Hundred-Mile Wilderness

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Wooden sign reading "Caution. It is 100 miles south to the nearest town at Monson. There are no places to obtain supplies or help until Monson. Do not attempt this section unless you have a minimum of 10 days supplies and are fully equipped. This is the longest wilderness section of the entire AT and its difficulty should not be underestimated. Good hiking! MATC"
Warning sign at Hundred-Mile Wilderness trailhead.

The Hundred-Mile Wilderness is the section of the Appalachian Trail running between Abol Bridge just south of Baxter State Park and Monson, Maine, USA. It is generally considered the wildest section of the Appalachian Trail,[1] and one of the most challenging to navigate and traverse. This section of the A.T. is crossed by several logging roads and is maintained by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. It consists of a small corridor of protected wilderness surrounded by large tracts of public and private land controlled by paper companies. An increasing amount of the adjoining lands are being protected by groups like the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Nature Conservancy.

In 2000, a series of new logging roads and a marked side-trail offered hikers re-supply and lodging opportunities between miles 55 and 65 heading northbound from Monson. This commercial refuge is not officially recognized by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and has been controversial since it became accessible.

Coordinates: 45°36.9′N 69°9.8′W / 45.6150°N 69.1633°W / 45.6150; -69.1633 (Hundred-Mile Wilderness)

45°19′18″N 69°30′46″W / 45.32168°N 69.51286°W / 45.32168; -69.51286 (Monson, ME) 45°20′28″N 69°31′37″W / 45.34111°N 69.52685°W / 45.34111; -69.52685 45°22′46″N 69°28′14″W / 45.37952°N 69.47046°W / 45.37952; -69.47046 45°25′01″N 69°25′13″W / 45.41705°N 69.42029°W / 45.41705; -69.42029 45°24′56″N 69°22′14″W / 45.41559°N 69.37042°W / 45.41559; -69.37042 (Barren Mountain) 45°27′36″N 69°15′21″W / 45.46013°N 69.25597°W / 45.46013; -69.25597 (Chairback Mountain) 45°28′26″N 69°17′40″W / 45.47386°N 69.29442°W / 45.47386; -69.29442 45°30′59″N 69°19′20″W / 45.51645°N 69.32219°W / 45.51645; -69.32219 45°33′17″N 69°14′45″W / 45.55468°N 69.24592°W / 45.55468; -69.24592 (White Cap Mountain) 45°34′42″N 69°13′22″W / 45.57834°N 69.22268°W / 45.57834; -69.22268 45°36′54″N 69°09′48″W / 45.61499°N 69.16334°W / 45.61499; -69.16334 45°36′57″N 69°07′45″W / 45.61581°N 69.12928°W / 45.61581; -69.12928 45°39′36″N 68°59′34″W / 45.65995°N 68.99268°W / 45.65995; -68.99268 45°43′48″N 69°05′30″W / 45.73000°N 69.09156°W / 45.73000; -69.09156 45°49′17″N 69°09′55″W / 45.82129°N 69.16519°W / 45.82129; -69.16519 45°48′22″N 69°04′57″W / 45.80601°N 69.08242°W / 45.80601; -69.08242 45°50′06″N 68°58′02″W / 45.83496°N 68.96719°W / 45.83496; -68.96719 (Abol Bridge)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bryson, Bill (December 26, 2006). A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. Anchor. p. 238. ISBN 0307279464. 

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