​​maine trail crew

Spend a week in the scenic Maine woods this summer working and camping on the Appalachian Trail. The Maine Trail Crew, sponsored by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is based in central Maine. Projects are located along 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and most involve reconstruction and rockwork. Projects are supervised by crew leaders under the direction of modern trail-work pioneer Lester Kenway

The crew works four nine-hour days, traveling back to basecamp on the fifth day. Some projects are located on high mountains and involve strenuous pack-ins, while other projects are located on scenic lake shores or involve car camping. Due to the variation in difficulty, we recommend that you study the trip schedule below. Once you register to join the Maine Trail Crew, MATC will contact you with additional information to help assure that you will join a project that matches your interests and abilities.


Maine Trail Crew

base camp

The Maine Trail Crew base camp is located on a scenic island in Branns Mills Pond in Dover-Foxcroft. Crew members stay in rustic cabins or in wall tents on the island when they are not out on the Trail.

Maine Crew Rigging

field work & working conditions

Trail work is hard, physical labor. Trail construction involves working with hand tools, and getting dirty is guaranteed. The crews work every day rain or shine, hot or cold. Maine Trail Crew projects can be particularly challenging; please review the descriptions below to see project details and difficulty ratings before making a selection. Maine Trail Crew volunteers will be asked some additional questions before joining the crew.

2018 Maine crew schedule & crew week

The Maine Crew work-week runs Saturday to Wednesday. Crew members arrive on Friday afternoon before their scheduled work week for a crew dinner and program orientation. Multiple-week volunteers can stay at the base camp on off-days,and easily travel to nearby Katahdin or Acadia National Park for recreation.

 

