Maintainer Openings – White Cap District

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 a trail section in need of a volunteer maintainer. 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 […]

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Bald Mountain Pond

Bald Mountain Pond Now Protected!

We have some BIG news to share. One of the Appalachian Trail’s most iconic stretches is now permanently protected.  Cold, clear Bald Mountain Pond in Northern Maine welcomes paddlers and anglers from across the country. Hikers on the Appalachian Trail skirt the far shore, threading through century-old forests, taking in views of Mount Katahdin, and bedding down for a night in the sturdy hikers’ shelter just a few steps from the pond’s banks. Many thru-hikers even call reaching this spot the highlight of their journey.  The timber companies that once owned the pond and the surrounding forest historically allowed recreational access […]

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Appalachian Trail Guide in Maine

For Sale at the MATC On-line Store Book and 7 maps:$24.00 MATC Members (20% discount)$30.00 Non-members Book with no maps: $12.00 MATC Members. (20% discount)$15.00 Non-members The Maine edition covers 282 miles from Katahdin in Baxter State Park to the New Hampshire state line in one planning guide and seven water- and tear-resistant maps. The pocket-sized planning guide contains background information, points of interest, and road-access directions. Each map is focused on the Appalachian Trail and overlaps with the neighboring maps. The surrounding area and additional side trails are also included. An easy-to-use elevation profile shows the ups and downs […]

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Submit a Trail Report

Did you observe a maintenance or issue on trail while hiking the AT in Maine? Please send MATC a Trail Report providing details and a photo if available regarding an issue or maintenance need on the Maine AT. We will send your report on to our district overseers. You can also view current submitted Trail Reports. Thanks for your help. Report Trail maintenance needs to MATC

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Long-Time MATC Volunteer Featured in ATC Blog

ATC’s blog post from July 28 tells the story of a day in the life of an A.T. volunteer; getting up early on a day off to move rocks, cut brush, and swat bugs. All for a whopping paycheck with lots of zeros, including a leading zero… But the rewards are tremendous and have lasting impacts. Featured in the ATC blog post is MATC legend Dave Field; he’s been maintaining and protecting the A.T. for over 50 years! Be sure to scroll down the page to read about Dave, and watch the “myATstory” short film on his lifetime of efforts!

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June 16, 2020 Update on A.T. Closures and Conditions

From Appalachian Trail Conservancy Bulletin 6/16/2020 With more states relaxing stay-at-home restrictions and more sections of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) reopening, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is due for a check-in with the hiking community and wanted to provide the latest status update for the A.T. As of today, all but 5.2 miles of the A.T. have re-opened, leaving only the northernmost A.T. miles on Katahdin closed (which is expected to open July 1). In our previous email, we listed three criteria any one of which, if met, would cause the ATC to re-evaluate its guidance. We are close to meeting one […]

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