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Mount Katahdin

Millinocket, ME
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Millinocket
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
Activities: Hiking, Snowmobiling
Description: Located at the northern end of the Appalachian Trail, the tallest peak in Maine stands at 5,267 feet.
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This mountain is really special. I went up the Chimney Pond/Saddle route and came down on the Knife Edge/Helon Taylor route. Knife Edge was dramatic without being terrifying (in good weather)--know that the toughest part is the section farthest from the summit, over by Pamola Pk. That has some serious scrambling into and out of a notch. So in choosing... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

My husband and I returned to Maine to attempt to summit Katahdin after last year's failed attempt due to weather. Fortunately, the weather was good, no rain but some clouds. We took the Chimney Pond trail to the Cathedral trail to the summit and then returned via the Saddle Trail to the Chimney Pond trail back to the trailhead. It... More

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North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Wow! My family of 5 including 3 teenagers hiked/climbed the Hunt Trail in early August 2014. We waited one day to forgo the possibility of thundershowers while in the alpine in favor of the next day's forecast of no rain whatsoever (which panned out to be true). They are very serious about the parking reservations (do online), which are actually... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Great staff at the park, the park is very primitive as in no cell coverage, pit toilets, and unpaved roads. This is not a national park. The staff here is very knowledgeable. And do know you need a parking reservation to get into the park to hike. I hiked up Hunt Trail on a Saturday and the trails were crowded... More

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Locust Grove, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I am planning to do a southbound hike starting from Mt. Katahdin and ending in West Virginia in 2015.I am so glad that I researched the area first so that I could see how to get to the trail and what challenges would lay ahead for me. It was also good to stop by the Appalachian Trail lodge and talk... More

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New Brunswick
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Absolutely loved the hiking trails which were easy for a newbie like my son and I. The downside was the very narrow dirt roads in which people drove like it was the Indy 500.

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Orono, Maine
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My fiance and I decided to try climbing Katahdin via the Hunt Trail. First thing to look into is a parking pass. We didn't know you needed one but we were able to show up and get in. Always look into reserving a spot, it's only $5 for Maine resident s and I think $14 for out of state. As... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

End of the AT, great views, great scrambling, and great camping. Took Helon and it's a nice hike with some scrambling over large boulders. Then came Knife Edge which was more moderate scrambling for the first 20%, before turning into a fairly easy hike. However, that first 20% requires a little athleticism and could be too challenging for some people... More

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Springfield, Virginia
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185 reviews 185 reviews
61 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

If climbing Katahdin is on your bucket list, be careful. It is a very strenuous, and potentially dangerous, hike. There is no "easy" ascent, and the weather can change quickly and unfavorably. I have hiked this twice and the last time we were caught in very dangerous conditions on top in early August. We nearly had hypothermia by the time... More

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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32 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

If it worked for people like Thoreau and Joshua Chamberlain, it works for you. Great hike - not overly challenging - but definitely fun. The view at the top makes it worth while. Use the knife's edge trail if you're looking for thrills or difficulty. Chimney Pond is also a must see...

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