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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Pinnacle Gully

The route starts with a very short, narrow section passing the pinnacle of rock which gives the gully it's name. From there the gully opens up and allows for some fast and fun skiing at a sustained steep pitch (which I measured at around 45 degrees).

The gully drops you into the Loch Avon basin and the quickest route back is to skin up Coire Domhain before trudging back across the plateau to the car park.

This gully is ideal to link up with another two or three nearby for a full days skiing.

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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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