Check out this excellent report from Josh Christie; Worth the Trip: Donnell Pond, reserved and picturesque – Portland Press Herald
I’ll be pulling my blue cedar/canvas canoe out of storage for a couple nights’ camping next weekend to exploring at one of Maine’s Public Reserved Lands. There are a few hikes here, covered adequately in Carey Kish’s AMC’s Best Day Hikes along the Maine Coast: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails From the Maine Beaches to Downeast.
I have not canoed for two years, with my last effort in Baxter State Park. My friend Ivan and I canoed directly north, straight across Katahdin Lake to reach the Twin Ponds Trail.
My right shoulder is worn out, even after two surgeries, with an overdue shoulder replacement somewhere on the horizon. However, it’s been good lately, possibly the result of bi-weekly physical therapy sessions for the past several months. I decided to take a chance, altering our padding itinerary with backup hikes around Donnell Pond in lieu of a 15 mile paddle exploring the perimeter of the Pond.
I really enjoy canoeing in the fall, where you can take plenty of gear and food. Most of the time I am content with my 15 pound of base weight in my backpack. I may take my new Seekoutside tipi on this trip, and maybe even a camp chair to lounge around in.