Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Baxter State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
rocky
scramble
20 days ago

10 PM and 2 beers in, my friend & I decided to hike Mt Katahdin via Saddle Trail in the morning, WOW! We started hiking at 9 am not knowing if we would be able to summit. The 3.3 mile hike to Chimney Pond was moderate, fairly rocky terrain. We heard mixed reviews about summiting Mt Katahdin due to possible snow/ice conditions. From Chimney Pond to Mt Katahdin took us 2.5 hours to cover 2.2 miles. To our surprise, our day went from hiking to on our hands and knees climbing huge boulders in a practical vertical accent. As insane as it was, we did always have good grips and we weren't falling or using microspikes! The wind at the top could wake up a dead person. It was a bit much. Never the less, we continued and proudly made it to the summit of Mt Katahdin at 2 PM. The views and picture with the sign were worth all the struggles! On the way down we heard moose calls! But did not see them. We returned to our car at 6:15 PM. If anyone plans on doing this hike in the next week before the park closes, give yourself plenty of time and bring head lamps as it gets dark around 5 PM. Overall it was a fun hike and we're glad we did it. For some perspective, my friend and I are avid New York State Adirondack Mountain Hikers, and we agreed this was the hardest hike we've ever done. We would recommend it though: bring headlamps, water, and a good attitude!

hiking
rocky
scramble
22 days ago

We started the day late and this was perfect for that. Not many on the trail, quick, easy. little muddy and rocky but overall good! pretty nice falls and mountain view! Entered at Daicey Pond campground

hiking
blowdown
rocky
washed out
23 days ago

Did this hike with my 21 year old son on August 6th, the most gorgeous day of the summer. Everyone else in the park was on Katahdin so we had the entire double top to ourselves. Not a lot of views on the accent but reaching the first peak and then hiking over to the eastern top was spectacular. 4-5 hours up n down. We drove up to Neosiwdahunk stream from Katahdin Stream campground and hiked from there. Post hike swim a must at the ledges.

Rocky start, beams over muddiest parts. went in the fall, cool weather, few bugs, not many people on the trail. few views of the mountains, only real views are the falls.

hiking
27 days ago

I just want to say how great Baxter sp is and how good the rangers are there. Hiked Oct 14. Drove from Acadia( way too crowded) Went up Helon across knife down saddle to chimney back to parking lot. We got robbed because it was so cloudy and windy at the peak but the knife's edge is fun regardless. If you go during this time bring extra layers. gloves and a hat. The wind was ferocious. The hike very strenuous, took 9 hours and we are experienced.

hiking
bridge out
rocky
scramble
28 days ago

Climbing up all the boulders is the best part of this trail. We had a cloudy day, but had a break for a few minutes right around 4000 ft and it made the whole trip worth it. Coming back in better weather!

Parked at Katahdin Steam > up Hunt Trail > over Knife Edge > down Helon Taylor > Hired a driver out of Millinocket to drive us from Roaring Brook parking back to Katahdin Stream Four of us did this trail last month, and all of us concurred that it was the hardest hike any of us had ever done. A year ago I did the W-Trek in Patagonia, and this was definitely harder if distance is taken out of the equation. Boulders going up and boulders going down. I highly advise a little planning for this trip. Leave time to plan around bad weather. If you don't live in Maine, parking spots open up 2 weeks ahead of time. Reserving a parking space is a must! We arrived at Baxter State Park 45 minutes before the gate opened and were probably 20th in line to get in. The trail took us exactly 13 hours including lots of breaks and lunch before starting across Knife Edge. I openly admit I am a ridiculously slow hiker. We had no intentions of it taking that long, but the last hour was in total darkness. Bring a headlamp just in case. Also, must packs are 4-6 liters of water and gloves. There are no words nor are there pictures that can portray how incredible the top of Katahdin and Knife Edge is. I don't consider myself a hiker, back packer, athletic, or a risk taker, but now that the pain from this hike has subsided, I think I might do it again.

What a gem in Maine! I managed to hit this trail during peak leaf color season. The hike started in the multi-colored forest as I scrambled boulders upwards until I was above both treeline and clouds! The Knife Edge was easily my favorite part, and I would have to say that, in my opinion, in tops Angel's Landing in terms of exposure--tread carefully! This unique mountain is a must-do!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely amazing

Great hike we did Hamlin first no bugs this time of year and beautiful fall colors. Don’t miss this hike

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and fun trail by itself. The views are amazing regardless of the weather. Tend to spot lots of wildlife every time I’ve gone! Great trail!

