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AMAZING. Definitely challenging but worth it. Be advised: the hike down the Hamlin Ridge Trail is rugged and strenuous. Also, once you get to the last leg and start dreaming of cheeseburgers, you still have three miles to go :)
Nonetheless it was totally worth every ache and pain.

It’s a great hike with great views. This trail has quite a bit of rock climbing. Even if you hike slow it’s still worth doing- bring a headlamp and finish in the dark. If you don’t like rock climbing there is a great waterfall about 1.5 miles in that’s easy to get to.

If you go to the top watch the weather report and be prepared for different types of weather. A few days ago we had sleet on the way up, sunny and 65 at the top, and heavy clouds on the way down.

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21 days ago

This trail has moderate and difficult terrain. Please read the hiking checklist at baxterstatepark.org before you embark on a Katahdin hike. We saw several under-prepared hikers and you really need to be at full attention on this hike. The Hunt Trail's challenging boulder field turned several people around as there are some technical moves that are as difficult on the descent as they are going up. We hiked at an average pace and took 4:45 up, and about 4 down. That is with a couple of food and water stops. So plan your time accordingly.

The views at the top are some of the best in the northeast and well worth the strenuous hike and time commitment. Under tree-line there are a couple of tough boulder moves as well but nothing like the boulder field, where you ascend well over 1000 vertical feet in less than a mile. This takes by far the most time but is the most rewarding. When you get to "The Gateway" you still have about an hour but it's easy compared to what you just did. But descending the field is treacherous. Use extreme caution.

Love the trail. A lot of good mushroom pictures. Wish there was not high winds the day I was there was not able to go to the peak. Definitely worth the hike

This is not an easy walk down a boardwalk or bog bridges. Most the trail has tree roots and rocks. The views of the falls are accessible and worth the trip.

This was my favorite hike I have done on the East Coast yet. Highly recommended. I would advise a little caution navigating knife edge but the experience was well worth it. There does exist a vertical climb/scramble thing that is about 40' of vertical on both sides of a notch on knife edge. Awesome though!

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1 month ago

Outstanding hike, as good as it gets. Prepare to use all fours in spots. I completed this in early September. It was 75 and completely clear. I am so spoiled. It was tough on my knees, going up and coming down. The views are second to known. I went up the Hunt Trail and came back down the Abol Trail.

This is only for folks who are in great shape. You essentially climb Maine’s most difficult peak twice. There are easier ways to do this; the rangers at Baxter State Park do not recommend this “loop”.

Beautiful

I came down Helon after Knifes Edge. It was a tough downhill!

Nice moderate trail with a fair amount of rocks. It gets harder after this to get up to the peak!

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1 month ago

This is a FULL day of hiking. Luckily the cloud cover was so thick that you couldn’t see 25 feet in front of you. That kept the July temps down (mid-90’s in town). I’m 49. I’ve recently done some notable hikes including Angels Landing. This was harder. My 20 y/o son concurs. The uphill is moderately difficult. The descent is unforgiving. Several ppl reversed course, went back up and took Abol down.

Bring extra food and water for this one. Expect every type of terrain it’s possible to see on the East Coast.

Enjoyed the hike. Was looking for a moose.

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1 month ago

I did the Chimney on my birthday!

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1 month ago

Started at Roaring Brook, up to Chimney Pond and then Saddle to Baxter Peak. Took Knife Edge to Pamola Peak and Helon Taylor all the way down. Fog/couds and wind on the knife.

1 month ago

Beautiful, but extremely challenging! The boulder scramble got me. Met guite a few thru hikers who were smiling the whole way up.

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1 month ago

The park does not “close” the Knife Edge anymore. It is up to hiker discretion whether to go across. It is very exposed, often windy and narrow in sections. Takes almost 2 hours to go one mile.

Helon Taylor is a very rocky and steadily steep trail. Tough to make more that 1mph avg.

The Saddle trail is pretty steady with a steep exposed scree section of about 50 yrds at the top.

The trail between Chimney Pond & Roaring Brook is an easy 3.3 mile walk in the woods with some nice side views across ponds.

