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  1. 2020 SoBo planners - are you reading the SoBo...

    2020 SoBo planners - are you reading the SoBo 2019 Facebook page? There's lots going on to learn from.
    First major issue so far is many folks not planning ahead for their start at Baxter. You...
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    Thruhiker count at Baxter:

    30+ NoBos, 300+ Sobos. 1st Yo-yo headed south last Thursday afternoon. 1st NoBo bubble hit Monson this weekend with 15+ in town.
  3. AT Lodge dropped off 18 SoBos this morning at...

    AT Lodge dropped off 18 SoBos this morning at Katahdin Stream!
  4. The rule of thumb for SoBos starting at Katahdin...

    The rule of thumb for SoBos starting at Katahdin is to get south of the Whites by October 1st.
    If 9/21 is the date you'd like to start hiking south, I'd suggest Gorham.
    What you might consider is...
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    If you're doing it in 5 days you'll be skipping...

    If you're doing it in 5 days you'll be skipping the first and last shelters.
  6. From the park:

    From the park:
  7. This is the first year since the 1990's a trail...

    This is the first year since the 1990's a trail up hasn't opened before June 1st!
    I'd say your safe for a summit on the 21st.
  8. From Baxter State Park: No summit trail open before 6/15.

    Just got off the phone.

    It's official:

    Trail specialist reports many Baxter trails, not just Katahdin ones, will not open before June 15th.

    Adjust your plans accordingly.
  9. From Baxter State Park: No summit trail open before 6/15.

    Just got off the phone.
    It's official:
    Trail specialist reports many Baxter trails, not just Katahdin ones, will not open before June 15th.
    Adjust your plans accordingly.
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    Starting in September, around 4 almost every...

    Starting in September, around 4 almost every afternoon, the AT Lodge's shuttle stops by the ranger's cabin at Katahdin Stream. No fee if you stay with them that night. They'll take you out to the bus...
  11. Been going on for several years, I think.

    Been going on for several years, I think.
  12. The Deeds of Trust: Nothing at all to do with...

    The Deeds of Trust: Nothing at all to do with KIW or the AMC. In the Deeds of Trust, Gov. Baxter uses 'Katahdin' almost exclusively.

    The name of the mountain is Katahdin.
  13. Gov. Baxter used 'Katahdin' almost exclusively in...

    Gov. Baxter used 'Katahdin' almost exclusively in his writings and in the Deeds of Trust.
  14. Also closed: Owl, Black Cat Mt., Horse Mt....

    Also closed: Owl, Black Cat Mt., Horse Mt. Lookout Trail, and Sandy Stream Pond Trail.

    Reminder: When Katahdin trails are closed, they are closed at the trailhead.
    So no, you can't just walk...
  15. Campgrounds open tomorrow, 5/22. Tote roads...

    Campgrounds open tomorrow, 5/22.
    Tote roads open except from Trout Brook to Foster Field.
    Off-Katahdin trails have been open to dayhiking since least week.
    Yesterday was the first time in over a...
  16. 5/21 - Baxter reports all Katahdin trails to remain closed for at least another week.

    From the Park:
  17. 5/21/2019 - Baxter reports all Katahdin trail to...

    5/21/2019 - Baxter reports all Katahdin trail to remain close for at least another week.
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    I have a few answers: 1. See above. 2. See...

    I have a few answers:
    1. See above.
    2. See above.
    3. Shaws (Monson) and AT Lodge (Millinocket do food drops. Whitehouse Landing is a sporting camp about halfway through the northern section of the...
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    You have a long way to go! I see you've...

    You have a long way to go!

    I see you've visited this:

    The Nobo’s guide to Baxter and Katahdin for 2019

    I keep it updated throughout the season, let me know if I can be of any help.
  20. 2019 traditional opening date of May 15th postponed until the 22nd

    New target date for opening some campgrounds is May 22nd.

    No SoBo should be impacted, as they are advised to plan a start date no earlier than June 1st.

    The 2019 SoBo’s Guide to Baxter and...
  21. 2019 traditional opening date of May 15th postponed until the 22nd

    May 15th campground openings are canceled, and reservations are being refunded. New target opening date is May 22nd.
  22. Indeed it is. June isn't September. June: AT...

    Indeed it is. June isn't September.
    June: AT Lodge daily drop off at 7:30ish. Usually plenty of spots for ATers. Light traffic out of the park.
    September: AT Lodge almost daily pick-up around 4....
  23. Not one you can summon from inside the Park. No...

    Not one you can summon from inside the Park. No phones, no cell signal.
  24. Campsite reservations. No reservation needed to...

    Campsite reservations. No reservation needed to climb.
    The AT Lodge shuttles SoBos in first thing in the morning. There's no afternoon shuttle back out.
    If you're staying with the Lodge, I suggest...
  25. BSP's revamped online rez system is now live.

    Baxter's online rez tool just got a major overhaul.
    If it's your first visit to Baxter, I suggest calling HQ between 8 and 4. 207-723-5140.
    If your first visit will be car camping, you may find...
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