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
1 month ago

It had been about 20 years since I hiked the hunt trail. Subsequent hikes had favored the great hikes up from chimney pond. Today it was forecast to be rainy and likely snowy at the summit. I elected for the Hunt Trail as my memory served me that this was a rather easy trail. And yes, it is easy until you hit the boulders. I passed several other parties coming down as I ascended and each time asked them how the snow was. Each time I was told oh it’s OK. I had naïvely assumed that they had summitted. However, when I made my way up to the first ladder, I realized that there were no subsequent tracks ahead of me in the snow. Each party had turned around at the ladder. Nevertheless I forged ahead and made it to the top of the Boulder ascent. It was slippery and grueling. I could hardly make out the trail and elected just to make my own way. From atop the boulder field it is a slow and grinding crawl to the summit. In complete white out conditions and 20 years of memory failing me, it seemed to go on forever. And it was very hard to keep the trail. Finally, at the Abol Crossing other hikers had gone before me and I was able to follow their tracks to the summit. This helped. But still with the summit nowhere within sight, it crawled along. Slowly, more and more of the mountain seemed to reveal itself but I was losing time before the 1pm turnaround. .At the summit, I made the mistake of putting my gloves in my bag rather than my jacket and on the descent I started to get very nervous about frostbite as my gloves had now turned to ice. .The forecast at base called for 35 mph winds with sleet and snow and 28° weather. It sure felt colder than that. With The snow and sleet hitting my face hard on the descent I wondered if I was going to be able to tackle the Boulders successfully by myself without anyone else on the trail. I was very nervous. If I fell, I would be in serious trouble.The tracks that I had laid before had now turned to ice. Slowly I made my descent. What a yelp of hurrah as I made it to tree line. 6 hours base to summit and back. It was a day to remember. And yes, I would do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Started at Roaring Brook campground. Got to the gate at 6:00. Had to wait to get in (we hired a shuttle). Started on the trail at 7 AM. Hiked into Chimney Pond. Took 90 minutes. We moved at a fast clip. Very cold start of the AM. We weren’t recommended to hike Cathedral due to the snow and ice. Hiked up saddle (first time going up this route). Seemed easier compared to other trails. Top of saddle was beautiful. There was ice and snow - we brought crampons. Baxter Peak was packed. We returned via Abol. (No ice nor snow). Going down Abol was tough for the first 25% ~ very steep. The rest wasn’t so bad. Very tough hike overall. Almost 9 miles.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

Took my group 10.5 hours to complete and we are slightly above average hikers. Knifes edge seemed super sketchy/difficult at first and we almost turned around, but I’m so glad we didn’t because it ended up getting easier and was just amazing. The “saddle slide” after Baxter peak just sucks, but it ends eventually. Lots of scrambling so gloves were a life saver. One of the hardest hikes I have ever done, but definitely worth it.

Hiked on Oct 3, 2019. Perfect weather: sunny, calm winds, about 35 degrees F on summit. Headed up Heylon Taylor, over Knife's Edge, up to Hamlin Peak, down Hamlin Ridge to Chimney Pond. Stayed the night there and down to Roaring Brook the next day. I am not extremely in shape but became an avid hiker this past year. This was definitely the most challenging (and beautiful) hike I've done thus far. By the time I had reached the summit and started toward Hamlin, my body was tired and I had slowed down a lot. That being said, it took me about 11 hours to get to Chimney Pond, which included some food and photo breaks. It took about 2 hours to get from Chimney Pond to Roaring Brook. I would describe this hike in two words: Holy Rocks. All different types of rocks. A lot of rock hopping and scrambling. Make sure you wear good hiking boots. I also wore half finger bouldering gloves which definitely helped with all the cold and jagged rocks I had to grab. Knife's Edge sounds scarier than it really is. It is breathtaking. I could see why people with a fear of heights would not want to do it and how a fall in certain places would be very dangerous or fatal. You just have to be sure of your footing. The chimney is definitely tricky, especially because I am short (5' 2") and I needed a boost a couple of times from my hiking partner. My height worked against me a couple of times during the hike but it wasn't terrible. If I were to give advice, it's this: -don't wear a large pack if crossing Knife's Edge (the rangers recommend 15-20 lbs max) -hydrate the day before and bring plenty of water and protein rich snacks -bring something to carry trash (v strict leave no trace policy, no biodegradable food scraps allowed on trail) -definitely stop at chimney pond at some point. the view is incredible

I was so glad I stopped to use an outhouse, because behind it was the trail. Since I went in October, which I definitely will again, the leaves were turning color, as well as the blueberry ridge/fields, and you can walk along a stream. It's about three miles to get to the ledges, but if you want to take a different trail back, which is a little more flat/easy, take the trail heading downstream. You might notice a couple more hidden viewing areas along the way. (Oops! an Acadia National Park photo got in there.)

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