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ldsailor
05-26-2019, 15:14
I'm planning this year's hike. Hopefully I will finish the trail with 315 miles to go. In planning, I try to find out about the places I may be staying off trail, so here are some questions. Any and all input is appreciated. By the way, I'm using the 2108 AT Guide for planning, so my info may be outdated.


Human-Nature Hostel, Roxbury, Maine seems like a good place to stop. They have two pickups - morning and afternoon. If I miss the afternoon or morning pickup depending an when I get there, is there another way to get to the hostel? Any comments about the hostel, which would be helpful to know?
Stratton Motel & Hostel, Stratton, Maine. Their guide info says they will pick up at the trailhead if available. Same question as above - if not available, is there another way to get to the hostel? Any comments about the hostel, which would be helpful to know?
White House Landing Camps, Millinocket, Maine. This is roughly 70 miles into the 100 mile wilderness. I'm looking to stop there mostly for resupply, whether they sell food there or I send in a package. I'm not sure how to get to the camp. The AT Guide really doesn't say anything about it. Is this the place where you have to ring a bell to get them to pick you up? Anyway, bottom line is how do I get there from the trail at mile 2145.2 NOBO?
Last, where is the best place to stay after summitting Katahdin? It looks like the best place to fly out of will be Bangor, so locale to transportation to Bangor is important.

Thank you for any help on these items and I welcome any wisdom you may wish to share on anything during this part of my hike.

Slo-go'en
05-26-2019, 16:54
If you miss the hostel/hotel shuttle you'll have to try to hitch hike.

White House Landing. They are located on the other side of a lake from the AT. There is a blue blaze trail to the lake, I think it's less then 1/2 mile. Used to be you blew a horn to get their attention, but now you call them on a 2 way radio and they send a boat to get you. I don't believe they do mail drops - it's a long drive on logging roads to the nearest town, so they don't get mail there. They can feed you dinner and breakfast and stock enough resupply items for you to get the last 30 miles to Baxter. Basically, you just need 2-3 days of food from there.

The Appalachian Trail Lodge in Millinocket will pick you up from the park, then drive you to the nearest bus stop in Midway, where you can go to Bangor or Portland for additional transportation options.

TJ aka Teej
05-26-2019, 18:35
Starting in September, around 4 almost every afternoon, the AT Lodge's shuttle stops by the ranger's cabin at Katahdin Stream. No fee if you stay with them that night. They'll take you out to the bus stop the next morning to catch the day's only bus heading south.

egilbe
05-26-2019, 18:54
Human Nature Hostel, if you miss the shuttle, you can try hitchhiking. I'd never heard of it before I talked to a couple hikers who were slackpacking a section of the Mahoosucs. I gave them a ride to the hostel and checked it out. Nice place. 420 friendly if you're into that. I'd stay there.

bamadog
05-27-2019, 10:44
You can send resupply boxes to White House Landing.My wife sent me one last year.They go to the post office like once a week so you need to send it early.I enjoyed my stay there !

flemdawg1
07-18-2019, 11:34
Lakeshore house and Shaw's both have resupply available at Jo-Mary Road in the 100MW. It's worth it.

peakbagger
07-18-2019, 11:52
Looking at the address, hitching to the Human Nature Hostel is going to be a challenge unless you get real lucky. It looks like new operation, I have not heard anything good or bad.

I hope that its over but in the past there was one aggressive hostel owner that would snipe hikers who intended to stay elsewhere in the Andover area.

LazyLightning
07-18-2019, 12:44
Lakeshore house and Shaw's both have resupply available at Jo-Mary Road in the 100MW. It's worth it.

I'd go with White House for the resupply cause as just mentioned they do accept mail drops.... Rather then paying way to much to have a resuply delivered to you in the 100 mile... White House is overnighters only but its a nice spot, they used to pick up people just for lunch/r esuply and bring them back but it was to much.

Grampie
07-19-2019, 09:24
Stratton Motel is a good stop. If they don't pick you up, it's not a bad walk from the trail. White House Landing is also good. If you send a mail drop you have to stay the night. After your hike the AT lodge in Millinocket is the place to stay.

Heliotrope
07-19-2019, 17:33
Looking at the address, hitching to the Human Nature Hostel is going to be a challenge unless you get real lucky. It looks like new operation, I have not heard anything good or bad.

I hope that its over but in the past there was one aggressive hostel owner that would snipe hikers who intended to stay elsewhere in the Andover area.

They make pick ups at south arm road and East B hill around 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Took
A zero there. Very laid back and clean.


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