Suppose I agree, too, if summit is the focus (and hey, sometimes it is).
My first time up was on the Saddle. I was with my brother, 6, and a family friend, 78. The advantage of the Saddle is that if your family is really just not into it that day, you have stops that are still "feel good" places: Basin Ponds, a marked (well, it was, probably still is) viewpoint, and of course, Chimney Pond. Both Hunt and Saddle hit the Tableland at about a mile from the summit. Wife and daughter could stop there while Dad summits, if that fits within the family dynamic that day. If coming from the Hunt, go just a bit further to Thoreau Spring on the Tableland.
The Hunt Trail does have Katahdin Falls at, what, 1.1 miles? but I like the landmarks on the Chimney Pond Trail (on the way to Saddle).
I will now try to cease my overspray of info.