District Overseer Reports




Overseer – Rick SteCroix

(The Katahdin District extends from the Jo-Mary Haul Road to the Summit of Katahdin.
It consists of 55.7 miles of the Appalachian Trail and 2.6 miles of side trails.)


October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014 


The Katahdin District consists of 55.8 miles of the A.T. and 4.0 miles of side trails. A total of 48 individuals worked 878 hours on the trails and campsites this year. They traveled 440 hours to get to their respective worksites. This comes to a total of 1318 hours of volunteer work in the Katahdin District. There are 11 trail sections assignments in the Katahdin District. The longest is 11.3 miles and the shortest is 2.6 miles with the average being 5.0 miles. The maintainers made 23 work trips this year.

  • 4 maintainers made 1 work trip
  • 5 maintainers made 2 work trips
  • 1 maintainer made 4 work trips
  • 1 maintainer made 5 work trips

Trail Work

We had a long and cold winter with many snowstorms. A very wet and rainy spring made for difficult conditions to get spring trail maintenance done. Work trips were done in May and June to prepare the A.T. for the hiking season. Several maintainers also made work trips in July and August. The weather was generally wet during June but we ended up with a nice summer and fall. The usual trail work of clearing blowdowns and clipping back brush and branches from the footpath were done. Painting white blazes on the A.T. and blue blazes on side trails was done where needed. Cleaning waterbars and drainage ditches was also done. Trail signs are in good shape. In Baxter State Park, the blue blazed Highwater Trail is a bypass to fording the Nesowadnehunk Stream at 2 places. Beaver activity is occurring at both outlets of the northern and southern Rainbow Deadwaters, but the trail is not affected. The Maine Trail Crew worked 3 weeks in June on the Hunt Trail (A.T.) in Baxter State Park, 3 weeks in July at the Rainbow Deadwaters, 3 weeks in July at Nahmakanta Stream and 3 weeks in August east of Rainbow Lake.


All 7 campsites received regular maintenance by the maintainers this season. The leantos at Hurd Brook, Rainbow Stream, Wadleigh Stream and Potaywadjo Spring are all in good shape. The tentsites at Rainbow Spring, Nahmakanta Stream and Antlers’ Campsites are also in good shape. Trash was picked up, firepits cleaned of ashes and unburnable trash. Abandoned clothes, gear, food and books left behind by inconsiderate hikers was carried out and disposed. All campsite signs showing directions to water sources, privies and tent sites are in good shape. The moldering privy at Hurd Brook Campsite, built in September 2000, is doing well. The moldering privy at Rainbow Stream Campsite, built in June, 2001, is also doing well.

The 5 pit privies at the other campsites are in fair to good shape. Various bootleg campsites continue to be used along the trail and the maintainers continue to clean up trash that is left behind and to break up illegal firerings. The Nature Conservancy has a campsite at Rainbow Lake Dam on a 0.25 mile side trail. The State of Maine has a couple of campsites at the southern end of Nahmakanta Lake. The major project of building an accessible moldering privy at Wadleigh Stream Campsite was accomplished in June, 2014. About 20 volunteers traveled 187 hours and worked 366 hours over 2 weekends. The lumber was precut then transported to the South End of Nahmakanta Lake. Then 2 boats were used to move the volunteers, lumber and materials 2 miles up the lake, then carried 1/2 mile to the campsite where the moldering privy was assembled. We had great weather and great volunteers to accomplish this project.


About 25.5 miles of the A.T. is on National Park Service land from the JoMary Road to Murphy Brook. About 15.2 miles of the A.T. is on The Nature Conservancy land from Murphy Brook to the Golden Road. About 1 mile of the A.T. is a road walk on the Golden Road, owned by the Katahdin Forest Management Company. The balance of the A.T., about 14.4 miles, is in Baxter State Park, from Abol Stream to Baxter Peak, Katahdin. Boats and canoes continue to be stored in the corridor at the following sites: Big Beaver Pond, Rainbow Lake Dam, Rainbow Deadwaters and Crescent Pond.

I would like to thank everyone that volunterred their time and effort in the Katahdin District in 2014. Your work is very important in maintaining and protecting the A.T. in Maine. Thank you.

Rick Ste.Croix


Katahdin District

Maine A.T. Club

Rick Ste.Croix
Overseer, Katahdin District
E-mail: mailto: ricknrachel@roadrunner.com



Looking at Barren Mountain from Borestone – Winter 2010
Photo by Julian Wiggins



Overseer: Ron Dobra
Assistant Overseer: Bruce Grant

(The Whitecap District extends from Maine Highway 15 to the Jo-Mary Haul Road.)

