Mount Katahdin
Mount Katahdin
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Located at the northern end of the Appalachian Trail, the tallest peak in Maine stands at 5,267 feet.
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LLogue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States11 contributions
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Jul 2021
This is an epic hike. We did the Hunt trail, started at 6:36am and ended at 2:20pm. That's 8 hours of a$$kicking adventure! The trail starts out like any other trail, quickly becomes a bouldering experience, hand and feet, wrought iron sections, scrambling. My husband and I are highppointers, this was Peak 17 for us and we have never had an experience quite like this. If you want an incredible hike, with some great views (depending on the fog), this is for you. An accomplishing feat!
Written July 19, 2021
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chesleyfive
Mechanicsville, VA24 contributions
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Jul 2022 • Couples
We did the loop up Helon Taylor to Pamola, across Knifes Edge, down Saddle and back around Chimney Pond. Took us just under 10 hours. This was absolutely the hardest mountain I’ve hiked and I loved almost every minute of it. Knifes edge was petrifying for me, I can’t say I loved doing it but I love that I did it. The class 3 bouldering was so challenging and fun. The views were just out of this world. You can see everything and also nothing. The whole experience was very humbling. I would suggest you read as much as you possibly can about Katahdin before you make the journey. Bring more water, food, layers than you think you’ll need. Have lots of water, food, layers in the car for when you get down. If you love an adventure and a challenge for both your body and mind this is a mountain for you. If you like easy and neat and clean there are probably better ways to spend your time.
Written July 20, 2022
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Rich B
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Sep 2022
Katahdin is apparently Penobscot for "The Greatest Mountain", and it certainly lives up to its name. While the views from the summit are incredible and worth the journey, there are no easy ways up. Katahdin makes you earn the right to take in the view.
Written October 2, 2022
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lauriem535
Pulaski, WI48 contributions
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Sep 2017 • Couples
My husband and I have done pieces and parts of the Appalachian Trail over the past several years, including the beginning/end in Northern Georgia. We were taking a trip to New England and decided to hike up Mt. Katahdin on the Hunt Trail (AT) to say we'd done both ends. I did a lot of reading about the mountain and knew this was nothing to fool with. Summiting on any trail involves incredibly steep ascents and descents including boulder climbing. We got ourselves some really good day packs and poles and started training. While training, my husband strained his knee so I was skeptical about the climb since I knew it was difficult under any circumstances and we are not super experienced hikers. We stopped training about a month before our trip but we still wanted to go to Baxter State Park to hike other parts of the AT. When we got there, my husband really wanted to give Katahdin a try. After talking to a Ranger, we decided not to take the Hunt Trail but, upon his recommendation, do the Chimney Pond/Saddle Trail instead. Caveat...the Ranger said none of the trails are easy and he is absolutely correct. He didn't sugarcoat anything. My husband and I figure we'd start up the trail and see how it went and just turn around if we could tell we couldn't make it. We got up at 5:15 a.m. and got on the trail at about 6:00. There are no flats on either of these trails and the whole way is riddled with rocks of varying sizes but none are small. We did very well going up, even when we got to the nearly vertical part at the top of the Chimney Pond trail which involves boulder climbing. The views were breathtaking, but if you're afraid of heights, I wouldn't recommend this trail. When you get to the boulders, you're often seeking hand and footholds and there's nothing much behind you if you slip. Once we got to the Saddle Trail there was a small flat area but in no time we were ascending again. The rocks were a bit smaller but still a challenge. The worst was when we got to a section of the trail comprised of loose rounded rocks that shifted and rolled with every step. I almost fell several times because the footing was very difficult. I also got leg cramps at this point, most likely because I hadn't hydrated enough. It is imperative that if you choose to climb, you ensure you stop and drink frequently. I had done a lot of sweating but was really careless about hydrating. Once I drank something and ate a Clif Bar, I felt better and we made it to the top. I literally broke into tears. We had a beautiful warm clear day and you could see forever. There were several others at the summit as well. After a rest, some food and drink and lots of picture-taking, my husband and I started our descent. We'd made it up in about three hours and were pumped that we could do just as well going down. Not so much. So as not to prolong this review further, all I need to say is that both of my knees bonked big time! One of them was like a useless log and the other was barely hanging in there but did well enough that, with the help of my excellent Leki hiking sticks, I made it...in six hours!!! I felt so bad for my husband who ended up doing pretty well. We barely made it off the trail before dark, which was scary for both of us, but there was nothing I could do to speed up. It is a little humiliating to admit all of this here and I'm not sure how many folks will read this, but I put it here as fair warning that hiking this mountain is nothing to mess with. I can't imagine how horrid this would have been in cold, miserable weather. I look back now and am SO glad I made it to the top, because that was truly worth it. But I will never make such a poor decision again. Please...be realistic about your abilities! Help is not easy to get once you start feeling pain. It is dangerous. I had an angel and my husband watching over me for sure.
Written October 9, 2017
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naturegals
Albany, NY100 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Family
