Fueled by my previous hike where I completed a section of the Appalachian Trail, I headed to western Maine to do the same. In my mind I was going to take a few hours to trail run from the AT trailhead to Baldpate Mountain and back. It would complete another small section of the Appalachian Trail. In reality it took me nearly those two hours to do the first climb, Surplus Mountain, and I sucked down all of my water in the process. I still completed a small section, but now I’ll have to return to connect the in-between.
At the trail head I met a Native American AT thru hiker, True North, and his dog. He was keeping an eye out for a reportedly sick thru hiker, Mango, to give him a ride to town. I told him I’d keep an eye out for him, but I didn’t come across Mango during my run.
- Parked at Dunn Falls Trail parking on Andover Road in Newry, ME
- Ran south on Appalachian Trail until near the summit of Surplus Mountain
- Bushwhacked to the summit of Surplus Mountain and back
- Left on Appalachian Trail back to parked car
Date: 19 July 2020
Distance: 7.9 miles
Moving Time: 02:47:35
Elevation Gain: 2151′