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1 month ago

My brother, sister and I started from roaring brook at 7:45 AM yesterday, a late August day with overcast skies and perfect weather slated all day. We are all fit and active, but were going pretty slow because the footing and climbing was already somewhat challenging from the Heylon trail. The exposed portion above tree line offered magnificent views, though there was a kind of foggy mist around the next set of mountains, and on a clear day you can probably see far more in the distance. We arrived to the Knife Edge by 12:45, some five hours later with a few short water and snack breaks in between. The KE was purported to take 2 hours max, but we inched our way forward for 4:15 minutes. Total ass kicker. So many tricky spots that having a buddy or two seems necessary to me, and I often didn’t see a clear trail, so we probably spent more time looking by for which boulder to cross. Granted, this was our first real rock climbing experience, as I’ve only ever done relatively minor scrambling (eg Old Rag in Shenandoah). There’s a dip where you climb vertically down and up and the wind howling the whole way was pretty terrifying; I thought I’d blow away! Most people probably went much faster but all of us are pretty scared of heights. Try not to psyche yourself and look down because it’s dizzying. So at long last we arrived to Baxter peak at 5 PM. Only two lonely souls up there and we hadn’t seen anyone else for at least a couple hours (we’re guessing we were the last ones to start hiking up that way and perhaps the slowest). Unfortunately, we didn’t quite research well enough (or didn’t anticipate how slow going it would be) to time our hike in a way to avoid returning in the dark. Took an hour to get from the peak to the saddle trail down the screw, though it was a lovely landscape in the waning sunlight. We were so lucky to come down saddle and chimney before sundown, because again you were doing a lot of rock holding and had to go slowly to not slip. Another two hours with headlamps from the chimney campground back to roaring brook with a nearly full moon ahead. Super glad for this app to track us because there were a couple sections where we veered off the trail and found the pond and realized the trail probably doesn’t go that way haha. However, I had to stop recording midway through to save my battery. All told, returned at 9:45 PM, for a full 14 hour journey with few breaks. Definitely take plenty of food, protein bars, I took more than 3L of water and glad I did because we sweat a ton (half from the anxiety I’m sure). Not for the faint of heart, but if you’re strong, believe in yourself, are adequately prepared and have likeminded hiking buddies, this will be an unforgettable experience and adventure of a lifetime.

Nice hike to the ice caves. Be sure to go up to the viewpoint of the lake and also the spur trail to the lake is nice.

We started at the Abol Bridge and made this hike an all day 17.9 mile loop going up the Appalachian Trail to Tote Road then back down the Blueberry Ledges Trail back to our starting point. This was an easy route compared to others in the park. Creek crossing were doable stepping over rocks and not getting wet. There was plenty of great views and smaller waterfalls along the way.

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2 months ago

Took this route down after coming up the Abol Trail... Woah, no way would I want to climb up it. They sure wanted to torture the thru hikers on their last miles of their trek on the Appalachian Trail. It's challenging, rough, tiring, with a little fun mixed in.

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2 months ago

Tough trail particularly along the Knifes Edge. Coming down off Pamola peak onto the Knifes Edge is the most difficult part. It’s essentially a technical rock climb but after that it becomes a little easier. The views were fantastic and worth every drop of sweat.

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2 months ago

Amazing hike starting from and ending in Roaring Brook Campground up the Helon Taylor, across the Knifes Edge and down the Saddle to the Chimney Pond. Very challenging hike, from the steep ascent to the perils of the Knifes Edge (my wife and 13 year old son agree was “the most emotionally and physically challenging mile” ever) and down the scree of Baxter peak to the loose and steep descent of the Saddle, then to the mind numbing and feet pounding 3.3 miles of slow descent over the rocks back to the Roaring Brook campground. Other than the last two miles probably the most amazing hike east of the Mississippi. Something amazing about the way that Katahdin rises from the forests of northern Maine. There’s just not much like it anywhere. Did a 13 mike round trip of four peaks that included Mount Washington last year and it didn’t compare to this one. Epic.

Be prepared for wind and rough rocks on the Knifes Edge. We had thin but rubber palmed work gloves and i was glad we did. It was 50 degrees and very windy up there on an 80 degree August day and there’s some white knuckle spots for sure.

One note- recorded this with another App as well, and using maps - this is actually a 10.5 mile hike, not the 9.6 or so that this app recorded. Took us 8.5 hours or so with minimal stops really. Two adults and 12 and 13 year old boys.

