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Traveler Group

 
Traveler Group

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Maine, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 46.07480°N / 68.8446°W

Object Title: Traveler Group

Activities: Hiking, Bouldering, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 3551 ft / 1082 m

 

Page By: cbucker

Created/Edited: Aug 15, 2007 / Jan 16, 2010

Object ID: 324090

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The Mountains

The Traveler - 3551' trail - yes
Peak Of The Ridges - 3225' trail - yes
N. Traveler - 3144' trail - yes
S. Traveler - 2677' trail - no
Bald Mountain - 2333' trail - no
Big Peaked Mountain - 2130' trail - no
Little Peaked Mountain - 1950 trail - no

Overview

Separated from The well known Katahdin Group by Pogy Notch , there stands a cluster of notably rugged, wild mountains... The Traveler group. The mountains of the Traveler group, though closely related to the Katahdin group have their differences. The rock which most of the area is composed is a similar rock to granite called rhyolite. Rhyolite is created by a volcanic extrusion, or expulsion of rock, while granite(which Katahdin is composed of) is an intrusive rock(formed underground). In fact, millions of years ago the area around the Traveler Group was a volcanic cone and Katahdin was the magma chamber that fueled the volcanic activity. When the Ice sheets marched over the area during the last ice age the harder(intrusive) granite was less eroded than the(extrusive) rhyolite leaving Katahdin the superior. Here is a surficial bedrock map of Maine.

Getting There

From Bangor, take 95N until exit 264 for ME-158 toward ME-11/Sherman/Patten. Turn left onto ME-158, then a slight right onto ME-11. Follow ME-11 then make a left onto ME-159/Shin Pond. Continue onto Grand Lake rd and enter Baxter park onto the park tote road, then make a left at the signs for South Branch Pond.
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Red Tape

Baxter Park limits the number of people allowed to enter each day so get in early (about 5:30 am during the busiest times). You also must sign in and out at the ranger station letting them know how many people are with your party, what time you departed, name, and whether you are camping or day-use.

Camping

South Branch Pond Campground
There are 12 lean-tos, 21 tent/trailer sites, and an 8 person bunkhouse. These are all open May 15- Oct. 15. Fishing is allowed in the Ponds (fly fishing only), and you can rent canoes at the ranger station.

Outlying Sites
Upper So. Branch (1 Lean-to)
Pogy Pond (1 Lean-to)
So. Branch Canoe Site (1 Tent site, 1 Lean-to)
(ALL OUTLYING SITES ARE EITHER HIKE OR CANOE-IN)



Trout Brook Farm Campground
Holds 14 tent/trailer sites, 1 lean-to, and 4 group sites (site #1 holds 8 people, group sites 2-4 hold 14 people each). Fly fishing only.

Outlying Sites
North West Cove (1 Tent site)
Boody Brook (1 Tent site)
Little East (1 Lean-to, 1 Tent site)
Webster Stream (1 Lean-to)
Billfish Pond (1 Tent site)
Webster Outlet (1 Lean-to, 1 Tent site)
Long Pond Outlet (1 Tent site)
Little Coffeelos (1 Tent site)
Long Pond Pines (1 Tent site)
Telos Cut (1 Tent site)
Lower Fowler Outlet (1 Tent site)
Hudson Pond (1 Lean-to)
Lower Fowler Pond (1 Tent site)
Togue Ledge (1 Tent site)
Middle Fowler North (1 Tent site)
Pine Point (1 Tent site)
Middle Fowler South (1 Tent site)
Second Lake (1 Tent site)
K-P Dam (1 Tent site)
(ALL OUTLYING SITES ARE EITHER HIKE OR CANOE-IN)

For additional info. see Baxter State Park

What To Bring

Water, the spring that used to be advertised has since dried and has not been dug out. A sturdy pair of hiking boots, a whistle (I've seen Bear, Moose, and coyote droppings along the trail),a Camera Trust me the views are unforgettable. A jacket should be carried even in summer ,sunglasses, and lasty but probably most used... 100% DEET. If you use anything else the bugs will practically lick it off of your skin as if it were refreshing.

Weather

In general for every 1000 feet you climb it cools by approximately 3-6 degrees (depending on other atmospheric factors), that combined with the Northernly latitude, elevation gain, and little-to-no cover on most of the trail can make for some hairy situations (if not prepared, even in the summer). This area by and large has very harsh winters with mild summers, but you can't rule out a snow/ice storm at any time.Wind Chill is a huge factor in this region, most of the entire Traveler Circuit is exposed SO PLEASE BE PREPARED.
Millinocket Weather Forecast , Precip Map

When To Climb

Can be climbed at any time. In the winter snowshoes, crampons, and an ice axe may be needed(winters are brutal in this area) and wind chills will often dip into the negatives. May through July are especially bad buggy months, and 100% deet is pretty much crucial.

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