View Full Version : Hunt vs Abol in winter (BSP)

12-18-2012, 01:07 PM

I'm curious to know why everybody (from what I've seen online) seems to prefer getting up & down on Abol slide trail instead of Hunt trail (A.T.) in winter conditon ? Are the scrambling sections of the latter worse than a possibly icy slide :confused:

12-18-2012, 01:20 PM
One reason is that Abol Slide makes it easier to do Katahdin in winter as a day hike. Hunt Trail/AT would be interesting!

12-18-2012, 01:25 PM
And if one was starting from Daicey pond :cool: ?

TJ aka Teej
12-18-2012, 03:49 PM
In part because of the bouldering stretch just below the Hunt Spur. Abol is also shorter.

12-18-2012, 08:09 PM
My buddies last year did this insane winter itinerary:

1) Abol Bridge > Daicey

2) Daicey > Abol Slide (with sleds!) > then all the way across the tableland and down NW Basin trail to Russell

3) Russell to RB via Wassataquoik (sp)

4) out

Highly un-recommended!

12-18-2012, 09:08 PM
Daicey Pond is beautiful in winter, but it is indeed a long way distance from everything. Heck, its access road is a mile long off the Tote Road. Daicey-Abol does get done, you're trading off distance for the shelter of a cabin.

12-18-2012, 10:15 PM
this vid gives a good idea of the slide, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYkOMDowHmY