Baxter Part 2 – Martin Ponds & Katahdin Lake

Baxter Part 2 – Martin Ponds & Katahdin Lake

20 pics and darn little babbling about a very relaxing, three night visit to an easy to reach, quiet part of Maine’s Baxter State Park. After two nights at Chimney Pond and a visit to Baxter and Hamlin peaks we were ready to relax on some flat trails.

Sandy Stream, mid crossing via frame capture from video. Seems the bridge, like many others in the park, did not survive the floods.

This was our first real, boots off water crossing in some time. Since we weren’t in any hurry it was fun. On the way out, racing for cheeseburgers it was a bit more trouble 😉

Martin Ponds LT is on a small rise just off the first of the two ponds along the trail. We have seen a moose here before, but no luck this year.

Lots of amazing views though. This site has one of the best views of the sunset behind the mountains.

Those are bugs, not dragons you see against the sky. We had lots of bugs, birds and frogs, but no loons. Such a peaceful spot it was hard to leave the next day.

We got over it though! North Katahdin Lake LT hasn’t got the same feeling to the campsite, but it does have a pretty darn nice front yard.

The views of the peaks and bowls of the mountains are fantastic from out on the water.

Pretty nice from the shore as well!

Pardon me while I play with my zoom 🙂 Can you tell I carried the heavy camera on this trip?

Our lunch spot, on a rock, on an island, at the far end of the lake, was perfect. We had the entire lake to ourselves and tried not to interrupt the silence too much.

This got us making some “oooooooo” noises though! We’d seen this eagle near the island earlier in the day from a distance. Then we spotted him again while paddling back towards camp.

Again I was happy I had the heavy camera. This was taken with big zoom from the back of a bobbing canoe.

Again, the camera gets all the credit heh. This was taken by zooming through 50 yards of trees while I was sitting in camp. Well, I guess I get some credit for the manual focus. Poor computer saw nothing but trees 🙂

Last night of the first week meant we had to put the canoe away. Just as well because we realized the newly arrived neighbors at the far end of the lake were the sort you could hear from a distance.

No matter, we had plans to leave early the next day. A small window of time to pick up supplies and the little one from camp for a family zero day at a cabin. We’ll pick up the Baxter extravaganza with the final, six day section on the Wassataquoik Lake Trail in a few days…maybe. Might be on trail next week 🙂

Katahdin – Two Night Chimney Pond with Bonus Hamlin Descent

Katahdin – Two Night Chimney Pond with Bonus Hamlin Descent

25 pics and some babbling from the 1st section of an amazing, two week, Baxter State Park extravaganza. Hope you enjoy. I know we did!

With our not so little any more hootah tucked away at Girl Scout camp we got a late start heading up to Chimney Pond from Roaring Brook. Thankfully a gully washer of a storm had come through a few hours earlier and dropped the temperature about 20° so we enjoyed the fast hike more than expected.

We didn’t have much time to enjoy the pond views so soaked up what we could while bagging water for dinner.

We were the first folks signed out the next morning and didn’t see another human until we reached the summit. Pamola had done his worst the day before and appeared content to let us climb so we did.

First through the low scrub with views of the ridges at times.

Popping our heads out at times to look back where we’d started. If you follow my finger you can just make out a small shiny spot in the shadow of Pamola which is Chimney Pond.

Yup, some climbing in there! The Saddle Trail is the easy way up heh.

Now we just needed to climb the rest of the mountain. This part seems easy after the Saddle ascent, but the air has less air in it and the rocks are rocky.

Our faithful companion and mascot for the two weeks, Huskie Dog! Often known to say “Arrooo?” he was howling with the call of the wild on making his first summit a visit to the Greatest Mountain.

We were pretty excited too, but kept our voices down out of respect for the gathering crowd.

We were glad we’d gotten an early start and reached the summit by 10am or so. A steady stream of arrivals turned into a torrent and we fled back towards the tablelands after less than an hour at the peak.

The last patch of snow near the top of the Saddle. They didn’t open the Saddle Trail until early July this year due to snow.

We had Hamlin Peak all to ourselves other than a few folks celebrating briefly at the summit sign. A long lunch was enjoyed as were some amazing views.

This is looking back up the Hamlin Ridge Trail after we’d come down a bit. We had some regrets about not taking the shorter route back to Chimney Pond, but decided those were better than the regrets we’d have had if we’d missed out on coming this way.

Alpenglow lighting up Pamola and the Knife Edge was a wonderful way to end an amazing day. Despite tired feet Frau Stranger ran down to the pond to experience it while I settled for camera zoom from the bear line.

Such a great trip! Wait, that was just the appetizer. The next day meant phase one was over, but also the start of the next leg of the extravaganza! More on that in a few days 🙂

First 4 Days SOBO on the Cohos Videos

Was off to a nice start when two 85° days almost killed me. I tried not to take it personally. Spent a few days at home recovering with my family and putting these videos together. Much easier at home than on the phone 😉

Enjoy these for now; six vids in the playlist, four on trail and two since. I’m headed back to pick up the trail soon. Should be posting more video in a few weeks, either of the rest of the trail or the volcano explosion depending on how things go.

Family Overnight on the Cohos – Panorama Shelter

Snuck in a quick family outing before heading out for a solo Cohos SOBO thru which is coming up soon. Not much service up there so I don’t expect to post updates from the trail 🙂 Enjoy this for now and I’ll post when I can. There are rumors I might even see the sun on a few days this time!

Atlas Spindrift Review Published on Trailspace

Stomped around in these all winter. Found them fun on gentle terrain and really fun in the mountains. Seeing some end of season deals on them out there.

Atlas Spindrift Review

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