Hundred Mile Wilderness
I've spent the past two weeks, heads down, planning my section hikes for this year starting in late April and running through November. This year, I'll be shooting to finish the remaining 400 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) that I have left in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
For you married folks, the first phase of my annual trip planning ritual is to make sure that my proposed trip dates are acceptable to my spouse. I avoid proposing multiday trips during national holidays or more than one trip a month because they're usually turned down.
Backpacking Trip Planning
Now that my wife has approved my trip dates, I'm working on more detailed trip plans, contingencies, and shuttle options. It's funny, I plan out how to get to the trail and how to get back in enormous detail, but when I'm hiking, I mostly wing the day-to-day logistics except for hitting my minimum mileage goals.
I'm particularly excited about one of my trips this year which will be 9 days long and a 130 miles in length. I'll be hiking through an extremely remote section of the AT called The Hundred Mile Wilderness. This area is heavily wooded and full of lakes, ponds, and streams. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful stretches of the Appalachian Trail, but there are no maintained roads that cross its path, so you need to carry all of your food with you.
Once I complete this section, I'll come to the border of Baxter State Park, home of Mt. Katahdin (5,267 ft), the highest mountain in the state of Maine. It's a 15 mile hike including a very steep climb up to the summit of Katahdin, which is the northern terminus of the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail. After that, I'll hike back to the park border where I plan to stash a car, so I can drive the 300 miles home. I have a feeling that this hike is going to be an incredible experience.
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