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Record-setting Appalachian Trail hike ended with citations

Scott Jurek finished the 2,189-mile trail in 46 days and eight hours.
Scott Jurek finished the 2,189-mile trail in 46 days and eight hours.Luis Escobar/AP

July has been a big month for ultramarathoner Scott Jurek.

The Colorado man, 41, completed the Appalachian Trail in record time on July 12, popped champagne upon reaching the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine, and then was issued three citations by a Baxter State Park ranger.

Jurek finished the 2,189-mile trail in 46 days and eight hours, beating the record by three hours and documenting the final day on his social media accounts. The posts, however, didn’t mention the citations — which were given for consuming alcohol in the park, littering, and hiking in a group with more than 12 people, the maximum number the park allows.


“We really don’t think that the top of Katahdin should smell like a bar,” Baxter Park Director Jensen Bissell told the Portland Press Herald. “He hiked down with the summons.”

The omission of the citations in Jurek’s social media posts and stories of his journey didn’t seem to sit well with Bissell and the state park staff. Bissell penned a lengthy post on Baxter State Park’s Facebook page, denouncing the manner in which Jurek celebrated atop Mount Katahdin and his perceived lack of respect for the park’s rules, which differ starkly in some ways from the rest of the Appalachian Trail.

Here is the post in full:

Ultramarathoning in Baxter Park – another perspective.Our Facebook page is a great place to celebrate the nature of...

Posted by Baxter State Park on Thursday, July 16, 2015

According to the state park’s website, a person who violates the rules “commits a civil violation” and can face a fine up to $1,000. The full clause:

“A person who violates any of the rules of the Baxter State Park Authority or a condition of a permit issued under those rules commits a civil violation for which a fine of not more than $1,000 may be adjudged. Persons violating other applicable laws within the Park may also be punished in accordance with the provisions of those laws. In addition, persons violating these rules may be required immediately to leave the Park, and the Authority may revoke the privilege of any person who violates these rules to enter the Park for a specified period.”