In the following pages are Thoreau’s itineraries from his three journeys to Maine in 1846, 1853 and 1857, assembled from Parker Huber’s book The Wildest Country.
1846: Katahdin via the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Thoreau spent twelve days in Maine and seven nights in the North Woods, including three nights at George McCauslin’s Farm, whose property today has been flooded by Dolby Pond. On September 5, 1846, Thoreau stopped by the home of Thomas Fowler, just upstream from McCauslin’s Farm and persuaded him to guide the expedition. From there, Thoreau, Fowler, and three other travelers, made their way up through Quakish Lake, North Twin Lake, Ambajejus Lake, around Passamagamet Falls into the Debsconeag Deadwater. They continued up the West Branch to Abol Stream, where they camped for a night before setting out to climb Katahdin.