Baxter State Park – Katahdin
Enjoyed three nights at Baxter State park at Daicey Pond at the Owl’s Nest (cabin #1).
The original goal was to climb Mt. Katahdin, but we were reduced numbers in the morning and the heat & humidity affect our time going up to Chimney pond. Once we approached the Saddle slide, rain started to fall and we decided to turn back. This ended up being a 3.5 hour hike in the rain. This made our decision to turn around a good one.
However, there was lots to do at camp, the AT trail ran behind the cabin and canoe rentals were the main activities.
The park itself is a true wilderness area, not really part of the state park system. The park has no facilities, no running water and you have to pack out your trash. These limitations means that true outdoors people come to the park and what you see the respect they give to the wilderness.
A couple of us decided to explore the trails around out cabin. This lead us to the Appalachian Trail and on to Little Niagara Falls. Maine is a beautiful state and the scenery in the park is awesome. It was pretty great to walk a short distance on the AT and think about all those thru-hikers in the home stretch.
We stayed in cabin 1 which was called Owl’s Nest. The campground was super enjoyable with trails to hike, lake to fish, canoe and swim in and of course the view. The cabin is quite rustic with no electricity or water and pit toilets. We had to planned to summit Mt. Katahdin and everything was going good until just past Chimney Pond when we ran into rain. We managed to get to Saddle Slide but had to turn back.