Baxter Peak Via Cathedral Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Millinocket, Maine that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Millinocket, ME: Travel approximately 15 miles north on SR 11 to reach the Togue Pond Gate. Bear right and travel about 8 miles to the Roaring Brook Campground. Begin on Chimney Pond Trail from beside the ranger's cabin. Hike approximately 3 miles to Chimney Pond Campground. Trail begins just west of the ranger's mountain cabin.
"Had" to go up Cathedral because of the slide on Dudley. It was rainy so the rocks were slick and there were definitely some sketchier passages, especially for the 5'1 member of our party. Skipped the knifes edge because of poor visibility, but you can still do an out and back on it if you want. Overall, making a loop up Pamola via Dudley is the superior hike, but while they sort out the slide Cathedral is a fine substitute.
LOVED this trail! This was one of my first experiences with bouldering/scrambling and I really enjoyed the hike.
First timer, won't be my last. Excellent, had everything thrown at you, you want it, this trail has it.
Unbelievably exhilarating and terrifying in spots. I'll do it again in a heartbeat!
Amazing hike. Was caught in freezing rain on my way up and still had the time of my life. I have to do this trail again!.
Amazing views of the Katahdin basin as you as ascend this steep and exposed ridge trail.
Amazing trail, if you're into being completely exposed while bouldering and being on all fours for most of the trail. This is one I'll never forget and dream of doing again!
Steep, rocky trail that will intimidate beginners. Other than one or two spots this trail isn't nearly as bad as it looks from Chimney Pond. And that's from a guy who has a fear of heights. Don't plan on going down this trail. It's really a bad idea. Beautiful views - nearly unmatched unless you do Knife's Edge.
WOW!! Awesome, Hiked this trail with snow and ice on it. Very,Very cool. Highly recommended.