Appalachian Trail: Jo-Mary Road to Mount Katahdin

This 53.2-mile section is wild and remote, stringing together the 100-Mile Wilderness to Mount Katahdin, the highest point in Maine and the northern-most point on the Appalachian Trail.
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This 53.2-mile section is wild and remote, stringing together the 100-Mile Wilderness to Mount Katahdin, the highest point in Maine and the northern-most point on the Appalachian Trail.

Shelters: Potaywadjo Spring Lean-to; sleeps 8. Wadleigh Stream Lean-to; sleeps 6. Rainbow Stream Lean-to; sleeps 6. Hurd Brook Lean-to; sleeps 6.

TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From Millinocket, ME, take ME 11 south 15.5 miles to Jo Mary Lake Rd. Turn right and take Jo Mary Lake Rd. 11.6 miles to trailhead.
End: From Millinocket, ME, take Bates St. north (Bates turns into Millinocket Rd. and Golden Rd.) 12.6 miles. Bear right onto Debsconeag Rd. for .4 mile, then turn right onto Baxter Park Rd. Turn left on Park Tote Rd. and drive 8 miles to trailhead in Katahdin Stream Campground parking lot.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 85.1

Waypoints

WPT008

Location: 45.840984, -68.977066

Streamlet

WPT002

Location: 45.895935, -68.984467

Owl Trail

WPT009

Location: 45.841835, -68.98317

Foss and Knowlton stream

WPT012

Location: 45.653915, -69.009865

Blue-blazed to Cooper Pond

WPT018

Location: 45.882416, -69.031486

Parking; road to Daicey Pond and Campground

WPT008

Location: 45.812168, -69.09417

Rainbow Lake

WPT021

Location: 45.685833, -69.012718

Trail to Sand Beach

WPT005

Location: 45.839401, -68.964851

ABOL POND TR/KIOSK for the Birches sign up and park use 0132 0134 0135 0133

WPT022

Location: 45.773449, -69.185097

Trail to viewpoint

WPT007

Location: 45.898232, -68.936584

Baxer Peak Cut-off; Thoreau Spring

WPT014

Location: 45.869133, -69.036484

Trail to Big Niagara Falls (.1 mi.)

WPT010

Location: 45.841667, -68.99028

Gravel road; private home

WPT019

Location: 45.685417, -69.01992

Beaches around lake

WPT010

Location: 45.902065, -68.916618

South Peak; retrace steps back to Katahdin Stream Campground

WPT016

Location: 45.746948, -69.144447

Wadleigh Stream Lean-to

WPT006

Location: 45.900017, -68.946785

Tableland

WPT025

Location: 45.784267, -69.162369

Stream

WPT007

Location: 45.735451, -69.05468

Trail to Nahmakanta Stream Campsite (100 feet)

WPT001

Location: 45.799015, -69.170281

Rainbow Stream Lean-to

WPT011

Location: 45.737232, -69.107902

Nahmakanta Lake Beach

WPT002

Location: 45.8022, -69.169769

Red blaze trail

WPT025

Location: 45.890865, -69.010033

AT turns E on gravel road; Perimeter Rd.

WPT010

Location: 45.810184, -69.067314

Stream

WPT023

Location: 45.779449, -69.172737

AT crosses bridge on road over Pollywog Stream

WPT012

Location: 45.887516, -68.99865

Ranger Station to register for the Birches Shelter and to get the latest weather and class information

WPT002

Location: 45.835152, -68.95903

AT turns W off Golden Rd.

WPT029

Location: 45.731133, -69.028069

Maher Trail/Maher Tote Road to White House Landing; Take this road and the Blue-blazed trail to White House Landing, a popular resupply spot for hikers through the 100-mile wilderness. Blow the horn only during daylight hours to be picked up.

WPT015

Location: 45.746052, -69.142136

Wadleigh Stream

WPT017

Location: 45.835434, -68.971367

AT turns E on road, Golden Road

WPT003

Location: 45.817917, -69.16375

Trail to Rainbow Lake Dam; excellent view of Katahdin

WPT028

Location: 45.729633, -69.027634

Road

WPT023

Location: 45.706768, -69.007347

Potaywadjo Spring Lean-to

WPT013

Location: 45.653999, -69.009384

Road

WPT026

Location: 45.713085, -69.011864

Twitchell Brook

WPT011

Location: 45.849033, -69.020554

Waterfall

WPT010

Location: 45.737049, -69.107246

Picnic Area

WPT005

Location: 45.895599, -68.968247

Small stream. Caution: AT does the switchback loop. The path straight ahead is the old AT; watch carefully for blazes.

