Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #146 - September 22, 2003
7:45 PM - Woke at Pierce Pond to the laughing & singing
of loons down on the lake. We could see in the light of day that
the scenery was just like being back in Minnesota.
Got to Kennebec River a little after 9 and were
on of the first to cross in the canoe ferry. The river was huge,
and pretty deep where we crossed - at least 10 feet, I'd think.
We heard later that Sherpa forded it after us. The water was up
to his chest where he crossed & he carried his pack over his
head. Probably not the smartest thing to do!
Once at the road we caught a ride to the store
a mile down only to find it was closed. The lady driving us brought
us down to the next spot - a lodge called Northern Outdoors. There
was no store, but a restaurant where we had a great breakfast.
From there we had to find another ride 5 miles farther to the general
store. It took awhile, but we made it. We resupplied & caught
a ride back to the trail. Did just 6 miles to the first shelter
- Pleasant Pond. The shelter sucks, but we're tenting. There's
a trail down to the lake, which is nice. Lots of cabins. Looks
like home, but we're so far away.
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Kennebec River Crossing
The canoe ferry is the legit (officially
sanctioned) way to cross the Kennebec River for Appalachian
Trail thru-hikers. Fording this wide river is not recommended.
Water levels can change rapidly due to the hydroelectric
plant. Floating logs and other river debris are also a danger,
as in any and all river crossings. Do not attempt to ford!
Take a load off and grab a paddle!
Kennebec River Ferry Info
Northern Outdoors Lodge
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