All Katahdin Trails Closed Until At Least December 1st
Baxter State Park announced on Wednesday that all Katahdin and Traveler trails will be closed at the trailhead through at least December 1st. “Shin-deep snow has obscured trail markings and freeze-thaw cycles have created vulnerable conditions for alpine plants and potentially unsafe conditions for hikers,” according to a Park press release.
As of today, the Park has also shut down all campgrounds, including Katahdin Stream Campground, until December 1st.
Effective immediately, hikers (including northbound Appalachian Trail thru-hikers) will be unable to summit Katahdin. The Park typically closes all Katahdin and Traveler trails in mid-October for resource protection each year.
The exact date of the trail closure varies year-to-year depending on snow and freeze-thaw conditions. Baxter shut down Katahdin trails last year on October 16th, for instance.
However, in an average year, Katahdin trails close around mid to late October. For this reason, Park officials recommend that AT thru-hikers complete their hikes no later than October 15th.
Northbound thru-hikers who are unable to reach Baxter Peak by this deadline typically choose to flip flop (skip ahead to Katahdin and hike south) instead.
Visitors can camp, snowshoe, and ski in Baxter State Park between December 1st and March 31st, including on Katahdin, although they will likely need to secure a permit to do so.
Other trails in Baxter State Park remain open at this time. Contact Baxter State Park through their Facebook page or website, or call 207-723-5140 for further updates on fall access.
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