pond or 4.7 miles on the west side of the Pond)
Day 6 SBCG to Long Pond Pines tent site 7.5 Miles
Day 7 Hike out from tent site back to a car ( back the 7.5 miles ) at South Branch Campground and then drive to Nesowadnehunk Field Campground (NFCG) for Lean-to #7 – We planned to summit Doubletop ( 6.8 miles round trip) either this day, or sleep at NFCG this day OR
Day 8 Double Top Mtn. in the morning with no gear in a day pack (6.8 miles round trip) and drive home this day .
all the maps for this itinerary are downloadable on the Baxter State Park Web site– if you have the ability to print them out, you should do it and have your own map(s)- alternatively you can purchase a nice Delorme waterproof map of BSP for about $9, or a MUCH better deal is to purchase a copy of the revised (2012) AMC Maine Mountain Guide for $24, which will give you great reading about all these trails . You’ll also have the 100 Mile Wilderness map for our upcoming September fly-in trip on The Hundred.
Here is an excellent description of the rigorous, but rewarding Traveler Loop Trail that I hope to do on Day 5.
All nights except for one will be in a 4 person lean-to.
As of yesterday, there are still mosquitoes in BSP. I am undecided as to how I will deal with them. If I had a bivvy sack, it would be my first choice. I may go minimal just bring some Deet and a head net. Only 1 night will be at a tent site, so I may cowboy that night, or if the weather is iffy, I will have my tent stashed in the car at South Branch Pond campground. I’ll get that and pack it in to Long Pond Pines tent site.
I will update my packing list and get it to you, Chris.