9/7, Day 131, Pleasant Pond Lean-to to Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to, 22.0 miles
Today started with a 1000 foot climb of Pleasant Pond Mountain. Later in the day we had another stiff climb up Moxie Bald. One good part was the abundance of blueberries at the top. Dawn, a section hiker, stopped to pick over a pint of berries. The top was the rounded, bare granite we have come to know in Maine. It makes for great open views of the forests dotted with ponds and lakes below.
The map profile showed the afternoon as a flat/downhill hike. We found ourselves climbing a couple hundred feet repeatedly as we followed the river down a canyon. We passed hikers camped along the way – some we knew. We arrived at the shelter just before dark. We pitched the tent and cooked supper in the dark. It was a long, but satisfying day.