15 comments on “Maine’s 100 Mile Patchwork

  1. It took me (and Whichway) two tries, ten months apart, to bag White Cap in the 100 Mile Wilderness. The tricky part was figuring out how to approach it. In 2011 we abandoned an attempt from the south and figured out that the next time we’d try from the north, but in 2012 with the Manbearpig’s help we successfully did it from the south, using an approach close to our original plan.

    • It’s funny how the 100 Mile Wilderness has enough road access to make it possible to hike as day-trips, but the logistics and route planning of the driving is probably the hardest of the entire AT. Finding your way along logging roads, knowing which ones are good for driving, knowing about parking spots, and so on can be a pretty challenging thing! Glad you made it up, though. It’s a gorgeous mountain.

  2. Ryan thanks so much for taking time to gather and present this very interesting information. Don’t ever recall seeing all this put together in one spot.

    Best wishes to you for a pleasurable trek in the 100-Mile Wilderness!

    John

    • Thanks John! I wish I could get up there as often as I make it to the White Mountains, so I’m hoping that having all the information ready will help me plan some trips there. Maybe it’ll do the same for some others, too 🙂

  3. Demystifying the 100 Mile Wilderness – Great info and thanks for all the resources. I want to see it more than ever now.

    • I can’t recommend it enough! Although, to be fair, I haven’t spent nearly as much time exploring it as I would like. There’s a heck of a lot to see.

  4. Ryan, Bruce here, we met at Imp on Sunday. Great write up here. After we discussed this at Imp I was curious about ownership and access and platnned on researching this myself. You’ve saved me the effort it seems. Good luck in the Wilderness!

    • Bruce, it was great to meet you! And I’m glad I could help. I’m sure some of my information is incomplete or out of date (I wish AMC would update that Piscataquis map. I should ask them about that), but it’s always good to have a place to start. Hopefully I’ll see you out on the trail again one of these days!

    • No problem! I just got back from hiking the 100 Mile Wilderness again, and I’m already thinking of compiling some more info. It turns out there are a lot of semi-hidden day-hike access points to the area, too, and it would be fun to put them all together somehow. Lots of paddling access points, too. Good stuff!

  5. John Malone, multibillionaire owner of Liberty Media, recently bought most of the Maine woods from a lumber company. He (2.2 million acres), Ted Turner (1 million acres), and the next top 23 owners (22 million acres ) own !% of the US, not counting Alaska.

    • I believe you’re referring to John Malone’s purchase of a large chunk of land in NH and ME in 2011, which is quite a bit smaller than “most of the Maine woods”. According to all accounts, Malone owns 2.2 million acres of land in several states. Maine’s northern forest is over 3.5 million acres, which may be where you’re confused. If all of his land holdings were in Maine, yes, it would be most of the forest. But his land holdings are all over the country.

      And, really, not a huge deal since it seems he’s into sustainable forestry and keeping the traditional access open. Most of Maine’s northern forest is owned privately by timber companies, and I’d rather have those interested in keeping it a working forest owning more of it than those like Plum Creek who push for large scale condo developments.

  6. Any discussion of the 100 mile wilderness should include the resources of the AT Lodge in Millinocket http://www.appalachiantraillodge.com/ and the White House Landing (32 trail miles south of Abol Bridge and 68 miles north of Monson) http://www.whitehouselanding.com/ My hiking partners (Merlotrin PM & Amicus) had the pleasure of meeting you on our hike of the 100 Mike Wilderness last week while I was off trail, with the help of the AT Lodge, recovering from the excessive heat and humidity. While the services of these providers can seem pricey, they are certainly reasonable and worth the cost, particularly the AT Lodge services of a food re-supply mid-point in the Wilderness and, in my case, getting me off and then back on the trail in the Wilderness.

    • Absolutely true. Actually, after talking with MerlotrinPM and Amicus, I couldn’t stay away from White House Landing. I had a great time there (and respite from the rain). Thanks for reminding me, too… I need to email Merlotrin since I just found his card that he gave me. Happy trails!

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