Photo Credit: Ken Jordan

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

Date TBD in August: Day hike of Katahdin via Abol Trail

Date and other details to be announced. Host: Paul Corrigan

Dates TBD in September: Kidney Pond weekend

Date and other details to be announced.

Date TBD in September: Day hike of North Brother

Date and other details to be announced. Hike will be coordinated with the Kidney Pond weekend.

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

Details to be announced.

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