In early April, there is no access to Katahdin or the Traveler Range, and limited access to other locations within Baxter State Park. Those wishing to view the April 8th solar eclipse should be aware of the seasonally restricted access and consider making alternative plans.
While the Park is open year round, access to much of the Park is completely restricted with the remainder being somewhat limited each April.
Seasonal access restrictions are the result of the Park’s primary mission of protecting natural resources, and of logistical difficulties for access to wilderness areas in northern Maine at this time of year.
The conditions on the day of the eclipse (e.g., snow depth and coverage, lake ice depth, seasonal road conditions) will only be reliably predictable about two weeks in advance of that day.
We recommend that those interested in viewing the solar eclipse in the Katahdin Region seek viewing locations that are outside of the Park.
As we approach the construction phase of this exciting project, we’d like to remind our visitors in advance of the opening of summer reservations that the Daicey Pond Campground will be closed for camping from May 2024 to April 2025 to repair the cabins for continued public use.
Hikers entering the park along the Appalachian Trail should be aware that the boardwalk and bridge structure crossing the Grassy Pond Outlet, approximately 0.5 mile south of Katahdin Stream Campground, has been damaged during recent flooding events. While the structure is still in place, it is unstable and crossing it is not recommended. A temporary reroute is planned and will be marked by Park staff with orange flagging, but the reroute will still require an unstable water crossing. Hikers who wish to avoid the risk of an open water crossing should utilize the Blueberry Ledges Trail that travels ~4.0 miles from Abol Bridge Parking Area to the Birches. Repairs expected in early summer 2024.
Following the recent heavy winds and rain, the mountain lost a lot of its early season snow.
Waterbodies are not fully frozen over.
Portions of the Appalachian Trail in the southern end of the Park (including the AT kiosk area at Abol Bridge) are flooded due to water being released from a dam upstream on the West Branch of the Penobscot River.
Our Katahdin and traveler loop trails remain closed at the trailhead until further notice.
Visitors can expect some road and trail washouts, blowdown trees, and wet (or sometimes snowy/icy) trails. Please check back for updated conditions, and change your plans accordingly if necessary. We want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe experience when visiting the Park!
All Katahdin and Traveler Ridge trails are closed at the trailheads until further notice due to wet conditions. Visitors should be prepared for wet conditions and blowdown trees on other trails throughout the Park. Park gates remain closed to vehicular traffic for the season.