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

2018 Walks in the Park

Speckled Mountain: May 19

Meet at the Brickett Place on Rt. 113 just south of Evans Notch at 9:00 a.m. Speckled Mtn. 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. Host: Andy Walsh

Camden Hills Day Hike: June 2

Join Marion Gray on a loop hike to the summit of Mt. Megunticook. Meet in the Maiden Cliff parking lot off of Rt. 52 in Camden at 9:00 a.m. Hikers will ascend the Ridge trail, continue across Jack Williams trail and on to the summit of Mt. Megunticook, where there are beautiful views of the ocean as well as other Camden Hill peaks.  The Ridge Trail continues across the top of the mountain and then loops back around to join where we started from.  Total distance is approx. 6.3 miles. We will watch for birds and wildflowers along the way.

Telos/Webster Canoe Trip: July 13 - 15

This little-visited, northwest corner of the park is accessible by canoe from Telos Lake via a 1 mile portage trail. Canoe carts recommended. We'll spend one night camping on Telos and then two nights at Webster Outlet, inside the park, before returning to Chamberlain Bridge. This is flat-water paddling, fit for beginners, canoes and kayaks welcome. Host: Jim Andrews

Kidney Pond Weekend: July 26 - 29

Friends reserved cabins for three nights at Kidney Pond. There will be plenty of time to hike, paddle, or relax. Cost: $75 per person for 3 nights. Host: Dick Klain (limited to 6 persons)

Katahdin Day Hike via Abol Trail: July 28

Join Paul Corrigan on a hike up the new Abol Trail to the summit of Katahdin. A strenuous and rocky hike of 6.8 miles, but well worth the effort! Please let us know if you wish to camp the night before and we’ll try to reserve space at Abol campground.

Bear Brook Weekend: August 9 - 11

Explore the east side of the Park from Bear Brook with easy trail access to Katahdin Lake, Martin Ponds, or the Roaring Brook area. Host: Sherry Langway

Nesowadnehunk to South Branch Pond: Aug. 30 - Sept. 2

This three-night backpacking trip will take participants through some of the most remote and beautiful sections of the Park, including Center Pond, Wassataquoik Lake, and Pogy Pond. The trip will cover approximately 22.6 miles, end to end. Host: Marion Gray   

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