2 months ago

Absolutely amazing trail, with a variety of landscapes. You start off on a fairly flat section through the woods along the stream. At about 1 mile in you will get to the beautiful falls. From there the incline picks up as you will climb hundreds of stone steps. After a reprieve from the steps, it levels off a bit before the boulders.

The boulders start just about at the tree line. After climbing the boulders you’ll get to the gateway, a steep rock scramble. If the weather is good, you’ll get some amazing views starting here. I thought the summit would be just after this point, but don’t be fooled. You still have a ways to go. Luckily after the gateway you get to the tablelands which is a pretty flat for the most part, and a surreal alpine landscape.

Finally there is the last push to the top, with sweeping views.

This hike is very challenging. Be ready for a long day. It is just an incredible experience and I highly recommend it be on any hikers bucket list. Baxter State Park is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Maine.

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2 months 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.

Had a blast on the hunt trail. waterfall was awesome. Getting through the boulders was a blast. Tough trail and it's pretty relentless after the first couple miles. I thought the hellbrook on mt Mansfield was tougher but it was shorter. This reminded me of Franconia a bit with the peaks. Hung out in the stream for awhile on the way back down. All in took 9 hours with about an hour of hanging out at the top and awhile in the stream.

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2 months ago

Grueling, difficult, brutal, and absolutely exquisite. Quite possibly the finest hike I've ever been on. Starting up Helon Taylor from the Roaring Brook trailhead gives a gradual but sturdy ascent to about 3500 feet before the scramble begins on the Skywalk moving up to Pamola Peak. For those not wishing to do Knife Edge, an out-and-back from Helon Taylor to Pamola would be a fine hike by itself. After departing Pamola to Knife Edge you'll run into an essentially technical climb down and then back up the Chimney Peak, which is by far the hardest part of the hike. If you struggle with that part, don't worry it's not like that the rest of the way. From there you wind and scramble 0.8 miles up down and around the boulders and sharp rocks of the Knife Edge to South Peak, and then along another 0.3 miles to Baxter Peak where you can touch the most recognizable sign in the hiking world. The Knife Edge is amazing, and completely worth it. It's not as scary in the moment as the pictures and videos make it seem, I can assure you. It is not without its moments of terror however, so as always you must maintain a healthy respect for the mountain. Down from Baxter Peak taking the Saddle trail is rocky with tough footing, but a pleasant stride. Turning down the mountain the trail turns into a slide of sorts with loose rocks and dry dirt. Slippery but safe, trekking poles are an absolute must. Gradually the trail descends with decreasing severity until reaching Chimney Pond. There is an excellent stream/water source about 3/4 of a mile up from Chimney Pond where we filtered some of the most crisp water I've ever tasted. The rest of the way down to Roaring Brook Campground was pleasant, though you'll certainly be a little bushed from the preceding 10 hours or so of hiking. We emerged at Roaring Brook Campground, with many scrapes and bruises, but with an excellent hike in the books. In all sincerity, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better day hike in the Northeast, if not the whole country.

I hiked up from kidney pond. It’s about 9.4 miles up and back. I gave it 5 stars for the views. The south peak was the better of the two in my opinion. I didn’t meet anyone on the trail all day so if you’re looking for trail with few people in Baxter this is it.

The first 4 miles or so was easy hiking. The last 0.5 mile was more difficult climbing up rock and ledge.

I only plan to do the Hunt trails to ascend and then do knife edge trail and return.

Ascended on Hunt- think it is a great way to go up- I chose to take Abot down for variety- and think it is more enjoyable than taking Hunt down. A bonus on Hunt is you may end up walking with people finishing the AT as Baxter Peak is the northern terminus. They will have great stories!

I don't think you need to be in excellent physical condition- I know I'm not and was able to ascend in a little over 2 1/2 hours.. I do agree with those that you should hike some smaller mountains first- mostly so you can enjoy what is an incredible hike when you do it -and not pay for it a couple of days later..

If it rains, this is a very different hike- the weather for me was perfect. One short shower gave me a taste of what it might be like if the rock is wet. Still doable, but I would be much more cautious with my steps.

I hope to do it again and plan to Start and finish on the other side. Knifes Edge looks awesome!

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