Popular trail up Mount Katahdin will be moved by autumn 2015

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MILLINOCKET — One of the most popular routes up Mountain Katahdin will be relocated as the state deals with the ramifications of a 2013 rock slide.

The Portland Press Herald reports the new trail to Katahdin’s summit should be finished by fall of 2015. The rock slide sent car-sized boulders down Abol Trail, leaving the terrain unstable and forcing closure of the route. The $102,000 relocation job will take about 18 weeks next year.

The old Abol Trail was the fastest way for hikers to scale Baxter Peak, Maine’s highest point. The new trail will have the same name and will be slightly longer but less strenuous.

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