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