The Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust was part of the installation of two kiosks this summer, adding wayfinding in two key locations in order to facilitate public access to lands along the A.T. in Maine. At Saddleback Mountain, hikers have long used a ski trail from Saddleback Maine to reach the summit of the mountain on the A.T. Though this trail is not an official Appalachian Trail side trail it is heavily used and the information on the panel provides information to help hikers protect the sensitive alpine environment on the summit, engage in good practices while exploring, and learn about the A.T. and the lands in Maine’s High Peaks area. Thanks to Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Saddleback Maine, FatBird Design and Signworks for helping to get this done.
At Bald Mountain Pond, the land trust received funding through a grant from The Trust for Public Land to install a kiosk on the access road to the pond. It is reached by logging roads which can be difficult to navigate, so this kiosk includes a road map and a description of the landscape. Maine Appalachian Trail Club volunteers provided 66 hours of time in helping to fabricate and install the kiosk, which is located on the Pinkerton Road in Moscow (Maine). If you head to the pond be sure to stop and take a look!