Photo Credit: Billy Fay

Walks in the Park

There's one thing all members of Friends of Baxter State Park have in common - we love to visit Baxter State Park. Our annual series of Walks in the Park offers a great way to get outside with other Baxter enthusiasts, make new friends, and explore new parts of the Park. Friends offers a range of options each year, from easy day hikes to all-day climbs and overnight camping trips. We are often able to secure great reservations for these trips - think Kidney Pond cabins on prime fall weekends. To sign up for a trip, or if you have questions, please contact Sarah Holland at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

What participants are saying:

I write to tell you how much I appreciate the FBSP-organized Walks in the Park. What a grand way to meet people who care & know about BSP, to spend time in the Park, and to learn more about the Park! Thus far, I’ve participated in weekends at South Branch, Kidney and Daicey Ponds with amiable, caring and generous FBSP members. These have been opportunities I wouldn’t have had by myself and have supplied me with treasured memories and the desire to return often to our beloved BSP. I encourage others to take advantage of these events.
      - Susan, FBSP member

2017 Walks in the Park

Please join us for a Walk in the Park this summer! We've scheduled a series of day trips and overnight adventures in Baxter State Park for our members, as well as trips in other parts of Maine. 

March 11: Kennebec Highlands snowshoe hike

We'll be exploring the 3-mile Sanders Hill loop on Saturday, March 11 from 10:00am - 2:00 pm. Meet at the Sanders Hill Trailhead on the west side of Watson Pond Road, 1.3 miles south of Route 27. Host: Andy Walsh.

June 24: Speckled Mountain day hike

Located near Lovell, Maine in the White Mountain National Forest, Speckled Mountain is 2,906 ft. in elevation and has great views to the west, north and east. We'll hike up via Bickford Brook Trail and return by way of Blueberry Ridge Trail, also with some nice views. Round trip is about 8.5 miles. Meet at the Brickett Place on Rt. 113 just south of Evans Notch at 9:00 a.m. Host: Andy Walsh

July 20 – 23: Martin Ponds & Katahdin Lake backpacking trip

On Thursday, July 20, we will hike 2.7 miles from Avalanche Field to the Martin Ponds lean-to. We will spend the afternoon and evening here, relaxing and/or paddling. Friday we will hike 1.8 miles to the North Katahdin Lake lean-to, drop our gear, and then those that wish to can hike on another 3.6 miles to Twin Ponds. We will return the 3.6 miles to North Katahdin Lake, and spend the second night here relaxing. Saturday we will hike the 1.8 miles back to Martin Ponds and enjoy this beautiful spot for another day/night, or explore the other trail connections in this area. Limit 5 participants. Cost is $10/person. Host: Marion Gray

August 12: Day hike of Katahdin via Abol Trail

After two years of hard work by the Maine Conservation Corps and BSP staff, the Abol Trail reopened in 2016. Come check out the new version of this historic route to the summit of Katahdin! Host: Paul Corrigan

September 1 – 3: South Branch Pond weekend

Enjoy two nights at South Branch Pond, with wonderful opportunities for hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and relaxing. We've rented out the entire bunkhouse with space for eight people. Cost: $24 per person. Host: Dick Klain

September 2: Day hike in South Branch Pond area

We will choose from two loop hikes based on participant interest: a journey around the Traveler Loop, or the less strenuous loop around the South Branch Ponds. Host: Dick Klain

September 14 – 17: Kidney Pond weekend

Join us for a weekend of fun at Kidney Pond this fall. We’ve rented cabins #7 and #8 with space for ten people. Cost: $75 per person. Hosts: Marion Gray and Andy Walsh

September 16: Day hike of North Brother

Join us for a climb of North Brother - a challenging hike with great views of the Klondike and the wild north side of Katahdin. Come for the day, or sign up for our Kidney Pond weekend (above). Hosts: Marion Gray and Andy Walsh

Walks in the Park can take you to some of the most spectacular locations in Baxter State Park in the company of other Friends members. Photo by Bill Bentley