- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) - Baxter State Park has closed a popular trail that leads to the top of Mount Katahdin.

Park Director Jensen Bissell tells WZON-AM that a rock slide this spring “obliterated” much of the Abol (AYE’-bahl) Trail. He said the area remains unstable, with the potential for more rocks tumbling down.

The Abol Trail is the shortest and steepest trail to the summit with an elevation gain of nearly 4,000 feet. But it’s never been an easy trail because of loose stone and gravel.

Bissell says the trail will be closed for the season. He said park officials need time to examine the trail in detail and determine future options.

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Information from: WZON-AM, https://www.zoneradio.com

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