Baxter Peak Via Cathedral Trail

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Baxter Peak Via Cathedral Trail is a 8.7 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.

8.7 miles
3779 feet
Out & Back



trail running




no dogs

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.

8 months ago

I’d call this “hiking” as a very loose term. This is straight up rock climbing without the need for ropes and carabiners. Chose a gorgeous day with regard to temperature - winds were 20-25 mph with gusts at times to approx 35-40 mph. Made an already incredibly challenging climb even more challenging. This is not for the faint of heart or for those with a borderline crippling fear of heights. I had a lot of support along with a healthy fear of heights and thankfully a strong body and a no quit mind set. Please note, you are fully exposed along this “trail” and if it is raining or snowing don’t even attempt this. I agree with the other reviews that it should NOT be a trail that is taken to descend. The difficulty level is strenuous and challenging going up - down is in a game all it’s own. If you’re looking for a challenge, this is it. We completed the Chimney Pond Trail to Cathedral Trail to Baxter Peak, then across Knife Edge and descended Helon Taylor. Plan for a full day of hiking with a lot of changes of clothing to accommodate for the temperature changes as you ascend Mt Katahdin. Completed this hike 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!

8 months ago

Body took a straight pounding from this one and was sore the way back and the next day. All of the guys who did it were in really good shape and we pushed ourselves to the limit. Don't attempt this anywhere close to the winter. It made the bouldering suppppper difficult, the summit was windy and cold.

11 months ago

The most challenging section was between the base and the first cathedral.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"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.

Monday, September 05, 2016

LOVED this trail! This was one of my first experiences with bouldering/scrambling and I really enjoyed the hike.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

First timer, won't be my last. Excellent, had everything thrown at you, you want it, this trail has it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Unbelievably exhilarating and terrifying in spots. I'll do it again in a heartbeat!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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!.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Amazing views of the Katahdin basin as you as ascend this steep and exposed ridge trail.

Friday, September 18, 2015

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!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

WOW!! Awesome, Hiked this trail with snow and ice on it. Very,Very cool. Highly recommended.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

recorded Chimney Pond to Cathedral

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010