Winter visitors can expect a space of quiet solitude and beauty in the glistening Maine's North Woods. Visitors can experience the monument by cross country skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. Hiking with additional winter traction (microspikes, ice cleats, trail crampons) on waterproof hiking boots is recommended for icy conditions. For updated hours and weather, please visit the current conditions page, or call 207-456-6001. No ranger-led hikes nor talks are currently scheduled in winter.
Tips for a Safe Winter Visit
No potable water is available, so all drinking water should be brought in or properly treated before drinking. Bringing an insulated container is a good way to keep liquids from freezing.
Melting Snow for Water
Lowered body temperatures affects a person's dexterity, judgement, and vision. Dress appropriately in layers that can be adjusted to changing conditions.
Symptoms to Watch For
An ever present danger in cold climates is hypothermia, a condition created when you lose body heat faster than you create it. Early symptoms of hypothermia include slurred speech, trembling, exhaustion, stumbling, and impaired judgment. Unchecked, symptoms may progress to mental confusion, unconsciousness, and eventually death. Hypothermia can result from cold ambient temperatures between 30 and 60 degrees F, especially when accompanied by wind or rain. Should you get wet, you must be aware that hypothermia will likely follow.
Take Preventative Action
Put on rainwear or warm clothes before you become soaked or cold. Ventilate or remove clothing layers before you sweat. Wrap sleeping bags and clothing in plastic bags. Eat high calorie food throughout the day before you become exhausted. Keep hydrated. Make sure all members of your party are aware of the symptoms of hypothermia and look out for each other. Be aware that wind chill can reduce the apparent temperature significantly, and driving a snowmobile fast creates your own windchill. Slow down!
What to Do When Experiencing Hypothermia
The objective of hypothermia treatment is to rewarm as fast as possible. Begin by finding a spot out of the wind, removing wet clothing, and adding dry layers. Then, feed and heat.
HEAT means rewarm quickly by exercising and moving. Walk about or practice isometric exercises inside the tent or shelter. Body movement and exercise will usually affect rewarming considerably more than remaining still under piles of sleeping bags. Avoid alcohol as it increases heat loss. If a hypothermic patient ceases shivering, exhibits a dramatic decrease in mental status such as hallucinations and unconsciousness, and their core body temperature is below 90 degrees, the patient has severe hypothermia. Field rewarming of severely hypothermic patients can be dangerous, and is usually not effective. Transport the patient to the nearest medical facility.
Before You Arrive
At the monument
Last updated: December 18, 2023