Day 178 – 21.1 miles to stealth camp at Rainbow Lake at 2166.2 (22.9 miles to go)

The final day in the Wilderness.


I left camp at 6:30 while Stefan was still getting up. It was today that the weather forecast from 3 days ago promised rain and it was certainly cloudy already though it would be a while before hostilities commenced.

Soon I came to Nahmakanta Lake and admired the view, the glassy lake reflecting the world above.
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The trail was choppy here, up and down before climbing 650′ to the top of the final named mountain on the AT before Katahdin, Nesuntabunt Mountain at 1560′.
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It has a view north to Katahdin but the clouds meant only the very base was just about visible.
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I had lunch on the shore of Crescent Pond, a small body of water which had 3 boats stored there presumably for paddling and fishing from. While I was there two locals came down to check out the boating possibilities for the future. It seemed a strangely popular place for such a small pond.

The afternoon brought the promised rain but mostly it just drizzled or rained for a few seconds before giving up. There was only one good downpour, for half an hour, and it wasn’t heavy. Having dodged that wet-feet bullet I was a bit annoyed later to carelessly step into a shallow mud puddle that turned out to be shin deep!

The afternoon terrain was a bit easier than the morning but it still felt a bit prehistoric at times.
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Stefan overlapped me at Crescent Pond 10 miles in and then I passed him as he lunched at Rainbow Stream Lean-To. He then caught me up and we hiked the last 3 miles together. He’d gotten a recent weather forecast from some section hikers and now wants to summit Friday along with Juergen and I for sure. Trouble is, neither of us have seen Juergen for 2 days! Hopefully he’s just behind.

We hiked for a long time along the banks of 4-mile long Rainbow Lake and near the end were a variety of reasonable tent spots. It was breezy off the lake but not enough to worry about. I chose a spot which was a bit of a squeeze but gave me a picture window on this end of the lake.
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It was a delightful final wild camp. Tomorrow – Juergen willing – it will be tenting in a big organised campsite. This was the perfect wild camp, a fitting finale to the hike.
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4 thoughts on “Day 178 – 21.1 miles to stealth camp at Rainbow Lake at 2166.2 (22.9 miles to go)

  1. I love the camping spot you chose! And bad luck on that ‘shallow’ puddle you wandered into; hope you didn’t end up with soggy feet again…

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