Whitecap District – 2014 Annual Report

submitted 1/21/2015


The Whitecap District, initiating the first sixty miles of the “100 mile wilderness” heading north, starts easily enough along the Wilson Valley and ends in a similar fashion along Cooper Brook, but contains two of the grittier ridge lines of the AT found on the Barren Chairback range  and the White Cap range. During the reporting period of Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014, twenty-six section maintainers , seven of whom are also corridor monitors, conducted work trips, and along with an additional sixty-three volunteers logged 1,738 work hours and 916 travel hours for a total of 2,659 hours devoted to district tasks. This work was supplemented by many more hours of trail reconstruction by MATC’s Maine Trail Crew, laying down 58 stone steps on the steep pitch down to the bottom of Chairback Gap from the lean-to and 30 stone steps in the perennial wet area from Slugundy Falls up past the Long Pond Stream lean-to, ending a two year project that has hardened a long section of trail with stone steps, stepping stones, water bars, causeway and ditching.

Personnel-wise, we lost a pair of real old-times to retirement when Elizabeth and John Reinsborough, after twenty years, gave up their section up the south side of Gulf Hagas Mtn. They provided exemplary responsibility to their commitment. Filling three section vacancies were Andy Peak, taking over the Pleasant River tote road section of the Gulf Hagas loop trail; Tom Carr, who added a section in Maine to his section in New Jersey (now there’s some travel time)-that of Little Wilson Falls to North Pond tote road; and Ken Kimball, scoutmaster of the Parkman Boy Scout Troop, who has lead his enthusiastic charges several times from Little Wilson Falls to Big Wilson Stream, with some ambitious bog bridging projects in the works.

Highlights of the season included rescue of a failing privy at Logan Brook by the district bio-hazard A-Team…Michelle and Stan Moody, Dick Welsh and myself. Ingenious engineering allowed a stable tip-up of the old structure, allowing the overflowing contents to be emptied, transported, spread, and covered in an impromptu sludge field. Pit mucking was done in short rotations. We await universal above ground moldering privies.

Maintainer Sheri Langlais was appointed by the Executive Committee to fill a vacancy for Director. She is now up to her ears in planning for the 2017 ATC Biennial to be held in Maine.

Our club publicity contact, Susan Tompkins, arranged for WCSH6 television reporter Tom Goff to do a mini documentary on the Maine Trail Crew working the Long Pond Stream lean-to area. I both hosted Tom and got my 19 seconds of air time fame.

The ATC regional staff, five strong, made a summer training hike over the Barren and Whitecap ranges, assessing both conditions and relocations scouted out by Lester Kenway down the White Brook Trail and on the AT descending Columbus Mtn. into Chairback Gap.

A request by the Piscataquis County Tourism Development Authority to connect a newly rebuilt side trail to the AT for the purpose of accessing Little Wilson Falls is in the process of review. Another new trail built by this group from the AT to Goodell Falls below the Rt. 15 parking lot in Monson opened over the summer.

Upcoming this summer will be the need to get out early for spring maintenance..my few walks in the woods around Greenville show way above average blowdown evidence. Help will be needed packing in tools for the Trail Crew when they begin six weeks of work on Third Mtn. and six weeks of work on Fourth Mtn. These will be on the web site.

Also on the web site, MATC.org, are the four maintainer vacancies open in the district. I am eager to hear from interested volunteers, and will be available to both walk the sections and provide some training/guidance this spring. Other projects, such as bog bridging or privy moving, will be listed on the site as needed.

As always, thanks to the efforts of all Whitecap workers who keep the trail up and running.
Ron Dobra, Whitecap district overseer
207 695-3959



View from the summit of Whitecap

 Ron Dobra
Overseer, Whitecap District
E-mail: rdobra@matc.org



Overseer : Craig Dickstein
Assistant Overseer: Peter Roderick

(The Kennebec District runs from the Long Falls Dam Road north of North New Portland to Route 15 north of Monson a total of 54.2 AT miles with an additional 1.2 miles of side trail. Included in the district are 6 lean-tos and 1 campsite plus the only ferry service on the AT.)


Kennebec District – 2014 Report
October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014


There are 21 trail section assignments in the District with the longest being 8.9 miles, the shortest 0.34 miles, and an average of 2.6 miles each.

There are 24 individual maintainers assigned in the Kennebec District plus two organizations, Pine Island Camps and the University of Maine Outing Club. 65 work trips were reported via the MATC Volunteer Work Report Form, accounting for 828.75 work hours and 351.75 travel hours.

