The 100 Mile Wilderness

HikeItForward-Final-MediumFrom Monson, Maine to the base camp at Katahdin there is a stretch of trail called the 100-Mile Wilderness. On this section of the A.T. there are no towns and only a few road crossings. There is a Caution Sign posted at the trail head just beyond Monson that serves a sobering reminder to hikers concerning the realities of the journey ahead. The sign reads:

“Caution: There are no places to obtain supplies or get help until ABOL BRIDGE 100 miles north. 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 A.T. and its difficulty should not be underestimated. Good Hiking!” MATC

Air Horn. White House LandingI have read that the first forty miles are more strenuous than the last sixty. Research has also revealed that there is a very unique resupply area at White House Landing (about 1 mile off the trail) at the 70 mile mark. After taking the side trail off the AT, the hiker will come to a wooden dock on a lake. There is an air horn on the dock. The hiker blows the air horn and waits. Soon a motor boat arrives and escorts the hiker to White House Landing. You can spend the night there ($39/bunk) which includes an AYCE (all you can eat) breakfast or you can just stop for a meal and a resupply. Hopefully, White House will give a boat ride back to the dock.  I am sure that the resupply will be expensive but it might be imperative depending on my situation.

100 mile wilderness signIt is somewhat difficult to strategize this section but here is my Plan A and my Plan B. Plan A is a five day hike with a resupply at the beginning of Day 4. Plan B is a six day hike with a resupply for breakfast on Day 5. Right now my plan would be to hike into the wilderness with a lean 6-day food menu in case I can’t make it to White House in 5 days.  Here’s the potential agenda:

Plan A: Day One – 19.1 miles; Day Two – 19 miles; Day Three – 24.6 miles (This is the challenge day); Day Four – with a stop at White House): 23.7 miles; Day Five – 15 miles to resupply and then on to Katahdin Stream Campground – 25 miles for the day.

If I find I cannot make 19 miles on the first day, Plan B falls into place: Day One – 15.1 miles; Day Two -15.2 miles; Day Three – 16.4 miles; Day Four – 19.5 miles; Day Five – including a stop at White House 20.2 miles; Day Six – 15 miles to resupply and on to Katahdin Stream Campground – 25 miles

It is quite difficult to plan today what I will able to do after hiking 2000 miles. I know this – I will be much more confident when I get to Monson and make my final Plan C (C for Confident).

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4 thoughts on “The 100 Mile Wilderness

  1. janloyd

    Yow! Gives “perseverance/endurance” a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?

    • Although I am apt to be physically tired by the time I reach Maine, I will also be experienced and hopefully capable of making wise decisions by that point. The terrain is supposed to be rugged and difficult but absolutely beautiful and inspiring.

  2. Tim Seela

    You might want to double check that White House Landing will be open this year. It has been posted on several forums that it will be closed this year. It has been for sale for a number of years. There are several people that will deliver resupply drops to hikers on Jo Mary Road as an alternative. Enjoy your hike and maybe I’ll see you on the trail, I will be starting sometime in the first few weeks of April (pending finding a ride to Springer). Tim, Beavercreek, Ohio

    • Tim,
      Thanks for the heads-up. I will most definitely check into White House Landing. If closed, that will change some strategy. I am happy to hear of your plans to thru-hike. What an adventure we are about to experience. I may never catch you but I pray that we will both make it to Maine and figure out a way through the 100 mile wilderness.

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