Maintainers Needed in the Baldpate District

Maintainers Needed in the Baldpate District

AT Sections

  1. Section 78:  Little River Pond Campsite south to unnamed high point (Piper Mtn.) 2.4 Miles  

This section has access problems but is a nice, relatively easy section to maintain.  Access is from the AT parking lot on Route 4 south of Rangeley, ME.  You then proceed southbound for 4.8 miles to the Little Swift River Campsite where the trail section begins.  It terminates at a large rock on the summit of Piper Mtn. This is a challenging section that may be best maintained over a 2-3 day camping trip over a beautiful section of the AT.

  1. Section 86:  Bemis Stream Side Trail to the Old Clearwater Brook Side Trail.  1.7 Miles.  

This section is accessed via the South Arm Road AT crossing in Andover ME.  There Is a small parking spot near the trail crossing.   A 2.4-mile hike brings you to the summit of Old Blue and then it’s a 1.5-mile hike to the start at the southern end of this section at the intersection with the Old Clearwater Brook side trail.  The section continues for another 1.7 miles to the intersection with the Bemis Stream side trail.  Views are great from the summit of Old Blue!

  1. Section 87:  Old Clearwater Brook Side Trail to summit of Old Blue: 1.5 Miles.

This section is accessed via the South Arm Road AT crossing in Andover, ME.  There is a small parking spot near the trail crossing.  A 2.4-mile hike brings you to the southern end of this section on the summit of Old Blue.  The trail continues north for 1.5 miles to the intersection with the Old Clearwater Brook side trail.  You are rewarded with great views from Old Blue!

AT Side Trails:

  1. Grafton Loop Trail:  Summit of East Baldpate on AT to East Baldpate Campsite on GLT including East Baldpate Campsite: 1.8 Miles.

This section requires a 3.7 mile hike from the AT parking lot on Route 26 in Grafton Notch State Park up to the East Baldpate summit on the AT which is also the northern end of the trail section.  You then head south down the Grafton Loop Trail (Blue Blazed) for a distance of 1.8 miles to the East Baldpate Campsite.  Views are spectacular from the summit of East Baldpate and continue as you progress down the trail.  Water and camping accommodations are very good at the campsite.

Maintenance of the East Baldpate Campsite is included with this section of trail.  The campsite includes tenting areas and a pit privy.  There is a short side trail to a stream that runs all year.

  1. Bemis Stream Side Trail:  Parking area on Bemis Road (aka Bemis Track) to a gated bridge over Bemis Stream.  Bemis Road can be accessed via Route 17 south of Rangeley, ME.  Approximately 3 Miles long.

This section used to be part of the AT but was relocated many years ago.  This section runs from Bemis Road (Dirt but very passable) to the gated bridge over Bemis Stream, a distance of approximately 3 miles.  The hike is relatively easy but there are no views to enjoy.  Water is plentiful on the trail.

  1. Bemis Stream Side Trail:  Gated bridge over Bemis Stream to the intersection with the AT.  Bemis Road can be accessed via Route 17 south of Rangeley, ME.  Approximately 3 Miles long.

This section used to be part of the AT but was relocated many years ago.  The southern end of this section starts at the gated bridge over Bemis Stream.  This requires a 3 mile hike from the parking lot on Bemis Road.  The section terminates at the intersection of tis trail with the AT, a distance of approximately 3 miles.  The climb is strenuous at times but you do get a few views on the way up to the terminus of the trail.

This would be a good 2-3 day camping trip and could be done as a loop with the AT which returns northbound back to Bemis Road, approximately 0.5 miles north of the parking spot.

Contact:

Ron Tebbetts

Manager, Baldpate District

Baldpate@MATC.org

225-276-7769

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