Showing posts from June, 2010

Mount Katahdin, ME

Location: northwest of Millinocket, Maine
Dates: 17 September 2008
           5 September 2009
           25 June 2010
Summit elevation: 5268 ft (1605 m)

Mount Katahdin is the highest point in Maine, and is a very large and fairly isolated mountain that towers around the surrounding landscape. The mountain is in Baxter State Park near Millinocket in remote, but fairly accessible northern Maine. The park has several regulations you should read about on their website before visiting the park. Katahdin has three peaks: Baxter, Pamola, and Hamlin (in order of elevation). There are three primary trailheads with campgrounds and varying distances and elevation gain to the summit.

Abol Campground
The hike from the Abol Campground and trailhead is the shortest (3.8 miles one way) and has only about 3870 ft in elevation gain. This is the route of choice for people who want the shortest hike and to simply reach the summit. I have never taken this route but it approaches the summit from the south…

Quoddy Head State Park

Location: south of Lubec, Maine
Date: 7 June 2010

Quoddy Head State Park encompasses the easternmost point in the United States outside of Alaska. The park is located in Downeast Maine along the Bay of Fundy near the border with New Brunswick. It is also the closest point in all 50 states to both Europe and Africa.

Situated near the easternmost point is the West Quoddy Head Light. Constructed in 1858 it is only one of two lighthouses in the U.S. with red and white stripes, and was the first to be equipped with a fog bell.

A small rock monument marks the the area as the easternmost point, however the true easternmost point is Sail Rock, a tiny island (basically a rock) in the bay. Only for a few weeks around the vernal and autumnal equinoxes Quoddy Point is the first place in the U.S. to see sunrise.

The park has five miles of hiking trails that can be hiked as a loop and are well worth the visit. One half of the loop follows the rocky shore along the 100+ ft cliffs while the other hal…