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1 hour ago

Read Katt Bernu's post from June 2018 for a good description. This was an awesome hike of a kind I've not seen elsewhere in the Northeast! I brought mechanic's gloves that had a protective, grippy palm, and I was very glad I had them for all the boulder climbing.

This is a nice trail right on the Maine/New Hampshire border, it gains a fair amount of elevation over a short distance, so it is a decent workout. The view from the tower is great, and there are several spots along the way up with very nice views. I enjoyed being able to see the White Mountains at the same time as Maine's western peaks.

Challenging and fun trail - I did the Eyebrow Trail up and the AT Down. I did this trail years ago when it was foggy. I still loved the fun trail features like the steel cable and ladder rungs that are necessary when the trail is wet. I hiked this July 4 with my dog. There were only a couple spots that I had to help my golden retriever up, but the rest was easily done by her. I definitely would NOT recommend going down the Eyebrow trail as other have said, especially with a dog. The views from the fire tower give you a great 360 of the mountains! I was so glad my hike this time was clear. It was well worth the effort to see the amazing view! Screw Auger Falls a few miles from the parking lot on RT 26 is a great post-hike stop to walk in the stream and cool off!

My dad, who is an active retiree but not a hiker, and I did this hike on a partly sunny day. I was glad we did the AT from RT 4 to get to Saddleback instead of the ski trail because I love all the trail features on the AT. I felt it was more interesting even if it was longer. We didn't make it to the horn because of time. Since my dad is not a hiker, it took us nearly 8 hours (not including time at the top to have lunch) to go the total 10.5 miles. I highly recommend this hike. The views were great!

on Hunt Trail

1 month ago

Amazing work out! 5 of us on June 15th stayed at the NEOC hiked up early to get a good head start. This reminded me of my hikes in Colorado a bit with all the boulders. 3 AT finishers today on the trail. Beautiful weather great views!!

I am out of shape but made it to the top and it was worth the view. Bring plenty of water and maybe some snacks for the top.

Very, very beautiful

Challenging trail with beautiful views! Couldn't imagine doing this trail and not going up the Fire tower. Breathtaking views!

I was in Rangeley for a week, and this hike was my first priority. I was on my own schedule all week, so I purposefully chose the best forecasted weather day and went for it. It would be my first two 4,000 ft peaks, and it surely did not disappoint! 72 degrees at the base lodge of the ski area, 60 degrees at the summit and clear skies the entire day...in Northern Maine...in May. Couldn't have gotten luckier.
The trek up is steep. Very steep. Double black diamond ski trails most of the way up, which as a non-skier, I can't imagine going down with glides attached to my feet. Take the time to stop and look back at the views as you climb...just keeps getting better. There was still some significant snow patches in shady spots throughout. The scenery doesn't end with the summit of Saddleback. There are amazing vistas and outlooks across the entire ridge from Saddleback to the Horn, and back. Atop the Horn, hurricane force winds nearly blew me over a couple times as I was paying too much attention to my camera and not at keeping my balance...it came out of nowhere and was persistent my entire time on the mountain top. I planned to have lunch and a beer, but the wind was too much, so I came back down the ridge before being able to dig in and not have anything blow away. I went by myself, saw a women trail running with her dog about 15 minutes into my climb, then didn't see another human until a man walking his dog on the bunny-hills 10 minutes before I got back to my car. There were moments I definitely feel I was the only person in a 2 mile radius. I started at 10:49am, finished at 5:23pm...LOTS of pausing for pictures, a full sit-down lunch, and plenty of stops at crystal clear ponds and running snowmelt to wet my bandana. I will absolutely be back again to conquer these beasts! Maybe my favorite hike I have ever taken.

hiking
2 months ago

Just hiked this yesterday (6/2/18) and was beautiful!
The road to the trailhead has had a lot of work done to it recently and is in nice shape. They could use a couple more signs along the way so you know which fork to take in the road – but other than that it’s all good.
The trail was in nice shape and well-marked. Views at the summit are spectacular!

