Baxter State Park announces Katahdin’s Abol Trail closed this season

This morning, Baxter State Park Authority announced that Abol Trail on Katahdin is closed for the 2014 season due to landslide activity that has resulted in dangerous hiking conditions.

For the full story, which I wrote after this quick blog, click here! (As in, stop reading this post. Right now. Because I have much more information in the extended story.)

Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki. Mount Katahdin as seen from Chimney Pond.

Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki. Mount Katahdin as seen from Chimney Pond.

However, Katahdin’s Hunt, Knife Edge and Helon Taylor Trails are now open, according to a notice posted on June 5 on the Baxter State Park Authority website. All trails to and out of Chimney Pond remain closed for the time being.

The Park Tote Road is now open from Togue Pond Gate to approximately 5 miles north of Nesowadnehunk Field and from Matagamon Gate to Trout Brook Crossing. The South Branch Pond and Roaring Brook Roads are open. All Park Campgrounds except Chimney Pond are open. And the Traveler Loop is open. 

Blackflies are active and plentiful, park authority cautions. For more updates, follow the Baxter State Park Authority on Facebook at


Aislinn Sarnacki

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Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at