Baxter State Park

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Baxter State Park

Submitted By: Yankee Snowman on December 05, 2011

Administrator: Yankee Snowman

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Savage Peak Couloir

The couloir is skiable from summit to bottom (1200+ feet), however, when we skied it we entered the couloir from a side inlet 200' below the summit as a sizable cornice existed at the top.  The upper pitch can reach 50 degrees, but the majority of the couloir is sustained 45.  The bulk of the couloir is fairly shaded from the sun, except for the top 100', so an early start is prudent.  No narrow chokes exist and the majority of the couloir is wide at roughly 30', but it does have a double fall line.

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Baxter State Park has all kinds of skiing. From leisurely day trips on XC gear to epic week-long expeditions with ice-tool approaches to steep gullies, it offers a classic northeastern backcountry experience.

Some people complain about the red-tape but most who have actually been there agree it is well worth it. Plus, restrictions have been reduced in recent years to make winter backcountry travel more feasible.

BSP has lean-tos and cabins available at very modest rates. See Baxter State Park Authority's website for complete information.

How to Get There

Millinocket is the gateway to Baxter State Park. Many winter skiing and climbing trips begin at Abol Bridge on the Golden Road. The ultimate BSP ski touring experience, a traverse of the whole Park from North to South, begins at Matagamon Camps on the Grand Lake Road, west of Shin Pond and Rt. 159.

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