Road was washed out, which added two miles to hike (one way). Just did sugarloaf. Tough climb, but summit is totally open with 360 views, with the exception of a cell tower and ski lift. Went up AT, not ski lift trail and would recommend doing this.

2 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike and how much it challenged me! I spent a lot of time climbing mountains in Colorado and this one doesn't even compare, it's a whole different challenge. We got a great day on May 31st, maybe a little warm but at least you could see all the views at the top and along the way! The trail starts out more gradual for about a mile until you cross the stream. Then it gets steeper as you start to hit stone steps and you have about a mile of that interlaced with larger boulders as you get higher up. Around mile 3 you begin to hit the boulder field but it doesn't really start until after you cross a series of bars hammered into some of the rocks. *If you're considering turning around or questioning your stamina, mental/physical endurance, etc, I'd say this is the last easy place to do so. Once you get past the bars, it could be awkward to get back over them and the boulder fields afterwards take up a lot of energy to both ascend and descend. There's 4 of those, some look difficult and scary since this part is pretty exposed and has some steep looking views but I'm pretty short (5'3") and was able to navigate them on my own! Once you pass that be prepared for a mile of climbing basically straight up large boulders. Gloves would have been helpful in this section so your hands have some protection against the granite and shoes with good traction are a must! There's a "false summit" here, you get to the top of the first boulder section only to see another one right in front of you equally as long and steep and maybe a little more exposed/scary feeling. Take your time to place your feet and hands, go slow and you'll be fine! After this second climbing scramble you make it to the tabletop and the Spring/intersection and the hike to the summit is a relatively easy mile from there! The trail is still very rocky but it's pretty flat with just a gradual incline at the last couple hundred feet to the summit which is the first bump you see from the junction, not the second. Bring LOTS of water especially on warm days as there's really nothing above treeline since the spring is basically not there. I had 4 liters plus a Gatorade and I wish I had one more liter. Sunscreen, layers, and a hat to protect your face from the sun are all must haves on this mountain! It's an absolutely incredible hike, definitely one that you should not underestimate. Expect to be out there for 8-10hrs (varies depending on fitness), expect climbing, steep exposed areas, and beautiful views! Overall I loved this challenge and the incredible feeling of accomplishment but I'm glad I'd had a few months of strength and endurance training as well as some scrambling experience before I attempted this climb!

Did a winter hike yesterday before the big nor'eastern came in today. I started at the parking area for old speck/eyebrow and Appalachian trails which is labeled hiking trail parking on the west side of Maine Route 26. Took the Appalachian trail for 3.5 miles, then came to Old Speck trail on the left and followed that .3 miles to summit. (I logged 7.6 miles...not sure why 6.6 miles is listed above) Hike can be steep at times (specially with over a foot of snow) crampons are a must. Some decent over looks during the first section of the hike. Summiting took about 2 hours in the snow. Not great views because the storm had made its way in, however the trees were gorgeous covered in snow.

