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Summer Trail Projects for 2014


Dear Trail Friends:

You are cordially invited to join Baxter State Park on a volunteer trail work trip during this coming summer - 2014.

We have six projects available this summer. Please read them over and consider if any of these might fit your schedule and interests. Baxter State Park will provide all tools, safety equipment (such as hard hats, hearing and eye protection), training/supervision, and accommodations (tent sites or lean-tos) at no charge. Trail volunteers need to bring their own clothing, outdoor gear and food.

If you’re interested, please contact me in the next few weeks to get acquainted and make arrangements for these work trips. I will promptly return your call and answer any questions that you may have about our programs. I can be contacted by:

  1. Leaving a phone message at 207-723-9616 and I will call you back ASAP.
  2. Fax messages to 207-723-6381
  3. E-mail messages to Paul.Sannicandro@maine.gov

Also, check back on this site for updates on other trail maintenance projects.

Thank you for your interest in Baxter State Park's volunteer trail work projects. I look forward to confirming plans and working with you in 2014.

Sincerely,

Paul Sannicandro
Trail Supervisor
Baxter State Park

2014 Trail Projects

BSP Trail Project #1      National Trails Day

Trail Stewards Training
June 7 (Rain date June 8)
Come help the BSP Trail Crew on National Trails Day!  Learn general maintenance skills such as waterbar maintenance, corridor definition and blazing. Use lopping pruners and hand saws to define the corridor back to navigable trail standards. Clean out waterbars with rakes and shovels.  Learn basic GPS operations.  Meet trail friends and decide if you would like to take a Trail Steward maintenance assignment for 2014.

Space is limited, so sign up today! Individuals, groups, and outing clubs are encouraged to participate.  A BBQ supper will be provided following completion of the project. Camping/overnight accommodations provided at the Abol Narrows Area for the nights of June 6th and June 7th. 
 
Challenge Level = Easy to Moderate  -   Waterbar maintenance on the first half mile of the Abol Trail with corridor definition and blazing on Kidney Pond area trails.

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BSP Trail Team # 2   Alpine Trail Reconstruction – Hunt Trail - Four Dates

(1)  July 6 - 10       (2) July 13-17     (3) July 20 – 24           (4) July 27 - 31          
This project involves repairing and reconstructing erosion damaged areas and trail delineation in the Thoreau Spring area of the Hunt Trail.  Use of cable winches, crowbars, picks, and shovels to transport rock materials to the affected areas will be necessary.  Dry stone masonry skills will be utilized to place stone in the trail to arrest erosion and stabilize the treadway.  The most difficult aspect of this project is hiking to and from the work site.  Each day we’ll hike up to the worksite from Chimney Pond.  There will be a gain of 2,000 vertical feet, within a 6 mile round trip.    

All participants must be in very good physical condition and be able to climb Katahdin three (3) days in a row.

Day one of the project will be a travel day that includes a pack-in hike of 3.2 miles to the base camp at Chimney Pond Campground. Everyone must be able to carry their own food and gear. 

There is room for four (4) people for each set of dates.  Challenge Level = Most Difficult

 

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BSP Trail Team # 3  -  Howe Brook Trail

Re-route, Sidehill Bench Cut & Tread Restoration
July 14 – 17, 2014
This project involves re-routing portions of the trail that have eroded away into the brook, exposing hazardous conditions for hiking.  We’ll be re-routing segments of trail to mitigate exposure to those hazards, by cutting new corridor with pruning loppers and saws, cutting a bench into the sidehill with digging tools such as mattocks and McLeods and reinforcing the treadway with rock where appropriate.

Hike approximately 2.5 miles (5 miles roundtrip) daily to the worksite from South Branch Pond CG. Camping accommodations are located at the Trout Brook Farm Bunkhouse.    

There is room for four (4) volunteers.                        Challenge Level = Moderate to Difficult

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BSP Trail Team # 4 – General Maintenance and Corridor Definition

Two Dates – (1) July 20 – 24, 2014 and (2) July 27 – 31, 2014

Work will consist of a variety of projects on various trails in the southern end of the park, based out of the Abol Narrows Volunteer Site. Work will include brushing back vegetation to better define trail corridors, posting new signs and cleaning waterbars.  All tasks will utilize hand tools and will require the ability to push, pull, lift and bend. These projects allow us to see daily, measurable results and can be tailored for group volunteer crews such as Trail Clubs, Outing Clubs or families.  Individual volunteers are of course welcome to join us and we’ll form a team with other interested individuals for the week.

Camping accommodations will be lean-tos at the Abol Narrows Volunteer Site.  Volunteers are encouraged to car pool daily from the campsite to the various trail heads, due to limited availability of Park transportation. 

There is room for (6) six volunteers.                                      Challenge Level = Moderate

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BSP Trail Team # 5 – South Turner Mt. Trail – Erosion Control

August 24 – 28, 2014

Join our crew to stabilize the tread surface on the popular South Turner Mt. Trail.  We will use rigging cables to transport rock materials to the site as well as utilize dry stone masonry skills to anchor rock steps, rip-rap and construct waterbars.  The work will require heavy lifting, pulling, pushing and bending.  Digging tools such as shovels and mattocks will be used to excavate soils and pry bars will be used to assist with maneuvering rock materials.

Camping accommodations will be cabin tents or lean-tos at Roaring Brook Campground.  The hike from Roaring Brook to the worksite is approximately 2 miles with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet.  (4 miles roundtrip/daily)

There is room for two (2) volunteers.             Challenge Level = Moderate to Difficult

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BSP Trail Team # 6 – Sentinel Mt. Trail – Erosion Control

August 24 – 28, 2014

Overlooking Kidney Pond to the southwest stands Sentinel Mt., a popular hike with families and the first mountain hike for many children who visit the park.  From years of use and impact, there are sections of this trails that are suffering from erosion issues.  To remedy this we will use rigging cables to transport rock materials to the site for utilizing dry stone masonry skills in anchoring rock steps, rip-rap and constructing waterbars as well as digging and reinforcing drainage ditches.  The work will require heavy lifting, pulling, pushing and bending.  Digging tools such as shovels and mattocks will be used to excavate soils and pry bars will be used to assist with maneuvering rock materials.

Camping accommodations will be at the Abol Narrows Volunteer Site.

There is room for (2) two volunteers.             Challenge Level = Moderate to Difficult

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