Day 143: Rainbow Lake Stealth Tentsite

Day 143. It’s hard to reflect all the emotions flooding my mind throughout the day in tonight’s update. After everything I’ve seen and accomplished these past 5 months, I simply don’t have the words to describe how important today was to me. Since I’ll be in Millinocket tomorrow, today was my last full day and night inside the Appalachian Trail. And that was tough to accept.

I stayed up late into the night watching the sun set and stars shimmer from our beautiful campsite on Rainbow Lake (photo above). Since it was a long and hot day of walking in this wilderness, and I’ll be back in civilization tomorrow … I wanted to savor the moment as long as possible. I sat there for hours after everyone else went to bed, the only sound being fish jumping and loons calling to each other from the middle of the lake. It was peaceful and perfect.

Although the trail was tougher today, it was an enjoyable difficulty. The rocks, roots, and mud were tough to avoid as I meandered for miles and miles around Nahmakanta Lake, Rainbow Lake, and the streams connecting the two. But, it was made easier by the majestic lakefront scenery and epic views of Katahdin getting closer and closer.

There was a small hike up Nesuntabunt Mountain, but again, nothing difficult. Even Happy would have welcomed that 500 foot climb in elevation, especially given the awesome view at the top (photo below).

Tomorrow is a short 8 miles to Abol Bridge Campground, where some of my group’s patents are waiting (Honey, Moon, and Rose). After some food (I hear a Subway party sub is on its way), we’ll continue on and finish the final 10 miles to the base of Katahdin. The weather forecast and a chat with Park Rangers will decide what happens next. Climb tomorrow in the rain? Wait until Monday, hoping to hike between thunderstorms? Or maybe even wait until Tuesday, in hopes of the weather clearing up completely? We shall see.

Hello Neiman (Sharkbait)!

  • Start Mile: 2142.6
  • Start Time: 07:00
  • End Mile: 2168.0
  • End Time: 18:20
  • Miles Hiked: 25.4
  • Miles to Go: 22.9
  • Lodging: Rainbow Lake Stealth Tentsite

8 thoughts on “Day 143: Rainbow Lake Stealth Tentsite

  1. Sharkbait! We walked around Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska) yesterday and there was what I know now as trail magic. A group of people had bottles of water and baggie of granola bars, beef jerky, and fruit snacks. We thought of you! All the best on your last day(s)!

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  2. Wow — you’re almost there! You’re right–it’s kind of unreal to think this amazing trek is almost over. I’ve really enjoyed reading your thoughtful, funny, informative posts–made it feel like I was there with you (though I NEVER could take on what you’ve accomplished.) Wishing you a great last few miles and a fantastic celebration once you ARRIVE! Cheers to you, intrepid and enthusiastic Sharkbait! You’re one cool dude.

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  3. Mike, most of your photos have been great and a fun addition to illustrate your journey. The one of Rainbow lake with all its beauty left me speechless. I’ve seen a lot of sunsets and photos of sunsets. I have to say this one is at the top of my sunset list. Thanks. HAPPY TRAILS

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  4. I just rtnd. from a fishing trip to Rainy River/Canadian border… am catching up!

    Congrats, Mike… you’re almost there… maybe you’ve been to the mountain top by now… not sure. You’ve worked long and hard. Keep it safe, and enjoy it forever! You know wet rock in high places can be dangerous, yada, yada. Best wishes on Katahdin! MH

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  5. Sharkbait!
    Happy here,

    Yes, I would have enjoyed Nesuntabunt Mountain, and probably a good part of the trails in Maine.
    I can’t say enough of how proud we all are of you and this accomplishment (I’m writing this actually on Sunday, so we know you made it to the summit of Katahdan. You can now say with pride “I have seen the mountain” :).
    mom & Happy

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