January 10, 2014
Over a two year trial period, Baxter State Park will extend the Park camping season to October 25, 2014 and October 24, 2015, at selected sites at Daicey Pond, Katahdin Stream and Abol Campground.
- Katahdin Stream: sites 20, 9-12, 16 and 17 and the Birches
- Abol: sites 24, 18, and 9
- Daicey Pond: cabins 4, 5, 7 and 10
This trial camping season extension will allow Park management to assess the interest and use of available campsites in the latter half of October. This trial does not constitute a permanent change to the Park’s camping season, but will allow Park management to evaluate the actual visitor camping use during this period.
October can provide some of the nicest hiking weather of the year, but can also provide sudden and deadly weather, particularly above treeline on Katahdin or the Traveler Loop. The Park’s only staff fatality resulted when Ranger Ralph Heath perished in a sudden and severe snowstorm on October 29, 1963 while attempting to rescue a stranded hiker on the Knife Edge.
As with any hiking in the Park, Park Rangers advise all hikers to remember that rescue assistance can be hours or days in arriving; to be prepared for conditions and take responsibility for their own safety; set a turn-around time and stick to it; and to remember that the real goal is to return safely to the trailhead.