Baxter State Park Closed Abol Trail on Mount Katahdin

Published Aug 16, 2014

Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park.  ~~  Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

According to their Facebook page, Baxter State Park closed Abol Trail -- an access to the summit of Mount Katahdin and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail -- for the rest of 2014. Therefore, that trail will be closed until May or June of 2015 because it cannot be hiked in winter.

Here's the news from Baxter:


Late last winter substantial debris movement occurred on most of the portion of the Abol Trail ascending the Abol Slide.

The resulting debris field presents an area of exceptional hazard with a high risk of additional downslope movement of rocks, large boulders and debris.

As wilderness stewards, our philosophy is to protect the Park's resources and to provide accurate and complete advice and recommendations for safe and responsible travel in a wilderness environment.

Abol Slide presents significant hazard not only to the individual hiker, but to other hikers in the vicinity, especially to any hikers downslope.

Existing hazards on the slide will significantly limit or prevent any search and rescue response in the area.

In response to the clear and present danger, the Abol Trail is closed for 2014 hiking season. Hiking on the Abol Trail is prohibited. Hikers on the trail will be subject to summons and billed for cost reimbursement of any search and rescue expense incurred on their behalf.

Day Use Parking Reservation (DUPR) capacity at Katahdin Stream and Roaring Brook Campgrounds has been increased to accommodate the closure of the Abol Trail.

We will be developing a plan for future options regarding this important and popular Katahdin-access route.

The Hunt, Knife Edge and Helon Taylor Trails are now open. The Hunt Trail, as you probably know, is the path of the Appalachian Trail.

As of 9 PM on Saturday, June 7th, all other trails in Baxter State Park are open.

Hike smart.

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