Northbound Appalachian Trail Hiking Season Wanes

Published Oct 14, 2013

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Mount Katahdin, in Maine's Baxter State Park, as viewed from Abol Bridge. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

We're nearing the end of the season for northbound Appalachian Trail thru-hikers.

If you're reading this on your way out of the 100-Mile-Wilderness and you're almost at Abol Bridge today, October 14, 2013, you'll be happy to know that you may camp within Baxter State Park through October 15, 2013.

The Fine Print: You may camp in Baxter State Park on Tuesday the 15th but you must vacate on the 16th.

Options for paid camping after October 15th are limited, but available.

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Click Here for Hiker Services from Appalachian Trail Lodge in Millinocket

My favorite Trail resource is the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association's (ALDHA) Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion, published by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).

To Purchase a copy of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion:

The Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion and sources familiar with Baxter State Park often suggest hiking to Katahdin Stream Campground, roughly five miles from the trail's end. Taking a shuttle to/from Millinocket is a common way to rest before the final ascent this time of year.

The Book at Amicalola Falls State Park, at the base of Springer Mountain in Georgia, where thru-hikers proclaim their intention to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Book at Amicalola Falls State Park, at the base of Springer Mountain in Georgia, where thru-hikers proclaim their intention to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Our friends at the southern terminus of the Trail at Amicalola State Park in Georgia told us today that 1,139 northbound thru-hikers signed The Book affirming their intent do the entire AT. No one will be surprised if some thru-hikers skipped logging in at the park, but that's a reliable statistic.

Schools and sports teams take a lot of flak for giving everyone trophies, instead of only awarding them to winners. I don't care.

If you set foot on the Appalachian Trail this year -- as a day hiker, section hiker or thru-hiker -- you deserve a trophy, in my humble opinion. (Unless you didn't follow Leave No Trace ethics.)

If you'd like to read the stories of those who have finished the trail, browse our Thru-Hikers' Tales.

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There wouldn't be an Appalachian Trail without the ATC and the many Trail clubs along the way.

Click Here to Find a Trail Maintaining Club

If you have a love for the outdoors and the AT, you'll find like-minded folks in each of those vital organizations.

Didn't hit the Trail this year? Not to worry.

Spring 2014 is only 157 days away. You can do it, if you begin planning today to hike the Appalachian Trail.


Tags: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, News, Appalachian Trail Clubs, and Maine Appalachian Trail Club

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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