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DundeelRoute Climbed: Abol Trail Date Climbed: September 1977  Sucess!


Less than 100 feet of visibility until I reached the summit. Suddenly the clouds lifted and you could see for 20 miles. Thirty minutes later, the cloud window closed as if the mountain had given it to me as a reward.
Posted Mar 10, 2005 1:20 am

hikeman76Route Climbed: Hunt Trail Date Climbed: June 10, 2004  Sucess!


By far my favorite mountain to climb. Being out of shape, it was quite a challenge and the exposed sections made be a bit nervous on the way up. All in all, the climb was incredible...
Posted Feb 21, 2005 2:21 pm

amcfarreRoute Climbed: Knife Edge Date Climbed: Sept 25, 2003  Sucess!


Windy day with clouds stuck on Katahdin's summit all day. The Knife Edge was a fun walk/scramble and not as windy as the Helon Taylor route I took to Pamola. I continued over to Hamlin's summit to make a long loop and for the views of Katahdin. An early start and the wind advisory meant I only saw 3 other groups out above treeline.

Full report with pictures
Posted Feb 17, 2005 10:24 am

chilkootRoute Climbed: Hunt/AT Date Climbed: August 26, 1998  Sucess!


I've climbed Katahdin three times, but the most memorable was this day when I completed my AT Thruhike. I found I appreciated the mountain a lot more when I had 5 months to ponder my arrival and for the last week could see it growing larger as I drew a little closer each day.
Posted Feb 8, 2005 11:29 pm

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: Saddle Trail Date Climbed: October 11, 2004  Sucess!
Rocky trail with a bit of a breeze on top. Easy day.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 10:29 pm

benRoute Climbed: Knife Ridge, Saddle Trail Date Climbed: August, 1990  Sucess!


I've hiked/climbed Katahdin 2 times, both on visits to my Grandfather's house in Northern Maine. I was very young the first time, so my only memory is very strong winds - my father, uncle, and brother joked about tying a rope around my waist and using me as a kite. The second time, I went with my dad and uncle (again), and the wind wasn't as strong. Katahdin is a great highpoint, and a beautiful spot in Maine (one of many).
Posted Nov 4, 2004 2:06 am

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Up Hunt Trail, Down Helon Taylor Trail Date Climbed: September 11, 2004  Sucess!


This was a great hike on a great mountain! See my trip report.
Posted Oct 31, 2004 3:25 pm

whiteheatRoute Climbed: Helon Taylor, Knife Edge, Saddle, Hamlin Ridge, Roaring Brook Date Climbed: July 4th 2004  Sucess!


Climbing Katahdin was the best 4th of July I've ever had. It was the first big mountain I've climbed and inspired me to start hiking more often. The weather was absolutely perfect, and it wasn't too crowded. The Knife Edge is amazing. I plan on going back every year. Katahdin makes me proud to be a Mainer.
Posted Oct 13, 2004 11:51 pm

corsairRoute Climbed: Helon Taylor to Knife Edge Date Climbed: august 10, 2000  Sucess!
Started the trip at 6:00AM with just about perfect weather the whole climb. Not many climbers on Helon Taylor, but when we left Pamola Peak to the Knife Edge, we encountered swarms of people all the way to Baxter. On the whole it made for a great but crowded day on the mountain.
Posted Sep 8, 2004 5:05 pm

sskeepRoute Climbed: Dudley to Knife Edge to Summit to Hamlin Date Climbed: Aug. 20, 2004  Sucess!


Pat, Scott and I managed to hit a perfect day during a rainy spell. High winds on Dudley, beautiful views all the way. The climb didn't take long so we extended the trip by going to the less traveled Hamlin Peak. Took a cold, soapless bath in the Chimney Pond Outlet. A moose visited out campsite the next morning at Chimney Pond. A great climb all around, but a little busy at the summit.
Posted Aug 24, 2004 2:55 pm

ChrisPierzRoute Climbed: Cathedral Date Climbed: July 16, 2004  Sucess!


Great hike and views even though it was limited with the fog. Ranger Snow at Roaring Brook was a very friendly guy that had a wealth of information. Brian, I think it is 30 minutes that you have to wait before swimming and not 15.
Posted Aug 15, 2004 11:06 pm

dspalRoute Climbed: Cathedral and Knife Edge trails Date Climbed: August 1989  Sucess!


Done over 2 days, very rocky and exposed, great view of glacial cirque and lake, fantastic trip...
Posted Aug 1, 2004 12:20 pm

Brian PierzRoute Climbed: Cathedral Trail Date Climbed: July 16, 2004  Sucess!

Brian Pierz

My brother and I snagged a lean-to at the Roaring Brook on Thursday night, which allowed us to get an early start to Katahdin on Friday morning. We wanted to do the Knife Edge, however the ranger advised against it with the light rain and overcast skies. A bit bummed and planning to go up the Saddle Trail, we hiked through the fog to Chimney Pond, where the fog had lifted and the sun was shining through. We spotted a couple hikers on the Cathedral Trail, and decided that's the way to go.

