​​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.

201​7 ​​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 24 - 28 Little Wilson Falls: Tread Improvement Little Wilson Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Maine. The crew will remove hazardous roots and line the trail with stumps and boulders. Shovels, pry bars, mattocks, folding saws and Griphoist equipment will be used to do the work. The crew will car camp and hike about a mile and a half to the project site each day.
Moderate
Barren Mountain: Erosion Control Barren Mountain is the southernmost peak of the rugged Barren Chairback Range. This trail was first cleared by Walter D. Green during the 1930's. The crew will build stone steps and waterbars at many sites on the south side of Barren Mountain. Shovels, pry bars, mattocks, folding saws and Griphoist equipment will be used to do the work. The crew will day hike from a roadside campsite or camp on the trail. More Difficult.
2 July 1-4 (return 1 day early) Little Wilson Falls: Tread Improvement Little Wilson Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Maine. The crew will remove hazardous roots and line the trail with stumps and boulders. Shovels, pry bars, mattocks, folding saws and Griphoist equipment will be used to do the work. The crew will car camp and hike about a mile and a half to the project site each day. Moderate.
Barren Mountain: Erosion Control Barren Mountain is the southernmost peak of the rugged Barren Chairback Range. This trail was first cleared by Walter D. Green during the 1930's. The crew will build stone steps and waterbars at many sites on the south side of Barren Mountain. Shovels, pry bars, mattocks, folding saws and Griphoist equipment will be used to do the work. The crew will day hike from a roadside campsite or camp on the trail. More Difficult.
3 July 8-12 Little Wilson Falls: Tread Improvement Little Wilson Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Maine. The crew will remove hazardous roots and line the trail with stumps and boulders. Shovels, pry bars, mattocks, folding saws and Griphoist equipment will be used to do the work. The crew will car camp and hike about a mile and a half to the project site each day. Moderate.
Barren Mountain: Erosion Control Barren Mountain is the southernmost peak of the rugged Barren Chairback Range. This trail was first cleared by Walter D. Green during the 1930's. The crew will build stone steps and waterbars at many sites on the south side of Barren Mountain. Shovels, pry bars, mattocks, folding saws and Griphoist equipment will be used to do the work. The crew will day hike from a roadside campsite or camp on the trail. More Difficult.
4 July 15-19 Gulf Hagas Mountain: Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Mountain is a rugged part of the White Cap range. Pry bars, shovels, and mattocks will be used to build stone steps and waterbars. Griphoist equipment will be used to move rocks to the trail. The crew will drive on logging roads, and then backpack 2.5 miles up the mountain to camp near the work site. Most Difficult.
Appalachian Trail: Trail Improvements (location to be determined) Hand tools such as mattocks, shovels, and pry bars will be used to dig rock replacements. The crew will drive on logging roads, and then backpack miles to camp near the work site. More Difficult.
5 July 22-26 Gulf Hagas Mountain: Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Mountain is a rugged part of the White Cap range. Pry bars, shovels, and mattocks will be used to build stone steps and waterbars. Griphoist equipment will be used to move rocks to the trail. The crew will drive on logging roads, and then backpack 2.5 miles up the mountain to camp near the work site. Most Difficult.
Appalachian Trail: Trail Improvements (location to be determined) Hand tools such as mattocks, shovels, and pry bars will be used to dig rock replacements. The crew will drive on logging roads, and then backpack miles to camp near the work site. More Difficult.
6 July 29-August 2 Gulf Hagas Mountain: Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Mountain is a rugged part of the White Cap range. Pry bars, shovels, and mattocks will be used to build stone steps and waterbars. Griphoist equipment will be used to move rocks to the trail. The crew will drive on logging roads, and then backpack 2.5 miles up the mountain to camp near the work site. Most Difficult.
Appalachian Trail: Trail Improvements (location to be determined) Hand tools such as mattocks, shovels, and pry bars will be used to dig rock replacements. The crew will drive on logging roads, and then backpack miles to camp near the work site. More Difficult.
7 August 5-9 Rainbow Lake: Wetland Tread Improvements Rainbow Lake is a large lake near Katahdin. The campsite is beautifully set on the shore of the lake. Step stones and turnpike will be used to provide a firm trail through a wetland area. The crew will backpack 9 miles to their campsite.
Pleasant River Road: Bog Bridging The Pleasant River Road is an historic section of the Gulf Hagas Trail system. Crews will carry planks from nearby stockpiles and replace bog bridges built in the 1990s. The crew will drive on logging roads and car camp within 2 miles of the project site. More Difficult.
8 August 12-16 Rainbow Lake: Wetland Tread Improvements Rainbow Lake is a large lake near Katahdin. The campsite is beautifully set on the shore of the lake. Step stones and turnpike will be used to provide a firm trail through a wetland area. The crew will backpack 9 miles to their campsite.
Pleasant River Road: Bog Bridging The Pleasant River Road is an historic section of the Gulf Hagas Trail system. Crews will carry planks from nearby stockpiles and replace bog bridges built in the 1990s. The crew will drive on logging roads and car camp within 2 miles of the project site. More Difficult.
9 August 20-24 Rainbow Lake: Wetland Tread Improvements Rainbow Lake is a large lake near Katahdin. The campsite is beautifully set on the shore of the lake. Step stones and turnpike will be used to provide a firm trail through a wetland area. The crew will backpack 9 miles to their campsite.
Pleasant River Road: Bog Bridging The Pleasant River Road is an historic section of the Gulf Hagas Trail system. Crews will carry planks from nearby stockpiles and replace bog bridges built in the 1990s. The crew will drive on logging roads and car camp within 2 miles of the project site. More Difficult.

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]