Our plan is to hike 3-4 days on a loop trail towards Baxter Peak. We had 2 kids ages 6 and 10 along and wanted them to enjoy it without pushing for long mileage days. We would head for Russell pond for our first night.
The trail heading toward Russell Pond.
Katahdin from Abol Bridge Campground.
The trail out to Russell Pond was pleasant and easy, the woods were deep and mossy, we kept an eye out for bear and moose, but didn’t see any. It was about 7.2 miles to our first hut at Russell Pond, we crossed Wassataquoik stream barefoot and hoping we wouldn’t slip and fall, the water was frigid and fast moving.
At Russel Pond,we rented canoes to paddle around, at only a dollar an hour! We paddled across to check in at the ranger station. Then stayed out awhile paddling around the pond.
Our hut was 3 sided, we set up our tent to keep away the mosquitoes. The pond was close by just in front and the bear poles were behind the hut. We got a fire going in the fire ring, making it seem so cozy.
This was our view from close by the hut, the kids spent a lot of time playing on the pier here. The water was very shallow.
Wassataquoik stream was very slippery when we crossed it again heading towards Davis Pond the next day, we had to keep an eye on the blazes to stay on trail, once the trail followed a stream bed uphill for a bit and even along a creek, a few places were very muddy. It got very steep and we had to pull ourselves up holding onto roots and trees.
This place was awesome, it was like a bowl, the mountains surrounding us, the trees were short and scrubby. After this the trail went downhill to the hut at Davis Pond. Where a cute red squirrel lived, he was very bold and came right up to us.
The next morning was very foggy at Davis Pond. We got an early start as we had a lot of climbing ahead, the trail was very steep and the woods so dark and covered with moss. Once again we were pulling ourselves up holding onto whatever we could grab!
Once we were over the rock scramble, we were above treeline, wow! It was foggy and so surreal! We followed the Northwest Basin trail and met no one else until we were close to the Saddle Trail.
The rock scramble
The view from above saddle trail, looking down on Chimney Pond. The trail was rocky and well worn here from all the people, up to the Saddle Trail, we didn’t see many people and the trail wasn’t as worn.
Chimney Pond down below, so tiny.