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“Up was great...Knife-edge was ....incredible and down was HARD!”
Review of Mount Katahdin

Mount Katahdin
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Millinocket
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Owner description: Located at the northern end of the Appalachian Trail, the tallest peak in Maine stands at 5,267 feet.
Reviewed September 12, 2011

We took the Chimney Pond and Saddle Trails up...and were a little happily surprised that it wasn't quite as hard as we might have thought. We at the gate at 5 am, on the trail at 5:40am and at the top at 10:30am. Trail was in the trees, up a gully, then 6" rocks in the fog to the top. Knife-edge was in the fog...which helped us not think about how far down it was on each side. Talking with folks we decided that hiking it to the summit rather than from the summit was much harder. It was do-able for two 50 yr olds in moderate shape. Hiking down the Helen trail was LONG and HARD...happy we didn't try to hike up that way. Just alot of rock hopping all the way. Last bit was back long the stream on Chimney Pond Trail...which was refreshing. Got back at 6 just before we would have needed flashlights...and many, many people who had signed in were not down yet. Great fun...glad we did it.

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Reviewed August 14, 2011

I think Chimney pond trail to Saddle trail to Knife edge to Helon trail or backwards is one of the easiest routes. Stay at Roaring Brook campsite. Leave early, ASAP, at first light. The earlier you leave the greater the chance you will be leaving the Knife edge trail before the afternoon storm rolls in. Eat a dry breakfast to speed you on your way. Take a water filter or pills. There is a stream 1/2 hour after the ranger station at chimney pond on the saddle trail. Refill water there. Take more water than you think you need. We did 3 liters each and refilled at the stream; nearly ran out. Do a stairmaster, jog some bleachers or something beforehand. 9 or 10 year old soccer players do fine, got passed by a few. If you are sedentary you will not. Route is 10 miles, about 3500' feet up and back down. Very rocky, poor footing. Need to use your hands and scramble in places. You do not need a compass. You do need a map. Above the treeline it is easy to orient the map off landmarks and find north or whatever. Trails are well marked. Headlamp is nice if you come off after dark, the trail is pretty steep and rocky up to the last 0.1 mile. Our crew did it in 11 and 1/2 hours. One sedentary adult, one sedentary 14 year old, 4 others in ok shape (no triathletes). We got in before dark, with a few swallows of water in our bottles left, and more in the car waiting for us. Had a blast, great pics, great for the soul. If we had to do it again we would start the hike at first light.

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