MILLINOCKET, Maine — Although winter has now departed from most of Maine, snow and ice are still plentiful around Mount Katahdin. Park roads are still covered in some areas and park officials anticipate that access to some roadside campgrounds may be delayed until after the normal May 15 opening date.
The park’s highest backcountry campground, Chimney Pond at an elevation of 2,914 feet, normally opens June 1, but deep snow may also delay that opening as well.
The park will be continuing its Day Use Parking Reservation System in 2011. Visitors wishing to climb Katahdin from trailheads at Roaring Brook, Abol and Katahdin Stream Campground can secure a parking reservation for the trailhead of their choice either online through the park’s website or by calling 723-3877.
Campers wishing to camp in the park within two weeks can now make their reservation online through the park’s website at baxterstateparkauthority.com. During the first year trial of this system, online reservations are limited to one site at any roadside campground. Camping fees for backcountry campsites have been reduced to $20 per site per night.
Park hiking trails are closed to hiking until snowmelt is complete. Park Rangers are checking trail conditions regularly, and trails will be opened as soon as conditions permit.
Park officials also remind campers not to bring firewood into the park to protect against invasive destructive insects such as the emerald ash borer and the European longhorned beetle.
Check the park’s website or 723-5140 for current information on camping and trail conditions.