Baxter Park North (KP Dam Backcountry Campsite, Burnt Mountain)

I did a quick solo overnight trip to the north end of Baxter State Park, camping at KP Dam and hiking Burnt Mountain at sunrise.  

Although categorized as a backcountry campsite, KP Dam is reached by a short flat 1,000 foot walk.  The site is well maintained and has a picnic table, fire pit, large flat area for tents and a pit toilet.  It's close enough to Trout Brook that you can hear the stream all night and close enough to the road that you could haul firewood in if you wanted.  Unfortunately I arrived after dark and departed before sunrise so don't have pictures of the site.  

I woke early this morning to climb Burnt Mountain in the northwest corner of the park, hoping to see the sunrise.  It was a pleasant hike with gradual elevation gain most of the way and only a short steep climb for the last 1/4 mile. I arrived at the top in time for the sunrise; however the view opens to the south.  Nevertheless it was a fun hike.


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