Head North Ski Days is a weeklong winter recreation event offering free XC ski and snowshoe equipment rentals for visitors to enjoy the beautiful terrain in the north end of the Monument.

Head North Ski Days 2020

Date TBD
North Gate of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Free rentals of XC skis, boots, and poles or snowshoe equipment

Over 16 miles (25 km) of trails throughout the north end of the Monument are groomed courtesy of EPI. On XC skis or on snowshoes, you can explore along the shores of East Branch of the Penobscot River and head south to Stair Falls, Haskell Pitch, or the Big Spring Brook.

Volunteers are on standby by to get you, your group, or your family trained up and ready to hit the trails. We recommend you wear warm layers, and pack yourself water, lunch, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Before or after your adventure through the Monument, stop by the firepit at the trailhead for hot cocoa and marshmallows.

Snowshoers visiting the groomed trails should be careful not to tread on the grooming and whenever possible should stay to the side of the trails.

For a preview of the trails, check out the KWWNM Cross Country Ski Map. And if you’d like to check in on trail conditions, visit the Katahdin Woods and Waters Facebook.


Visit the National Park Service’s Katahdin Woods and Waters Directions page for directions to the North/Matagamon entrance or plug in the linked coordinates to Google Maps.

Overnight TRIPS

Adventurers interested in a winter backcountry overnight experience are invited to reach out to Susan Adams, Recreation Manager at EPI, for information on overnight parking and accommodations within the Monument. Susan can be reached via email at lunksoos@gmail.com

Local Accommodations

If you’re interested in exploring the Monument or surrounding communities for more than a day-tip  – which we highly recommend – be sure to check out accommodations at some of the places listed here on our website or the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce website.

This event made possible in 2019 with support