Last week two of my good friends from my AT through-hike in 2007 came up to visit. They’re both from down south, so we had hoped for some good snow to play in while they were up here. Unfortunately, the last few weeks in the northeast have been mighty warm, and almost all of our snow has disappeared. But that’s on the coast. At the last minute, I decided we should head up to Baxter State Park for some late-season snowshoeing near Mount Katahdin.
After picking Cough Drop and Kentucky Blue up in Portland, we spent the night at my parents’ place in Belfast, then in the morning started the three plus hour drive to Baxter Park. It was pretty obvious as soon as we got past Bangor that we would have at least some snow to play in.
Kentucky Blue had never been on snowshoes before, so it was pretty exciting for her. I was happy to have any bits of blue sky since the forecast had not been optimistic. Maybe her excitement had been more powerful than the clouds, though, because we had some nice views of the big mountain. After a photo op at Abol Bridge, the classic shot of Katahdin for all of us through-hikers, we headed out to the AT, then the Blueberry Ledges Trail for some untracked snow.
The snow was probably still three feet deep, but it was warm and sticky, so not the best conditions for snowshoeing. Still, it was mighty pretty out. Even in the relatively closed-in forest we had some nice occasional views of the characteristically glacial landscape near Katahdin Stream, and one nice view all the way to Jo-Mary Mountain to the south.
I’ve been on a few good snowshoe trips this winter, but I haven’t been consistent. Because of that I was exhausted at the end of the day, but so were Blue and CD. After a nice out-and-back walk we had a whoopie pie at the Abol Bridge store, then a lot of coffee in Millinocket to keep us awake for the drive back. It was a good day. And it reminded me I need to get up to Baxter Park more often, even if it is a whopping five-hour drive from Portland.
For more pictures, see my photo gallery.