Although winter has now departed from most of Maine, snow and ice still is plentiful around Katahdin.

Park roads are still snow and ice covered in some areas and park officials anticipate that access to some roadside campgrounds may be delayed.

The park’s highest backcountry campground, Chimney Pond at an elevation of 2,914 feet, normally opens on Wednesday, June 1, but deep snows also may delay that opening as well.

The park will be continuing its Day Use Parking Reservation System in 2011. Visitors wishing to climb Katahdin from trailheads at Roaring Brook, Abol and Katahdin Stream Campground can secure a parking reservation for the trailhead of their choice either online through the park’s website or by calling the DUPR line at 207-723-3877.

Campers wishing to camp in the park within two weeks can now make their reservation online through the park’s website. During the first year trial of this system, online reservations are limited to one site at any roadside campground. Camping fees for backcountry campsites have been reduced to $20/site per night.

Park hiking trails currently are closed to hiking until snow melt is complete. Park rangers are checking trail conditions regularly and trails will be opened as soon as conditions permit.

Park officials wish to remind campers that to protect the park from invasive destructive insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the European Longhorned Beetle, the transport of firewood into the Park is prohibited.

Hikers or campers headed to the park should check the park’s website, baxterstateparkauthority.com, or call the park headquarters at 207-723-5140 for current information on camping and trail conditions.

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