ALL POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED – 8/6/20
Below are the vacancies for the Baldpate District– The Baldpate District starts at Route 26 and extends northward to Route 4. It also includes the Grafton Loop Trail east of Route 26.
Sawyer Notch Road to Summit of Moody Mountain: This section is 1.4 miles long but it rises 1200 feet in that span. It is a mix of boulders and spruce fir with some patched of hardwoods. Annual clipping and blowdowns are the typical maintenance tasks. 2 visits minimum.Access is via a woods road (most Subarus can make it) and a short 1+ mile walk to the AT crossing. Sawyer does have a notorious reputation. You can become one with the wild side of the AT maintaining this section of the AT in Maine. Eligible candidate must be in good physical condition and capable of carrying 30 lbs 5-6 miles up the trail and with 1200+ feet of elevation gain.
Grafton Loop Trail, Kelliher Road to Summit of Long Mountain: This section starts at the end of a woods rd and climbs 3 miles through mixed hardwoods gradually emerging into a more spruce dominant forest near the 3000’ summit ridge. Blowdowns and lopping are the primary tasks and there are a few waterbars and drains to maintain.Access is via the Branch Rd in Newry to the so-called Skyline Drive to the Kelliher Road.Eligible candidates should be in good physical condition and be prepared to do at least 2 visits per year.
Grafton Loop Trail, Long Mountain to East Branch Wight Brook/Wight Brook to Lane Campsite/Lane Campsite to East Baldpate Campsite:This section is complicated. It consists of 3 formerly separate sections 2.6/1.1/1.8 miles respectively for a total of 5.5 miles total length but has the 3 mile approach from Kelliher Rd for RT of 17 miles. I recommend this section for a group of individuals interested in staying overnight to remove blowdowns and annual growth etc. Due to the long ‘commute’ I would feel OK with a group going in twice a year for a 2-3 night stay, working the Lane and Town Corner campsites and privies and the sections in between. From Lane to East Baldpate it is known to be very brushy.Would consider other options like rotating group of Camps or Outdoor Organizations as well as providing a tool cache at the Lane Campsite so it could serve as a base camp for interested groups.