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Hiking and Camping to FL September 2017

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We took a vacation through maine and the last big thing was to hike both peaks of katahdin and check off 2 more peaks of the list of 67, it was a great and challenging hike, and it can definitely kick your butt at some points but well worth it at the top!

Your legs will burn. But it is so worth it!!! This is the first "true" hike I did! I was supposed to do it with my bro, but at the last minute, his job called him, so I went alone! What an adventure it was! Who could have known that it was only the beginning of a bigger adventure! Two years later, I was in Nepal facing the Mt Everest!

13 days ago

Traction needed for much of the hike on the way up. The hike on the way up was very scenic along waterfalls, the hike down was incredibly boring logging path with no views and very wet.

on Mount Katahdin Loop

1 month ago

Strenuous, but very fulfilling! I’ve climbed this mountain twice. It’s life-changing. Do it..

2 months ago

This was one of the more memorable hikes of my life. I did it late in the season (knifes edge had just iced over a bit), and was the only one on the mountain. And no bugs! I would highly recommend doing this early winter, if of course the park ranger says it’s not too dangerous. There aren’t many days in life that are memorable, but I’d imagine for most that hiking this mountain is one.

A hair raiser but excellent hike. Only do this one in good weather.

This is a great hike.

Just an FYI for others going in winter. the Falls trail is closed unless you have crampons, rope and an ice axe. You have to register in the main office.

4 months ago

good hike with scouts. starting to get icy so beware

This is one of if not my all time favorite hike. If you go early in the morning you can have the trail all to yourself.

Unbelievable really. The most exhilarating hike in New England if not the entire Northeast. Don’t even think about doing this hike unless you are in great physical shape and an experienced hiker.

This hike is beautiful but most spectacular in the fall and the waterfalls continue to amaze me. The steps and rocks can get a little slippery when wet and with leaves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. In comparison to other hikes I would rate it moderate. This will always be one of my most favorite hikes.

4 months ago

Best view I’ve ever seen. Make sure to go on a day with good weather or you won’t even be able to see the view and path can get narrow. If you go in late summer you might be lucky enough to see some Thru Hikers! Took us about 3 1/2 hours total up the AT trail and down knives edge. May take longer and we were in top shape.

4 months ago

sawteeth pyramid gothics and armstrong loop. awesome. left parking lot at 830am and back to parking lot at 6pm. forgot to turn off recorder when back at parking

Great hike and beautiful views at the top, the beginning is long with little elevation gain but spikes two thirds of the way in. Head out early to beat the sunset!

One of the most rewarding mountains I've ever climbed. In my opinion one of the only climbs in the east that is comparable to mountains out west. Similar to some climbs I've done in the Rockies. Some class III even class IV maneuvers near the chimney section of the knife edge. We climbed on October 23rd, 50+ degrees and sunny with 10-15mph winds ON THE PEAK: very rare for this time of year. One local said it was the warmest October since the 1940s. A lot of websites/forums will mislead you saying Baxter closes the trails on October 15th which is totally false. Just monitor weather very closely, NE weather at altitude is known to be dangerous and unpredictable. Always carry gloves, warm hat, rain gear, layers, dry socks, high calorie foods, flashlight and first aid/moleskin. My girlfriend and I consumed about 5 liters of water combined. Bear spray is not needed because the black bears are very skittish in this area. Keep a safe distance from moose because bull moose can gore you to death. You are above the tree line for at least 60% of this hike. Do not attempt after first snow event or with any rime ice unless very experienced and with proper gear because there is a great deal of exposure in some places and one slip could be fatal. Also do not attempt with a fear of heights. Be prepared for 9-10 miles of very strenuous hiking/boulder hopping/climbing/sliding with about 4000 ft of elevation gain depending on route. We started at roaring brook and took Helon Taylor (pr: Heel-on) up and Saddle down which I thought was the best route. Dudley is closed and taking Cathedral down looked deadly. Do not recommend reversing loop because it is a lot more suspenseful doing knife edge as you approach south peak and baxter peak, also reversing would save a lot of tough climbing for the end. Anyways, be prepared and have fun!

My boyfriend and I went in early July of 2017. We did not get there earlier enough to complete the trail and walk along knifes edge. It was an incredible trail with awesome scenery. Living in MO I was blown away by the beauty of Maine and what this trail offered.
It was very rainy the day we went, hiking poles would have been nice. We were unsure on what to expect on this trail and if we ever get the chance to return will be more prepared.

We only hiked to Puzzle Mountain, but the trail and views were amazing!

A great hike! It is fairly narrow at points with a lot of people so it can slow you down. Wear boots! The rocks and steps can get slippery. We did the entire loop from Rte. 118, worth the extra miles. We took a left where the trails meet and went up the left side of the falls. Although it is steeper, I thought this was better than going up the right so we didn't have to traverse down the slippery rocks. It makes the Glenoga falls (94') even better when you see it first from the bottom.

Such a beautiful hike dudes

5 months ago

Beware that no dogs are allowed and this restriction is strictly enforced. The parking is across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. and is at the southerly of the two junctions of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. (not "Ausable Club Rd.") On a busy weekend, you will likely have to park on the highway. From the parking area, walk 1/2-mile up the road past a golf course. Just before reaching he large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register.