Highlights of the 2013-2014 reporting period include: 

  • Michelle and Stan Moody gave up their section (from the Doughty Pond side trail north to Rte 15) in favor of a Whitecap District assignment closer to their seasonal camp.  Many thanks for their years of service to the District. We also thank them for remaining available to their successor, Lori Johnson of Durham, ME, for consultation and assistance as needed.  Welcome aboard Lori!
  • Speaking of Lori’s section, it now has an extensive span of raised boardwalk thanks to a heroic Club-wide volunteer effort in the late fall.  Addressing the ever present beavers (Castor canadensis, subsp. kennebecsis) and their impact on the AT in the District, this structure assures that the Trail will no longer be inundated by the beaver pond.
  • The Pleasant Pond Mountain trail relocation – 0.4 miles of new trail built to avoid very difficult rock scrambles – was officially opened in the spring and was well broken in by season’s end.
  • The third MATC-built accessible moldering privy was erected at the Kennebec River Ferry crossing.  This was a welcomed addition by hikers and the Ferryman appreciates the built-in paddle closet that keeps his equipment dry and safe.
  • Damaged acrylic panels were replaced with aluminum ones at the West Carry Pond Lean-to.  This was the final such project for the District.  All lean-tos are reported in dry and structurally sound condition.
  • The West Carry Pond lean-to privy saw an important safety upgrade with rebuilt stairs as it awaits replacement with one of the new accessible moldering privies.
  • New signage was designed, fabricated, and installed to guide the Great Carrying Place Portage Trail (Arnold Expedition Historical Society) past W-est Carry Pond where it is coincident with the AT.

Projects Planned for the Upcoming Season:

  • The first-ever-to-Maine AT historical interpretive sign will be installed near Arnold Point on West Carry Pond to inform hikers of the encampment there by Colonel Benedict Arnold’s forces as they passed through the area on their way to Quebec in 1775.  This is a joint effort with the Arnold Expedition Historical Society.
  • Replacement signs are on order for many areas and will be installed when they are ready.
  • Given the recent heavy, wet snows and high wind conditions, significant effort is expected for maintainers to get the trail open this spring.
  • Dana Thurston will be retiring after 20+ years of maintaining a long section of Trail around West Carry Pond.  I have several replacement volunteers queued up for that assignment and Dana will be helping with the transition.  THANKS, Dana!!

Peter and I would like to extend a genuine thanks to all that contributed to the continued success of Trail maintenance in the Kennebec District.


Figure A: The new raised boardwalk near Doughty Pond.


Abbie painting 2 8-21-2014 9-51-13 AM

Figure B:  One of the youngest MATC volunteers hard at work painting the Ferryman’s paddle closet at the new moldering privy.



Craig Dickstein
Overseer Kennebec District
E-mail: Kennebec@matc.org

 Assistant Overseer
Peter Roderick



Overseer Dick Fecteau

(The Bigelow District extends from Route 4 to the Long Falls Dam Road. It has 68.3 miles of A.T. and side trail.)


Bigelow District – 2014 Annual Report

Twenty six Bigelow District maintainers reported 115 trips this past season. A total of 99 individuals tallied 2465 volunteer hours working on the trails and campsites from Rt. 4 to the Long Falls Dam Rd.

Highlights include;

Ian Fitzmorris was the Horns Pond caretaker again this past season. Ian was very efficient as a caretaker and ridge runner in the area. In addition to being a friendly and helpful host to many hikers, Ian continued to tackle projects above and beyond his care-taking duties.

Rachel Cole will be the Horns Pond caretaker for the 2015 season. Rachel thru-hiked the AT in 2011, the PCT in 2012, and the Continental Divide in 2013

Six tent platforms were replaced at Bigelow Col by twelve girls from Camp Tekawithka during the last week of June. This was a eleven hour long project that included dismantling and removing the old platforms before constructing the new sturdier platforms. Ian Fitzmorris contributed major help during and after this project was completed.

Major clipping was completed along the AT over the summit of North Crocker, a distance of 1mile. The two mile trail section from the summit north towards Rt. 27 is available this coming season.

A Maine Conservation Corp crew worked for three weeks constructing drainage structures and stone steps on the south side of Saddleback Jr.

The Maine Trail crew spent 3 weeks installing 22 rock steps on a steep section of trail about ½ mile from the Rt. 4 parking area.