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hiking
8 months ago

I stayed at Katahdin Stream Campground with my best friend and her cousin during our trip to Maine last month. I was in no way prepared, at least mentally, for the hike we would be embarking on. I love hiking and often go to local trails near my home in south central PA, but I’ve never boulder scrambled or been so challenged before in my life. I’m 20, but I’m definitely not in the best shape and was very nervous for the hike. My best friend planned our entire trip, and made sure I was well prepared for the trek. We all brought about 3 liters of water, food, extra socks, gloves, and layers. We hiked up the Hunt (AT) trail, which we started up around 6:40 on October 16th. The last thing we wanted was to get stuck climbing down the mountain in the dark, but bringing a headlamp or flashlight is a necessity for anyone attempting this hike anyway. But, definitely start early to have as much daylight as you possibly can. My hiking partners were both aware of my abilities, as I was of theirs, and we took breaks and took it slow when needed. There was a very scary point during our ascent though. During the mile long stretch of steep rock scrambling, it got quite foggy and windy and I began wondering whether it was worth it. I was actually scared for my life and in tears at one point, and I began realizing we’d have to not only go up this trail, but also come down it. Along the way, we met many other hikers, all of whom said they’d be taking the Abol trail down to avoid the harsh wind hitting the Hunt trail, so we’d decided to do the same. Every time we thought we must be near the peak, there were more rocks to climb. But, after what seemed like forever, we finally saw it. We reached Baxter Peak in about 5.5/6 hours. All 3 of us had a thin layer of ice on the left side of our bodies, our hair was frozen, and my nose ring definitely had ice hanging from it. It couldn’t have been more than 10 degrees F at the summit, maybe even less with the wind chill. But after all the climbing, we definitely weren’t cold. The fog did clear for us a bit and the sun was shining at the summit, and a wonderful older gentlemen that we met on the way up actually waited for us to take our picture with the sign. I then took his picture, which was special as this was his final trek on the AT. We took in the amazing views before beginning our descent down the Abol trail, which was steeper than Hunt, but not nearly as windy. It was still terrifying for me, but we took our time as there are many loose rocks down this trail. We completed our hike at Abol Campground at 4:30, well before sunset. The hour long walk on the dirt road back to our campsite was nothing after what we’d just accomplished. I definitely would’ve preferred better weather for our hike, but we could’ve had it much worse. I recommend this to anyone looking for gorgeous views and an exhilarating experience in Maine’s largest wilderness. Definitely do your research on the trails available, know your abilities and limits, and listen to the weather forecast as well. If you prepare and pack well, you’ll have an amazing experience climbing Mt. Katahdin. I can’t wait to come back to Baxter State Park and hike some more!

hiking
9 months ago

The road to the trailhead was washed out in parts. Much of the road is covered in large river stones so big that driving on it was like off roaring. You can make it in a truck with high clearance but be prepared to rock and roll.

The trail was very gentle at first. It follows many small streams and crosses a few larger streams. Pick your footwear appropriately.

The view above the tree line is gorgeous.

hiking
9 months ago

Mt Abram is a great hike perfect for moderate to advanced hikers. The views are excellent when you get near the peak and the rock formations for the last 1/4 mile are great. Highly recommend.

great hike. love the different array of peaks you can see when out at the horn.

Summited Pamola, but the winds were whipping too much to risk Knife Edge and the conclusion. Like others have said, more climbing/scrambling than hiking; thick, gummy soles for boots helped. Still my favorite hike to date.

Was not prepared for the rock field, but still super fun despite the challenge.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

the best hike I've been on not for the faint of heart it is very difficult but well worth every step can't wait to go back.

Went down this way from a mount Ellen to Abraham loop. This is very rough terrain on the way down. Would be tricky with a dog.

hiking
10 months ago

I loved it! The whole trail was actually 7.6 miles round trip. Very mossy woods all the way up which was absolutely beautiful. Took us 3 hours to get to the summit. The Old Speck Trail we took was dog friendly with great cooling spots. Starts out steep at first so you get a good cardio in. At the top, I highly recommend you go up the fire tower to get THE best 360* view of Mahoosuc Range. We hiked 7.6 miles in about 7 hours, including an hour at the top. Lots of other things to see around that area as well if you're there for a couple days or a few hours.

Very challenging, vertical hike, but so worth the views! If you are curious enough to venture off trail, you may run into the plane that crashed on the mountain in the 1970s

10 months ago

I made it to the summit of Mt. Katahdin yesterday by Abol trail, which is shorter than hunt trail but steeper! I went down by hunt trail, which has unbelievably breathtaking views! Next time I would try to climb up by hunt trail as well as try to taste the happiness of walking at Knife edge.! :-)

10 months ago

Challenging but unforgettable!

Beautiful and somewhat challenging!

hiking
11 months ago

Stayed at the Penobscot outdoor center and drove into Baxter State Park early in the morning. Beautiful hike with quick, jaw-dropping views. Difficult area that involved a bit of boulder scrambling right before you reach the upper plateau before the summit.

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