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Some Kathadin Trails Now Open 

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) – Baxter State Park officials sayconditions on the hiking trails on the western slope of MountKatahdin are now suitable for hiking. Park officials said Tuesday they’ve opened the popular Abol andHunt Trails, which provide hiking access to Baxter Peak fromtrailheads at Abol and Katahdin Stream Campgrounds. The 10-mileTraveler Loop Trail in the northern part of the park is also open. Deputy Chief Ranger Stewart Guay says hiking trails on the northand east slopes of Katahdin remain closed due to snow and soft soilconditions. The closed trails include the Chimney Pond and HelonTaylor, and all trails out of Chimney Pond Campground. Baxter Park has over 215 miles of hiking trail and most trailsare now open to hikers.— Online: Baxter State Park: www.baxterstateparkauthority.com