My nephew and I climbed Mt. Katahdin via the Hunt Trail, as we wanted to hike the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail together. Here are a few facts to begin with. I’m middle-aged, I work out, and consider myself to be in good physical shape. I trained for this hike by hiking with weights in my backpack for 4 months prior to hitting this trail (in addition to my other work-out regimen). None of that mattered. Perhaps none of that mattered because I was not mentally prepared for what this trail would present us with, and it was so mentally draining (at least to me), that it truly affected me physically. Please don’t let that deter you from summiting via this trail though because I have to admit that I have an intense fear of falling off into nothingness, which can quite possibly happen on this trail in some areas if you lose your footing – or more importantly, your mental focus. Having said that, it was grueling for me to work through these fears while perched on sheer facades of cliffs at times, or while trying to reach for iron rungs that were above my grasp, but that I HAD to grasp and pull myself up and over in order to continue the climb. So, just be prepared for these types of challenges if you plan to summit via the Hunt Trail. It is a beautiful trail, no doubt, but it can be quite cruel in areas! Those dump truck sized boulders are not easy to climb up, but they are fun to slide down as you descend (as long as you don’t mind shredding the rear portion of your hiking pants!!). All in all, I am VERY glad that I was able to summit (with MUCH encouragement from my nephew), as it was both an emotional and euphoric feeling and quite a sense of accomplishment too! Also, the views from the summit were absolutely awe-inspiring and well worth the climb. I felt as if I was looking down on a giant Google earth image! It was spectacular, and the memories of summiting Mt. Katahdin will live with me forever. Other views along the climb were amazing as well, as was the scent of balsam and pine in the forest, combined with the soothing sound of Katahdin Stream Falls when the hike began/ended. A true Maine experience in many ways!! One parting thought -- please be sure that you have a quality flashlight with you on this hike as well, just in case you are descending in any bit of darkness. Thankfully, my nephew had some sort of tactical and very powerful flashlight; whereas, mine was a knock-off brand that barely lit my path (it’s hard to tell how truly powerful [or powerless] a flashlight is until you are descending a mountain in a dense portion of forest!!), so spend a little more for a quality light or headlamp in order to ensure a safe hike. Have fun and pack a lot of food and water. You’ll need it!
Written October 14, 2014
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FMKM24
Whitefield, ME6 contributions
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Aug 2013 • Friends
The Hunt Trail is a great trail to go up. It is a 5 hour climb/hike to the summit. You should start by 6:00am. The hike is very strenuous but has many amazing views. Three of us went up as novices and very happy we completed. The way down was the toughest because your legs/feet are sore and feel wobbly and tired from hike up the mountain. But the soreness is well worth it. There are a couple of precarious places at the tree line area to get by. Use common sense and you will be fine. If you have not done the climb you do not know what your missing and boy what a sense of achievement once you have done it. I would highly recommend it for self confidence for anyone.
Written August 19, 2013
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furelise96
2 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Family
I'm not much of a hiker, and the hike to and from the base of the mountain was really long. Nevertheless, I loved climbing up the Cathedral to the top and crawling down the mountain because I enjoy monkey-like adventures and deciding your own route to make it to each path marker.
Just make sure you check the weather, because we went on a day that had some clouds on the mountain. It was a beautiful view until we entered the clouds, and it ended up raining while we were in the clouds. It was freezing, wet, and we couldn't see more than 30 feet in front of us most of the time. But we still enjoyed the climb.
We did the hike fast, but it still took us about 8 hours round trip.
Written April 5, 2018
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Jennifer S
Plainfield, IN30 contributions
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Oct 2016 • Couples
This mountain has been calling my Boyfriend and I for months and months. I started exercising earlier in the year but I don't think I did enough. I turned 36 just a few days before we mad the climb up the Hunt Trail to Baxter Peak. We stayed the night before and night after at Katahdin Stream Campground, which in itself is very well maintained and beautiful in Mid October. We started on the trail about 7:50am and made it back around 5:00pm. We spent maybe 30-45 min at the Summit for a light picnic lunch of cheese, crackers, granola bars and summer sausage. It was a very difficult climb, as the Hunt Trail gains over 4500ft of elevation in a 5 mile span. It was not as scary perhaps as the Precipice Trail that we did a few days prior in Accadia National Park but it is longer, tougher and much much windier. I was glad that it didn't rain until after we were off the mountain as it would have been very slippery. As it was, we only had to contend with the wind. Remember that this mountain makes its own weather, whenever it feels like it it seems. Clouds, wind or fog can come out of nowhere. By the time I was done, my legs were beginning to give out. Mentally the trail can be tough, just when you think you see the summit, you realize there is more to go, then again you think you have made it, yet as you come over the next boulder you realize you aren't even close. When you reach the table land you are almost there. Look for lemmings. Adorable. The top is a spiritual place for sure. It is no wonder the Native Americans in the area held this as a sacred place. The views are incredible. You are above the clouds. I am inspired to become more fit and to accomplish this again. Next time we would like to come up from Chimney Pond and take the Knife Edge. I will have to be a little more sure footed for that though.
Written October 17, 2016
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Rik T
Fredericton, Canada1,372 contributions
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Aug 2016
We had read and heard all kinds of different stories about Mount Katahdin. What we found was a challenging climb, even for those of us who were quite fit and well-outfitted. But it was doable and well worth the effort. In our group the youngest was 18 and the oldest 55. Everybody found it challenging.