Great hike, even in the rain. We started at St Hubert’s and followed Lake Road out to Pyramid. We summitted Pyramid, Gothics, and Armstrong in the rain and wind. Even though we missed out on the views this time, it still felt like a great accomplishment. The weather broke around noon, so we had sunshine on Upper Wolfjaw and Lower Wolfjaw. We took our time and were cautious in the rain and wind, so it took us about 12 hours. Excited to hike this loop again in better weather.

Scariest thing I’ve ever done. This made Cathedral Trail seem easy!!!!! We had 20-25 mph winds on a clear day, with gusts up to 35 mph, possibly more. Don’t even attempt this if it is raining, icy or snowing. I have a healthy fear of heights and this was the most challenging trek mentally. Physically it is not all that demanding but excess caution should be used. This is mostly climbing and scrambling. Make sure you get to the Togue Pond Gate EARLY if you don’t have a parking pass. They save approximately 5 parking spots for those without passes. We parked at Roaring Brook Campground and trekked Chimney Pond, up Cathedral to Baxter Peak and across Knife Edge and descended via Helon Taylor. This is a full day hike - and for me, mentally challenging. It was a full body physical effort for much of Cathedral and Knife Edge, make sure you’re fully prepared for this. Also make sure you have plenty of attire to accommodate your needs as the temperature can change vastly as you summit. Completed on 10/1/17. **Additionally** we did encounter a black bear about a mile into our trek on Chimney Pond Trail. Just make sure you use caution and educate yourself about what to do if you run into wildlife. We had (obv) no issues, but worth tossing into the description!

Peak foliage provided spectacular colors. The forest shifted colors at least 5 times from pink, orange, red, yellow, and evergreens. Fog and rain on the summit, so unfortunately no views. Challenging hike at times.

first timer today, definitely one of the best hikes I've found. Rocks can be slippery in sections, also very crowded.

5 months ago

"EPIC!!! Just EPIC!!!"

To all the people who are in love with hiking and living in the eastern part of North America, you sure don't want to miss the opportunity to hike this amazing mountain that is the Mt Katahdin! What an adventure! I woke up at 04h30am on a Saturday of August and I was the first to put my name on the sheet at the ranger station that day! Perfect weather, all geared up with my backpack and my gopro, nothing was going to stop me from reaching the top! WOW, what a view!!!

5 months ago

October 2, 2017, Totally spectacular views during an extremely difficult hike. Took 13 hours on a beautiful sunny day, tshirt weather. Did the loop

5 months ago

A very fun loop that was clearly marked.

5 months ago

A great trail that can get wet and slippery, but the scenery and waterfalls makes up for the challange.

That was amazing! first time for me and a friend, we started at Roaring Brook parking lot, did it by Chimney Pond, Cathedral, knife edge then Helon. We did it in 8h25min with 25min for lunch at Baxter Peak. We loved so much this hike that we must return next year; same trail, same loop. I drank 4liters of water but it was really hot and humid. Don't forget to buy your permit (parking/hiking) before going - you can't do it if they are all reserved since there is a certain amount of people that can go per day. Lots of scrambling, some places are more technical but nothing too hard, just take your time and enjoy the view, Katahdin is unique!

So we hiked this section after coming up from the saddle trail. i will break up the knife's edge into 3 sections . easy, hard, very hard. the first section was remarkably easy and mostly hiking on rocks. then after a small descent comes the hard part. the path becomes pretty narrow and some care is required. slowly it becomes a crawl across rocks and it alternates a bit between a crawl and climb. we were probably a bit more on the safer side since we were pretty much amateurs at this type of a climb. There is a portion of 15-20 feet where u are on the edge literally holding on to the rocks sideways . this was probably the hardest part of the hike. I kept thinking this would have to be the hardest part and there cant be anything worse.. but i guess there still is something left. the chimneys( no idea why the **** its named so ) . WE had originally planned to climb this part up but since we took the wrong trail.( i.e miss the helon taylor trail) . It is very narrow section where u cannot see where to go next, cause u cannot see where to place ur feet next or where to hold on to. It's kind of a leap of faith moment for whoever is ahead since the rest can follow. I had to steady my nerves and literally find a way to descend... once u do it you will fell it was easy but finding where to place ur legs and where to hold on to is the hard part. . after this i took an alternate easy path to reach the summit of pamola peak(50m). the trail also was easy itself apparently but i was pretty much done taking any more risks by the end of it. Somehow i feel it is better to do the knife's edge from baxter to pamola atleast the first time since you would be crawling/climbing up and not down which is probably more natural. it took us 2 hours to do this section. sure we could have done it faster, but for amateurs i think this we did it in reasonable time. the hike down pamola to roaring brook campground feels like a never ending journey. I was more tired mentally than physically to tell the truth. It was a full moon night and yet it was pitch black. do get headlamps. I mean headlamps and not flashlights. because the path down is very rocky and at most times you need to use ur hands. It is hard to find the trail indicators in the night and any form of gps would be very useful. We had to cling onto another group since we were pretty much the last peple coming back and we did not want to get lost in any way.
Upon reaching the campgrounds safely my happiness knew no bounds. This is not a hike i would advise anyone to take up unless you done some hiking at high elevations . if the weather is even slighty foggy or if rain is around the corner do not attemp this. It is ridicoulously easy to slip here since the rocks are loose in some places. carry sufficient water. atleast 2-3 litres.

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