This is partly to contend with the crowds as it is mid summer also doubles as peak hiking season in many areas of the country. Heres my story about my solo hike in baxter state park the traveler loop.
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The traveler loopadd map link is combination of four trails that provides an extended hike of more than 10 miles that includes a three major peaks and extending hiking above treeline.
Traveler loop baxter state park. Traveler mountain loop in baxter state park. South branch pond is the parks largest campground and is popular with families who return year after year. I had heard such tremendous things about maines baxter state park bsp and the traveler mountain loop hike in the northern part of the park that i really had no choice but to head up north and see for myself.
Baxter state park like acadia national park is a treasure of the state of maine. Traveler loop hike baxter state park north traveler mountain 3152 as seen from the south branch campground. On the northern end of baxter state park there is a beautiful mountain range that towers around the south branch ponds.
Baxter state park traveler loop and mount katahdin june 2014 trip report weekend day hikes baxter state park june 28 29 2014 this was an impromptu weekend trip well as impromptu as you can get considering that its a 7 hour drive with a border crossing. Day hike notes baxter state park the traveler loop descending from north traveler mountain the first of what i hope will be 3 4 posts covering four hikes plus a short backpack in baxter state park maine earlier this month. The trailhead for the traveler loop is south branch pond campground.
Day 5 upper south branch pond lean to to south branch pond lean to 2 via traveler loop 97 miles big day on a tough loop hike in the northern part of baxter state park. The campground provides trail access to local ponds in the fowler region as well as day hikes on south branch mountain and north traveler and the very challenging traveler loop trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking trail running camping and backpacking and is best used from april until october.
Although the lower elevations offer dense vegetation the upper portions of the range have been burned. Usually when planning a hike in the middle of july scheduling an early start is a good idea. The miles today were either pushing up in elevation or depending on my hiking poles to brake on the steep descents.
This is not the case on the traveler mountain loop in maines baxter state. I didnt start spending any quality time in baxter state park until i was in my 30s i was obsessed with acadia in my 20s and have been making up for lost time any chance i get. North traveler mountain trail to pogy notch trail loop is a 95 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near millinocket maine that features a lake and is rated as difficult.
This campground is best reached via the matagamon gate at the northeast corner of the park.
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