There are only six opportunities left for becoming involved in this exciting aspect of caring for the Appalachian Trail in Maine. For information about corridor monitoring and field training sessions, visit the MATC website at www.matc.org or contact me (Dave Field) at (207) 862-3674, firstname.lastname@example.org. You must participate in a field training session before an assignment will be made permanent. If you are unable to join a group session, I will make arrangements to train you on your own section. Note: The mileages given for each section are the distances along the boundary lines on each side of the corridor that a corridor monitor would need to walk to cover that section. For assignments on State-owned land, there are no surveyed boundary lines and monitoring is generally done by walking along the A.T. and observing the surroundings.
Open Corridor Monitoring Assignments
- Section 15. East Branch Pleasant River to West Branch Ponds Road. This accessible (over somewhat rough road) section involves no climbs and includes 3.1 miles of boundary line. Very pleasant valley between White Cap Mt. and the Boardman mountains.
- Section 20. The Gulf Hagas Preserve. This very accessible section with 3.8 miles of boundary line is once more available for assignment.
- Section 59b. Eddy Pond Road to Highway 4. This newly available section includes 3.2 miles of boundary line along mostly easy terrain with a few challenging sections. Access begins right at the A.T. parking lot on Route 4 south of Rangeley and the section can also be reached on the old Beech Hill Road.
- Section 60. Highway 4 to Little Swift River Pond. This is a long section (7.53 miles of blazed corridor lines) but covers generally gentle terrain and has been well-cared for for years by Jonathan Ellis, assisted by Laura Flight. Access begins right at the A.T. parking lot on Route 4 south of Rangeley.
- Section 64. Bemis Stream Trail to Former Clearwater Brook Trail. This assignment involves 4.2 miles of surveyed boundary lines over rugged Elephant Mountain and along the sides of Bemis Mountain. It is very accessible from the southerly end if you can drive over a slightly rough gravel road and from the northerly end via a hike over the Bemis Stream Trail.
- Section 65. Former Clearwater Brook Trail to South Arm Road. This section begins at the bottom of the saddle between Old Blue and Elephant mountains, runs up over old blue and down into Black Brook Notch. Excellent access at the South Arm Road and an easy walk into the other end if you have a vehicle that can go over a slightly rough gravel road. The assignment includes 6.5 miles of surveyed boundary lines.