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

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.

hiking
2 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!

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.

hiking
2 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.

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!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked it in June of 1999. From South Gate 8 miles to Katahdin Stream Campground. Stayed in Walk-in Lean-to No. 2 one night and 3 another night. (Lean-to’s 1 – 3 or tent sites 24 & 25 are the best sites in the Campground. Lean-to’s best for 2 people or 3, maximum. If with a group, lean-to’s 4 – 8 are best.)

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.

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.

Great trail to do! My friends and I did it on our way up Katadin, and it was a great spot to stop. When we got there around 8am it was a great misty scene, by the time we returned from the summit the lake was beautiful! It truly opened up. Will have to come back to camp for sure!

hiking
3 months ago

Such a beautiful hike dudes

hiking
3 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.

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!

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!

hiking
3 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!!!

hiking
3 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

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.

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