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    Lisa "Cheeks" Pilkinton, an AT thru-hiker from Makyate, England, eats dinner after sunset at Horns Pond Campground at dawn. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

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    Lisa Pilkinton ascends the final leg to the South Horns Peak after spending time at the Horns Pond camp on Bigelow Mountain.

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    Cornelius Rumblejunk ascends the final 3/10ths of a mile from the Horns Pond campground to South Horns Peak on the Bigelow Range. The final hike to the peak takes about a half-hour.

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    A signpost marks directions and mileage to the summit of South Horns Peak on Bigelow Mountain as well as other locales.

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    The Horns Pond campground, which draws about 3,000 to 4,000 visitors per year, is Maine's most popular backcountry spot along the Appalachian Trail.

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    The night has gone, the new day has begun and Lisa Pilkinton packs up her tent at the Horns Pond camp at dawn.

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    There's little room for error at the Horns Pond wilderness camp with signs and maps keeping Appalachian Trail hikers in Maine well informed.

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    Cornelius Rumblejunk enjoys what so many other Appalachian Trail hikers have enjoyed – the view to remember from South Horns Peak.

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    Horns Pond campground, nestled to the left of its namesake pond, as seen from the summit of South Horns Peak. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

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    Cornelius Rumblejunk, a thru-hiker from Austin, Texas, rounds a bend on his way to the summit of South Horns Peak. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

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    Early morning fog sweeps over North Horn Mountain in waves. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

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    Sugarlof U.S.A. is visible from the tail to Horns Pond campground. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

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    The shoulder of South Horn Peak is visible in morning light as fog sweps over Horns Pond, near Maine's most popular backcountry campground. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

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    Cornelius Rumblejunk's backpack is festooned with patches for completing segments of the Appalachian Trail on his way to Mount Katahdin. Rumblejunk began his hike on March 13. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

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