BMT: Segment 23b (Mountains-To-Sea Trail)
ElevationAscent: 2,711' 826 m
Descent: -142' -43 m
High: 5,048' 1,539 m
Low: 2,412' 735 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“The section of the Benton MacKaye Trail along the Mounatains-To-Sea Trail to Newton Bald.”— Richard Harris
Trail Description: The BMT heads downstream from the junction of the Pole Road Creek Trail at mile 242.0 along the side of Deep Creek for only 0.6 miles before heading up the Martins Gap Trail at mile 242.6. At mile 242.1, just a short distance downstream along Deep Creek is Burnt Spruce Campsite #56. Bryson Place Campsite #57 (reservations required) is at the Deep Creek Trail / Martin's Gap Trail intersection at mile 242.6. The Martins Gap Trail climbs steeply up Sunkota Ridge to Martins Gap at mile 244.1. Here the trail intersects the Sunkota Ridge Trail which follows the ridgeline. Turn left uphill on the Sunkota Ridge and continue to climb steeply toward Newton Bald. At mile 249.0 the Sunkota Ridge Trail intersects the Thomas Divide Trail. Turn right on the Thomas Divide Trail to the Newton Bald Trail Junction at mile 249.3. A short distance up the Newton Bald Trail is the Newton Bald Campsite #52 at mile 249.9 (5000').
Campsites: There are three campsites along Deep Creek very close to each other, the Pole Road Campsite #55 (reservations required) at mile 242.0, Burnt Spruce Campsite #56 at mile 242.1, and Bryson Place Campsite #57 (reservations required) at mile 242.6. The next campsite is up on top of Newton Bald at mile 249.9
Water Sources: Water is available along Deep Creek, then is scarce until you reach the Newton Bald Campsite at mile 249.9. There is a spring about 150 feet down the east side from the campsite. So stock up on water before leaving Deep Creek. All water should be treated. The stretch of the BMT between campsite #57 on Deep Creek and campsite #52 on Newton Bald is essentially dry for about 7 miles. You might luck out and find an occasional seep in wet weather, but don't count on it.
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