Returning during the last wet weekend of July the Camp Tekawithka boys did extensive drainage work on the AT between South Horn and West Peak with help from MATC caretakers Ian Fitzmorris and Grace Glynn. Additionally these lads hauled wood chips up to Horns Pond for use in the composting privies.

The annual mid season mixer at Horns Pond was accomplished by MATC caretakers, Grace, Ian and Carol Wellman from Gulf Hagas.

Grace Glynn was the Piazza Rock caretaker this season. Grace was very effective as a caretaker, site maintainer and ridge runner in the area, plus being a friendly and helpful host to many hikers. Grace returns with enthusiasm and plans for engaging Rangeley as a trail town, and developing a music program for working with kids around the campfire, using old logging camp songs and Pete Seeger sing-a-longs.

Grace Glynn along with John Towey replaced a dozen rotted bog bridging sections just south of the Beach Hill Rd.This is a ¼ mile section of wet trail that cannot be relocated hence the ongoing bog bridging repairs.

Major projects next season include;

Poplar Ridge to Saddleback Junior Reconstruction
This original section of the Appalachian Trail, opened by the CCC in the mid-1930’s, has numerous trail erosion problems that have developed over the years.
The area of focus of this project is between Poplar Ridge Lean-to and the alpine summit of Saddleback Junior. It is expected that about 200 stone steps and 20 or more stone water bars will be built during this coming season.

Berry Pickers Trail
Dave Field has proposed and the MATC exec committee has accepted a new side trail that will connect the AT with the Fly Rod Crosby trail in Madrid. Dave has flagged a route along the prominent ridge on the south side of Saddleback. Dave has often referred to this as the original trail up Saddleback for the berry pickers from Madrid. It will be called the Berry Pickers Trail and hopefully will be opened by the end of next season.

Safford Notch side trail

A couple dozen sections of bog bridging will be installed on the lower section that was relocated several years ago. This is likely a Camp Tekawithka project.

Moose Falls campsite

Repair tent platforms and privy and build a short trail relocation around a wet section about ½ mile south of the campsite.

Many thanks to all the District maintainers and volunteers who do the vast majority of routine work that includes; blow down removal, water bar cleaning and blazing, without which there would be no Appalachian Trail in Maine.

Dick Fecteau
Overseer, Bigelow District
284 Ramsdell Rd.
Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: (207) 778-0870
E-mail: rfecteau@midmaine.com




Overseer Tom Gorrill
Assistant Overseer: Mike Ewing

Section Description: The Baldpate district runs from Route 26 in Grafton Notch State Park to Route 4 in Sandy River Plantation.   The District consists of 46.8 miles on the Appalachian Trail and 26.3 miles of side trails including the Grafton Loop Trail on the easterly side of Route 26, the Bemis Stream Trail, the Upper Dunn Notch Falls and Cascade Side Trails.

Baldpate District – Annual Report 2014

Maintainers: There are a total of 31 dedicated maintainers with sections or campsites within the District who, along with other volunteers who helped them, spent over 1200 hours (over 60 trips) this season working on the trail.  All of our maintainer positions are currently filled but if you would like to lend a hand or be considered for the next opening please let Mike or me know.

Projects Completed:  In addition to all the work the maintainers do to maintain the trail, several projects were worked on this year including the following:

  • Maine Conservation Crew worked on two projects in the district and did really incredible work:
    • Old Blue–installed stone steps and drainage
    • Frye Notch—repaired and built rock steps rock steps as you head north out of the Notch
  • The Camp Tekakwitha completed two projects two bog bridging projects; one south of the Sabbathday Pond campsite and one near the Houghton Road
  • Telstar High School also gave us a hand this year cleaning out 25 waterbars heading up West Baldpate, so important to preserving the trail.

Projects Planned for the Upcoming Season: Several exciting projects are planned this year.  First, we plan to build a campsite just south of Black Brook.  The campsite committee has made this a priority in response to a request from the section maintainer, Rod Forsman, to investigate the need since so many hikers were using bootleg campsites in the vicinity.  We hope to begin work on this with the help of Dirigo High School this spring.  The Maine Trail Crew will be rebuilding a badly washed out section of the trail north of the Little Swift River Pond campsite.  The Maine Conservation Corps will be completing two projects; relocation around a deep bog near the first Bemis summit and improving the trail north and south of Route 17.

Thank you to all who volunteered in the District this year and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2015.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Mike if you notice something along the trail that needs attention.


Tom Gorrill
Baldpate District Overseer
Phone (207) 657-4249

Mike Ewing
Assistant Baldpate District Overseer
Phone (207) 841-8335