​​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.

2019 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 22-26 Rainbow Lake Wetland Tread Improvements Rainbow Lake is a beautiful large lake near Katahdin. The campsite is set up on the shore of the lake. Step stones will be used to provide a firm trail through a wetland area. The crew will backpack 6 miles over moderate terrain to the campsite, with the work site about a half mile away. The team will be supported by float plane.
Difficult
Gulf Hagas Mountain Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Mountain is the westernmost peak in the WhiteCap range. It is remote but can be accessed by an abandoned logging road. 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 backpack up to the trail and stay at the Sidney Tappan Campsite.
More Difficult.
2 June 29-July 2 (short week) Rainbow Lake Wetland Tread Improvements Rainbow Lake is a beautiful large lake near Katahdin. The campsite is set up on the shore of the lake. Step stones will be used to provide a firm trail through a wetland area. The crew will backpack 6 miles over moderate terrain to the campsite, with the work site about a half mile away. The team will be supported by float plane.
Difficult
Gulf Hagas Mountain Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Mountain is the westernmost peak in the WhiteCap range. It is remote but can be accessed by an abandoned logging road. 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 backpack up to the trail and stay at the Sidney Tappan Campsite.
More Difficult
3 July 6-10 Rainbow Lake Wetland Tread Improvements Rainbow Lake is a beautiful large lake near Katahdin. The campsite is set up on the shore of the lake. Step stones will be used to provide a firm trail through a wetland area. The crew will backpack 6 miles over moderate terrain to the campsite, with the work site about a half mile away. The team will be supported by float plane.
Difficult
Wilson Valley Stone Steps and Waterbars Wilson Valley is a moderate section of Trail between Monson and Barren Mountain. A few short parts of the trail need some stone steps to stabilize the soils. The crew will car camp and day hike to the project site.
Moderate
Gulf Hagas Mountain Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Mountain is the westernmost peak in the WhiteCap range. It is remote but can be accessed by an abandoned logging road. 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 backpack up to the trail and stay at the Sidney Tappan Campsite.
More Difficult
4 July 13-17 Barren Mountain Erosion Control Barren Mountain is the westernmost peak of the Barren-Chairback range. This is part of the original A.T., first located along the range in 1933. This project continues work done in previous years. The crew will backpack 2.5 miles to a high mountain pond and hike down to the work site each day.
Most Difficult
Nahmakanta Stream Wetland Improvement The A.T. follows Nahmakanta Stream between Nahmakanta and Pemadumcook Lake. Lowland areas will be improved with step stones. The crew will car camp on the shore of Nahmakanta and hike a short distance to the work sites.
Moderate
5 July 20-24 Barren Mountain Erosion Control Barren Mountain is the westernmost peak of the Barren-Chairback range. This is part of the original A.T., first located along the range in 1933. This project continues work done in previous years. The crew will backpack 2.5 miles to a high mountain pond and hike down to the work site each day.
Most Difficult
Nahmakanta Stream Wetland Improvement The A.T. follows Nahmakanta Stream between Nahmakanta and Pemadumcook Lake. Lowland areas will be improved with step stones. The crew will car camp on the shore of Nahmakanta and hike a short distance to the work sites.
Moderate
6 July 27-31 Barren Mountain Erosion Control Barren Mountain is the westernmost peak of the Barren-Chairback range. This is part of the original A.T., first located along the range in 1933. This project continues work done in previous years. The crew will backpack 2.5 miles to a high mountain pond and hike down to the work site each day.
Most Difficult
Nahmakanta Stream Wetland Improvement The A.T. follows Nahmakanta Stream between Nahmakanta and Pemadumcook Lake. Lowland areas will be improved with step stones. The crew will car camp on the shore of Nahmakanta and hike a short distance to the work sites.
Moderate
7 August 3-7 East of Bald Mountain Pond Step Stones The Appalachian Trail follows an old tote road along Bald Mountain Stream. Wet sections of trail will be hardened with step stones. The crew will car camp within a mile of the project over easy terrain.
Moderate
Gulf Hagas Brook Step Stones and Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Brook is along the route from the Gulf Hagas Preserve to Gulf Hagas Mountain. Step stones will be placed across wet areas and eroded slopes will be hardened with stone. After fording the West Branch of the Pleasant River, the crew will backpack 5 miles over relative easy terrain to the worksite near Carl Newhall Lean-to. More Difficult
8 August 10-14 East of Bald Mountain Pond Step Stones The Appalachian Trail follows an old tote road along Bald Mountain Stream. Wet sections of trail will be hardened with step stones. The crew will car camp within a mile of the project over easy terrain.
Moderate
Gulf Hagas Brook Step Stones and Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Brook is along the route from the Gulf Hagas Preserve to Gulf Hagas Mountain. Step stones will be placed across wet areas and eroded slopes will be hardened with stone. After fording the West Branch of the Pleasant River, the crew will backpack 5 miles over relative easy terrain to the worksite near Carl Newhall Lean-to.
More Difficult
9 August 19-23*
Sunday Start
East of Bald Mountain Pond Step Stones The Appalachian Trail follows an old tote road along Bald Mountain Stream. Wet sections of trail will be hardened with step stones. The crew will car camp within a mile of the project over easy terrain.
Moderate
Gulf Hagas Brook Step Stones and Erosion Control Gulf Hagas Brook is along the route from the Gulf Hagas Preserve to Gulf Hagas Mountain. Step stones will be placed across wet areas and eroded slopes will be hardened with stone. After fording the West Branch of the Pleasant River, the crew will backpack 5 miles over relative easy terrain to the worksite near Carl Newhall Lean-to.
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]