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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Katahdin - Baxter Peak, Mt. Katahdin - Hamlin Peak, ME
Trails
Trails: Abol Trail, Hunt Trail, Saddle Trail, Northwest Basin Trail, Hamlin Ridge Trail, North Basin Trail, North Basin Cutoff, Chimney Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 20, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Reservations required for Katahdin Trailheads. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A few minor crossings, none of concern 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of nice stone work on the Abol trail just before reaching tree line. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs allowed in BSP 
Bugs
Bugs: Minimal everywhere expect the summit of Baxter Peak.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We finally got a great weather day on the last day of out trip to Baxter State Park. We spotted a car the day before at Roaring Brook. We made our way to the Abol Trailhead early to ensure that we would have a spot to park. The Abol Trail was in decent shape and we made good time up to tree line and the scrambling. Once above treeline the real fun begins with a steep climb and scrambling up and over many large boulders. Once up on the ridge, the trail was wet at first but then dried out as we made it towards the summit of Baxter. The summit of Baxter was busy with many AT finishers and one Triple Crown finisher up there. We lingered for a bit and then made our way towards Hamlin. Descending the Saddle trail was pretty straight forward but with some tricky footing on the small rocks. Once an the junction with the Hamlin Ridge Trail, we stopped at Caribou Spring to get some water. Both Caribou and Thoreau Springs were running well. From there we made the short trip up to the summit of Hamlin Peak. We hung out for a while up there celebrating the group's NE 67 finish. We then continued down the Hamlin Ridge Trail concentrating on the trail and taking in the amazing views. Descending the ridge took a fair amount of time but once below treeline we made good time over to the Chimney Pond Trail and down to our awaiting vehicle.  
Name
Name: Skidder 
E-Mail
E-Mail: stephen.kidder@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-08-21 
Link
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