Want to give back some of your time?
Are you looking to get more involved with the trail?
Whatever your reasons, the White Cap District has two trail sections in need of volunteer maintainers.
A trail maintainer is primarily concerned with clearing blowdowns, cutting back brush, painting blazes and clearing water bars. Most maintainers with a couple of mile section find they can do reasonable job if they spend 2-3 days on trail work each hiking season. The club provides a maintenance handbook and field guide as well as on site training. Access to the maintainer trails usually doesn’t require a special car or truck. Chainsaw certification is not a requirement either although the club provides chainsaw training if desired. The current opening is:
Section 28a- From Wilson Stream south to the gravel road by the beaver pond 0.35 miles north of Little Wilson Stream. The total distance is 2.4 miles. The total elevation gain is about 500 feet. This is a very picturesque section following Wilson Stream for more than a 1/2 mile before climbing Big Wilson Cliffs. This section is nearly Jim Whyte’s lookout. You can read more in Jeff Ryan’s 2019 book Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte.
Section 28b- From Wilson Stream south to the gravel road by the beaver pond 0.35 miles north of Little Wilson Stream. From the gravel road by the beaver pond .35 north of Little Wilson Stream to Little Wilson Falls. This section includes the side trail to the old Warden’s campsite off the Elliotsville Road. Total length including the side trail is 1.75 miles. The total Elevation gain is about 450 feet. This section ends at Little Wilson Falls, the highest falls on the AT in Maine.
Come join a unique group of dedicated club maintainers and spend a couple of days a summer helping to preserve an important part of Maine. Personalized training will get you started with a rewarding experience. If interested or if you want more information, please contact:
Dick Welsh or Brad Deane – White Cap District
508.954.1235 or 207.232.1735