9 comments on “Backpacking Through Baxter State Park

    • Total mileage was about 25 miles over the three days. That doesn’t count the canoeing on Wassataquoik Lake, though πŸ™‚

    • Come back to Maine any time! If you need help on arranging a trip up there, or a hiking buddy, you know I’m always looking for an excuse to get back there, too. And congratulations on finishing the PCT!

  1. This trip looks awesome, definitely putting it on my list. Wassataquoik Lake looks awesome. What’s the best map/guide(s) for Baxter SP?

    • I’d say the map that BSP produces is the best– it’s very inexpensive, has the most up-to-date trail info, and seems to be updated most frequently. The only problems are that it doesn’t have mileage listed, and I don’t think it’s for sale online anywhere. Give the park a call and I’m sure you could do an easy mail order. Also, for the second best, I’d check out the Appalachian Mountain Club’s map. It’s not nearly as up-to-date, but they make good maps and the mileage is definitely on there. Buying both of them wouldn’t set you back less than $20.

  2. Wow, I had no idea this state was so stunning! I’m from the UK and planning a hiking trip to the US next year and up until now I was planning on heading west but this may just have changed my mind. Any tips on great first trip locations in Maine?

    • The two classics for Maine are Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park, for sure. If you wanted to get the most bang for your buck out of one trip, those are the two to see– and you could spend weeks just in those two. After those, I could come up with a long list for you πŸ™‚ Happy trails!

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