Week Dates Project (2 crews per week) Description Notes:
1 June 23-27 Barren Mountain: Erosion Control The A.T. was first located across Barren Mountain in 1933. The crew will add waterbars and stone steps to work completed in the early 1990s. Griphoist and hand tools will be used to move the stone. The crew will backpack 2.5 miles to a mountain top campsite and walk 1.5 miles down to the work site each day.
Most Difficult
West Ridge of White Cap Mountain: Erosion Control White Cap is the highest summit between Bigelow and Katahdin. The crew will build stone steps and waterbars. Shovels, pry bars, mattocks, and Griphoist equipment will be used to do the work. The crew will car camp and hike a steep mile to the project site each day. More Difficult.
2 June 30-July 3* (short week) Barren Mountain: Erosion Control The A.T. was first located across Barren Mountain in 1933. The crew will add waterbars and stone steps to work completed in the early 1990s. Griphoist and hand tools will be used to move the stone. The crew will backpack 2.5 miles to a mountain top campsite and walk 1.5 miles down to the work site each day. Most Difficult
West Ridge of White Cap Mountain: Erosion Control White Cap is the highest summit between Bigelow and Katahdin. The crew will build stone steps and waterbars. Shovels, pry bars, mattocks, and Griphoist equipment will be used to do the work. The crew will car camp and hike a steep mile to the project site each day. More Difficult
3 July 7-11 Barren Mountain: Erosion Control The A.T. was first located across Barren Mountain in 1933. The crew will add waterbars and stone steps to work completed in the early 1990s. Griphoist and hand tools will be used to move the stone. The crew will backpack 2.5 miles to a mountain top campsite and walk 1.5 miles down to the work site each day. Most Difficult
West Ridge of White Cap Mountain: Erosion Control White Cap is the highest summit between Bigelow and Katahdin. The crew will build stone steps and waterbars. Shovels, pry bars, mattocks, and Griphoist equipment will be used to do the work. The crew will car camp and hike a steep mile to the project site each day. More Difficult
Beaver Pond: Building a section of gravel/stone walkway The A.T. skirts Beaver Pond in the Wilson Valley. The trail is being relocated along the edge of a wetland. Small stones will be layered between geotextile and gravel to form a firm gravel turnpike. Picks, shovels, and rock nets will be used. The crew will backpack 1.5 miles to Beaer Pond, next to the work site. Moderate
4 July 14-18 Gulf Hagas Mountain: Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Mountain is the westernmost peak in the White Cap Range. Stone Steps and waterbars will be added to those completed last year. Griphoist, picks, shovels, and pry bars will be used to move the stone. The crew will backpack 1.5 steep miles to a mountain top campsite near the work area. More Difficult
Logan Brook--White Cap Mountain: Erosion Control Logan Brook is a clear mountain stream that flows down White Cap Mountain. Stone steps and waterbars will be built. Pry bars, shovels and mattocks will be used to build improvements. Griphoist equipment will be used to move rocks to the trail. The crew will backpack 2.5 miles up the mountain and camp near the work site. More Difficult
5 July 21-25 Gulf Hagas Mountain: Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Mountain is the westernmost peak in the White Cap Range. Stone Steps and waterbars will be added to those completed last year. Griphoist, picks, shovels, and pry bars will be used to move the stone. The crew will backpack 1.5 steep miles to a mountain top campsite near the work area. More Difficult
Logan Brook--White Cap Mountain: Erosion Control Logan Brook is a clear mountain stream that flows down White Cap Mountain. Stone steps and waterbars will be built. Pry bars, shovels and mattocks will be used to build improvements. Griphoist equipment will be used to move rocks to the trail. The crew will backpack 2.5 miles up the mountain and camp near the work site. More Difficult
6 July 28- August 1 Gulf Hagas Mountain: Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Mountain is the westernmost peak in the White Cap Range. Stone Steps and waterbars will be added to those completed last year. Griphoist, picks, shovels, and pry bars will be used to move the stone. The crew will backpack 1.5 steep miles to a mountain top campsite near the work area. More Difficult
Gulf Hagas--Pleasant River Road: Building Bog Bridges The Pleasant River Road is an historic approach to the scenic Gulf Hagas area. The trail passes through several wetland areas. Bog bridges will be added to last year's work to complete the project. Cedar planks have already been carried to the sites. The crew will car camp and hike 1 to 1.5 miles to the work site. Moderate
Logan Brook--White Cap Mountain: Erosion Control Logan Brook is a clear mountain stream that flows down White Cap Mountain. Stone steps and waterbars will be built. Pry bars, shovels and mattocks will be used to build improvements. Griphoist equipment will be used to move rocks to the trail. The crew will backpack 2.5 miles up the mountain and camp near the work site. More Difficult
7 August 4-8 Rainbow Lake: Wetland Tread Improvements Rainbow Lake is a beautiful large lake nar Katahdin. The campsite is set on the shore of the lake. Step stones will be used to provide a firm trail through the area. The crew will backpack 5 miles over moderate terrain to the campsite, with the work site about a 3/4 mile away. The team will be supported by a float plane. More Difficult
Marble Brook: Step Stones across wetland The A.T. passes through several wetlands near Marble Brook as it follows Bald Mountain Stream, west of Monson. The crew will continue to build step stones through the wet areas. Pry Bars and picks will be used to gather and place the stones along the trail. The crew will car camp near Marble Brook and hike no more than a mile to the worksites. Moderate
8 August 11-15 Rainbow Lake: Wetland Tread Improvements Rainbow Lake is a beautiful large lake nar Katahdin. The campsite is set on the shore of the lake. Step stones will be used to provide a firm trail through the area. The crew will backpack 5 miles over moderate terrain to the campsite, with the work site about a 3/4 mile away. The team will be supported by a float plane. More Difficult
Marble Brook: Step Stones across wetland The A.T. passes through several wetlands near Marble Brook as it follows Bald Mountain Stream, west of Monson. The crew will continue to build step stones through the wet areas. Pry Bars and picks will be used to gather and place the stones along the trail. The crew will car camp near Marble Brook and hike no mre than a mile to the worksites. Moderate
9 August 19-23* Rainbow Lake: Wetland Tread Improvements Rainbow Lake is a beautiful large lake near Katahdin. The campsite is set on the shore of the lake. Step stones will be used to provide a firm trail through the area. The crew will backpack 5 miles over moderate terrain to the campsite, with the work site about a 3/4 mile away. The team will be supported by a float plane. More Difficult
Marble Brook: Step Stones across wetland The A.T. passes through several wetlands near Marble Brook as it follows Bald Mountain Stream, west of Monson. The crew will continue to build step stones through the wet areas. Pry Bars and picks will be used to gather and place the stones along the trail. The crew will car camp near Marble Brook and hike no mre than a mile to the worksites. Moderate

contact us

Questions? Contact the Maine Appalachian Trail Club at 207.518.1779 before May 16, or 207.564.0869 after May 16, or e-mail [email protected]