Overall Cathedral was a fairly difficult climb and a lot of fun. Some exhilarating views of Knife Edge and the valley below.

Make sure you grab a quick swim in Tongue Pond on your way out of the park, but please be safe and make sure it's at least 15 minutes after you eat!
Posted Jul 26, 2004 12:45 pm

lmillerRoute Climbed: Cathedral/Hamlin Ridge Date Climbed: June 21, 2004  Sucess!
5 of us climbed via the Cathedral Trail which is 1.5 miles of steep boulders. It was a fun climb. On the summit it was foggy and around 40 degrees. Afterwards we summited Hamlin peak (which is easy) and then descended via the Hamlin Ridge Trail. The weather cleared and it was a scenic descent with great views on both sides of the ridge. Occasionally the wind gusted up to maybe 60 MPH. Altogether our hike was around 11 miles total with about 4000 feet elevation gain.
Posted Jul 8, 2004 3:12 pm

BobSmithRoute Climbed: Chimney Pond to Cathedral to Knife Edge to Helon Taylor. Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!


What a muscle bruising, thigh burning, anus-clenching adventure this was! No one told me about the catwalk! The descent over Pamola and down and down and down and down the Helon Taylor Trail really jarred us. We could barely move the next day. Wouldn't trade the experience for anything, despite the overcast skies and occasional rain. I plan to go back in a couple of years.

Posted Apr 20, 2004 10:39 pm

cragRoute Climbed: Knife Edge Date Climbed: July 5, 1995  Sucess!


Katahdin is my favorite mountain in the east. The only bummer is all the rules imposed by Baxter State Park - especially for winter climbs. This was my second trip. We camped outside the park and drove in shortly after the gate opened. My wife and I blazed up the Helon Taylor Trail, accross the Knife Edge (passing heavy traffic) and to the summit on a gorgeous, warm summer day. She wanted to keep going and tag Hamlin, but we were nearly out of water so I persuaded her to head down the Saddle trail. We arrived back at the trailhead in the early afternoon. One of the most enjoyable days of hiking I can remember.

Posted Jan 24, 2004 1:33 pm

LaraRoute Climbed: Hunt Date Climbed: June 1990  Sucess!


This was the kick-off of a 200+ mile trip on the Maine Appalachian Trail (and my first mountain trip east of the Rockies!). I was blessed with the exceptional company of Dan, Julia & Kris. Dan’s mom and brother joined us for our day hike up K. We started out with fine weather which deteriorated later in the afternoon. Views from the summit were impressive and moody…the rain started on top and increased steadily, making our trip back down the boulders all the more exciting. Tom, the youngest (12?) in our group led the pack and was first back to the car. Little did we know that the rain & swollen rivers would plague us for days……….
Posted Jan 14, 2004 1:32 pm

AlpinistRoute Climbed: Hunt trail up, Knife Edge / Helon Taylor down Date Climbed: September 27, 2003  Sucess!


We wanted to climb the Knife Edge and arrived at the South Gate at 5:40a, but the Roaring Brook parking lot was full. So we parked at Katahdin Springs instead and ascended via the Hunt Trail. We had a great time climbing the class III section half way up. Unfortunately, the upper half of the mountain was covered in fog. We reached the summit in 3 hours. An estimated 75 people came and went while we were there. Visibility on the summit was 20 feet. Despite high winds and wet rock we decided to (carefully) descend via the Knife Edge. We made it without incident and enjoyed it tremendously, though we missed the views. Hitched a ride from Roaring Brook to the South Gate, and then hitched again to Katahdin Springs. People there were very friendly and we had a great time...! I hope to return to climb this mountain again with hopefully clear skies.
Posted Sep 28, 2003 10:35 pm

velodurtRoute Climbed: Chimney Pond Trail to Saddle Trail Date Climbed: August 27th,2003  Sucess!


Mt Katahdin was an excellent adventure. The day we climbed was a Class 2 day and the wind was quite strong, so no Knife Edge for us, instead we climbed through fog and rain to the summit via Chimney Pond and The Saddle Trail. Once on top, the fog lifted and the views really opened up! Magnificent! Katahdin has a beautiful rocky summit. We have a full detailed trip report and lots of photos on our website at Natural Born Hikers so feel free to check it out. We highly recommend this hike!
Posted Sep 22, 2003 8:58 am

paclimberRoute Climbed: Abol Date Climbed: August 31, 2002  Sucess!


Took Abol up and Knife's Edge / Helon Taylor down. Best mountain east of the Mississippi. Because of the latitude, much of the climb is above tree line. Weather was perfect, views spectacular.
Posted Sep 19, 2003 12:02 pm

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