WPT022

Location: 45.885467, -69.018181

Elbow Pond

WPT009

Location: 45.805866, -69.082115

Trail to Big Beaver Pond

ZZZ011

Location: 45.651016, -69.031799

Jo-Mary Road

WPT020

Location: 45.763248, -69.175385

Road

WPT013

Location: 45.859467, -69.032349

Indian Pitch

WPT007

Location: 45.838501, -68.969414

Foss and Knowlton Trail

WPT024

Location: 45.781265, -69.164116

Chute-like Falls

WPT005

Location: 45.734215, -69.036667

High-water route

WPT017

Location: 45.756302, -69.159554

Gorge

WPT013

Location: 45.736767, -69.121735

Prentiss Brook

WPT023

Location: 45.886868, -69.015068

Grassy Pond TR

WPT019

Location: 45.881599, -69.030067

Daicey Pond

WPT024

Location: 45.888634, -69.012634

Elbow Pond outlet

WPT020

Location: 45.882916, -69.024582

Grassy Pond Loop Trail

WPT004

Location: 45.733532, -69.034065

High-water route .2 mi. rejoins at WPT005

WPT020

Location: 45.686565, -69.016098

Potaywadjo Ridge Trail .9 mi.

WPT018

Location: 45.678001, -69.00428

Antlers Campsite; Lower Jo Mary Lake

WPT006

Location: 45.838818, -68.969017

Katahdin Stream

WPT025

Location: 45.709015, -69.011597

road

WPT008

Location: 45.904449, -68.921417

Baxter Peak; Northern AT Terminus

WPT016

Location: 45.872833, -69.038117

Trail to Toll Dam 15 ft.

WPT018

Location: 45.83535, -68.967369

Abol Bridge

WPT011

Location: 45.897884, -68.956566

Begin the Gateway a difficult section of trail requiring some steep scrambling

WPY026

Location: 45.885841, -69.000183

AT turns W at sign for Katahdin Stream Campground

WPT021

Location: 45.770084, -69.1782

Crescent Pond

WPT014

Location: 45.818352, -69.018654

50 feet on AT N of Hurd Brook Lean-to

WPT019

Location: 45.759815, -69.164681

View of lake

WPT011

Location: 45.817501, -69.037613

Stream

WPT027

Location: 45.713749, -69.011734

Signed view of Katahdin

WPT018

Location: 45.756935, -69.165184

Nesuntabunt Mountain; Trail to view of Katahdin

WPT027

Location: 45.887234, -68.999733

Parking picnic area @ Katahdin Stream Campground; AT goes W @ picnic area; Ranger station is across bridge on R

WPT017

Location: 45.880852, -69.031914

Daicey Pond Nature Trail

WPT017

Location: 45.666534, -68.990784

Trail to Mud Pond access with outlet streams nearby

WPT014

Location: 45.744049, -69.137718

Sand Beach and Trail to spring

WPT009

Location: 45.735935, -69.103432

Road

WPT012

Location: 45.817951, -69.019867

Hurd Brook

WPT022

Location: 45.706001, -69.007416

Trail to Potaywadjo Spring Lean-to

WPT012

Location: 45.736198, -69.115051

Gravel beach

WPT001

Location: 45.888584, -68.998535

Registration clipboard on AT to climb the Hunt Trail

WPT008

Location: 45.734901, -69.054916

Nahmakanta Stream Campsite

WPT015

Location: 45.818718, -69.00943

Spring

WPT003

Location: 45.895668, -68.983749

Katahdin stream and Katahdin Stream Falls

WPT015

Location: 45.869316, -69.037247

BIg Niagara Falls

WPT003

Location: 45.836899, -68.960716

Abol Stream TR; 50 feet further is a great view of Katahdin

WPT005

Location: 45.822884, -69.13633

Trail to Rainbow Spring Tentsite 100 feet spring

WPT007

Location: 45.819099, -69.105904

Trail to Rainbow Mountain 1 mi. "easy" good views of Katahdin; track follows part way up to partial views of The Big K

WPT024

Location: 45.706734, -69.008385

Potaywadjo Spring; 15-foot diameter bubbling sand spring

Mud Pond

Location: 45.665946, -68.990622

Privy

Location: 45.678234, -69.005234

Potaywadjo Spring

Location: 45.706768, -69.008499

Pemadumcook Lake

Location: 45.713768, -69.011536

Views across Pemadumcook Lake in Maine

Location: 45.713768, -69.011528

Views

Location: 45.822818, -68.994141

Views of Katahdin

Location: 45.835255, -68.967072

Views of Katahdin

Location: 45.837448, -68.960953

Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park

Location: 45.837448, -68.960953

Waterfall

Location: 45.869267, -69.037087

Katahdin Stream

Location: 45.886734, -68.999748

Hunts Peak

Location: 45.899715, -68.948646

Jeff Chow on Mount Katahdin

Location: 45.904449, -68.921417

Mount Katahdin Summit

Location: 45.904385, -68.921265