We hiked this section during the Trail Dames of Maryland Camp out in Maine. We had planned to board both our dogs at a lovely doggie B&B during the camp out. Unfortunately, Michaux got very sick 2 days before we left so we decided she was coming to Maine with us. Therefore, we hiked this section on different days so that one of could stay with Michaux.
All of the other hikes were too long for Michaux and we decided to not hike the rest of the sections with the group so that we could do these sections together. But, we shuttled the hikers to the trail head every morning and made sure they knew the route back to their lodgings. It helped that we had 3 copies of the “The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer” – each with the driving routes highlighted. We really appreciated everyone’s “moxie” during the camp out – it allowed us to focus on making sure Michaux was healthy.
Python hiked this section on August 14, 2016.
This was a key exchange hike because the shuttles to the trail heads were over an hour long.
The Kennebec River Ferry operates from 9 AM to 2 PM during this time of year.
The first set of hikers (Google, Mary Poppins, Selfie, Butters) started at Carrying Place Road and hiked north knowing that they had to be at the river before 2 PM to get the ferry.
Python was with the second set of hikers who wanted a more casual hike so they started at the Kennebec River and hiked south.
Python, SIMS, and B2 arrived at the Kennebec River around 8:45 AM and were the first ones there.
The ferry man arrived just before 9 AM. He handed us waiver forms to fill out while he got the canoe and the gear ready. We had to take off our packs and put on smelly life jackets. Our packs were put into the bottom of canoe and then we climbed in too.
B2 said she was not comfortable paddling the canoe so she sat in the middle while Python sat in the front.
The water was still pretty low so the crossing was very easy.
SIMS came over in the canoe next with a thru-hiker from Pittsburgh. We all gave the ferry operator a tip.
Once we arrived on the other side, we shed some clothes and put on bug spray.
We then took our time as we had a slow gradual climb up to Pierce Pond Lean-to.
We met up with the first group around Pierce Pond Stream Falls. Fortunately, we remembered to exchange keys and took a group photo. They told us to take a nice break at the Lean-to to listen for the loons.
The wooden dam at the outlet of Pierce Pond was covered with tippy rocks so we took our time here… at least the rocks were dry.
We took a nice long lunch break at Pierce Pond Lean-to and chatted with another section hiker from England. The Lean-to is very close to the water and it was very tranquil.
After lunch we still had to climb about 1.5 more miles and the temperatures were starting to heat up so we took our time.
About a mile or so before the end of the hike, we came upon a beautiful boardwalk over a very boggy area. Thanks MATC for the boardwalk! We also started to encounter several thru-hikers at this point who kept saying the road was really close.
Dirigo hiked this section on August 15, 2016 with Lockdown.
I shuttled to the trail with SIMS, Google, Mary Poppins and Lockdown. Lockdown and I were hiking to the Kennebec River and the other ladies were hiking south to Bog Brook Rd, near Flagstaff Lake. Lockdown and I got started about 8am and we knew we had 8.5 miles to cover to make the Kennebec Ferry Shuttle.
The first part of the hike was very flat and we made it to the Pierce Pond Lean-to in good time. We stopped at the lean-to and in the log book, it stated that right after Python came through yesterday, a thru-hiker saw a moose swimming between the island. I started to moose call, and waited a few minutes but saw or heard nothing.
Lockdown and I had a snack and away we went. We talked with a few thru-hikers along the way and also near the Harrison Camp there was a guy that kind of creeped us out as he was kind of hiding and watched us as went went by, we both thought it was weird, so we just kept on moving.
Lockdown had hiked in the day before to meet with the north bound group and she said she remembered walking near the stream and then a big up at the end and then down to the ferry.
We crossed a log bridge and ascended and I asked if this was the up and she said it looked familiar. Everything looked familiar, oh Lockdown, you’re killing me.
We finally came to the Ferry with an hour and a half to spare. The ferry was on the other side so we waited and then about 5 thru-hikers showed up and we all waited for the ferry together.
Lockdown and I got in and I paddled across while she sat in the middle. The ferryman asked her if she was there yesterday too and we explained that she hiked with the other group yesterday and with me today.
Once on the other side, we relaxed and took our time getting to the parking lot.