Bring lots of water.

We went from Roaring Brook, up the Helon Taylor trail to Pamola Point, across Knife Edge to Baxter, down the Saddle trail to Chimney Pond and then back to Roaring Brook. It took us 10.5 hours.

Six of us started out a Roaring Brook. By the time we hiked over all the tree roots and boulders almost to the top at Pamola Point, one of us couldn't make it up the last 800 feet, had a nap, then lunch and retreated down the same trail we came up. We met several others who did the same thing. Two people who split that decision seemed destined for a divorce.

Bring more water than you think you'll need.

Five of us were at the top, surveying the dark clouds and listening to thunderclaps. Three of the five of us then scaled down the Helon Taylor Trail back to Roaring Brook. No shame in avoiding the Knife Edge and the nearing storm. It's a smart move to step away from lightning, especially when you might be the highest point in Maine.

Nope, bring more water than that.

Despite warnings, the two of us that remained went across the Knife Edge to Baxter Point which was challenging in the relatively high winds and occasionally climbing into clouds. It really is a pretty narrow trail. Weak or unstable ankles would be a very bad thing on any of the trails, but especially this one.

Then it was off to Chimney Pond via the Saddle and the trail was a different type of challenge. Mostly loose rock made for rather unstable footing. Also, some of the steeper descents involved me inadvertently knocking rocks onto my buddy below me. Luckily he has a good sense of humour and took it all pretty well.

A gallon of water? Now you're talking.

Chimney Pond offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks. Stop here and enjoy the scenery because you'll seldom see nature better than this.

The hike from Chimney pond back to Roaring Brook seemed to last forever. The trail isn't too steep, and even has a few flat sandy parts, but there are still plenty of rocks to hop on and over.

On this trail we ran out of water. Luckily, we found a cold, clear, fast-running stream and I had some water purification tablets. We made 2.5 litres of drinkable water and used up pretty much all of that during the last leg of our hike.

A waterproof backpack is a great idea, as is sunscreen, food and - I think I mentioned - lots of water. The temperature varied from 28° Celsius (82° F) at the bottom, to 14° C (57° F) and 40 KPH (25 MPH) winds at the Knife Edge. Shorts and a t-shirt were enough for me, but I'm from the North.

A camera is a must-have, but equally important is a cell-phone - in case you find yourself caught in a storm and holed up with a badger in rock hollow and can find a spot where you can get cell service - which is doubtful.

I'm glad I did it, but I'll take an easier trail next time and stop more often to enjoy the scenery; during this trek I mostly stared at rocks and dirt to avoid falling.
Written August 8, 2016
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adamsomes0111
Cherryfield, ME19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
Gate opens at 6 a.m. Get there closer to 5 if possible to get a good parking spot . . . worth it. the trails are strewn with various sized round granite rocks like bad acne on a teen-ager's face. So the trail distance info is deceiving. (e.g. it is 3.3 miles from Roaring Brook to Chimney Pond, but it feels more like 5.5) . . . so if you're going this route, for example, you already feel like you've climbed a small mountain before tackling the "Greatest Mountain". That said, even a novice in decent physical condition should be able to do the whole thing in 8 to 10 hours. We took Cathedral up from Chimney Pond (after a patient rest and fistfuls of trail mix) and it is not as difficult as it looks daunting. Only 1 place really that required assistance from another person. Don't go down this way though! A few practical tips: don't forget insect repellent and sunscreen, and bring something to help deal with really intense wind farther up.
Written July 12, 2015
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