Appalachian Trail (Section #197)

East Carry Pond to The Forks
Located 14.7 miles from Bingham, Maine (ME)
4 Stars
21,368 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]


The Appalachian Trail (Section #197) has a maximum elevation of 1,530 ft (466 m), a minimum elevation of 485 ft (148 m), and an elevation range of 1,045 ft (319 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,36810.0 mi485 ft1,530 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.6 hrs46.5558 ft1,041 ft
[ B to A ]
3.7 hrs86.81,041 ft558 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #197?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #197 is 10.0 mi (16.1 km) or 21,368 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #197?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #197 in 3.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.7 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #197 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free East Carry Pond to The Forks topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Basin Mountain, ME
  2. North Topo Map: Pierce Pond, ME
  3. Northeast Topo Map: The Forks, ME
  4. West Topo Map: Little Bigelow Mountain, ME
  5. Topo Map: East Carry Pond, ME
  6. East Topo Map: Caratunk, ME
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Poplar Mountain, ME
  8. South Topo Map: Witham Mountain, ME
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Bingham, ME

Is there an Appalachian Trail map for Section #197?

Yes, and they're free! The Appalachian Trail Section #197 is located on the East Carry Pond and The Forks topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

AT197T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #197 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.


  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.