emiller1 wrote:Change of Plans scratch Katahdin and replace with a fall hike top to bottom of the Zion Narrows. I know its not a peak but should still be pretty cool. The peaks will have to wait until 2014 when I hope to make a week long trip to the San Juans for an attempt at Arrow, Vestal and the Trinities plus Mt Sneffels.
You probably cannot go wrong with the Narrows; I need to give that place a proper visit someday. But as for Katahdin, I hope the stories of crowds and reservation difficulties at Baxter SP (I stumbled upon a thread in Eastern region forum) do not totally dissuade you from going someday. Maybe I was lucky, but I went in late May one year and just showed up at the gate, and I was able to camp at Abol that night. The next day's hike up the Abol Slide to the summit of Katahdin and the Knife Edge was extraordinary. The summit views are from another world and I loved the forested wilderness there.