Up Dudley, over the Knife Edge and down the Saddle, from Chimney Pond. 4.5 hours for this, not counting the trip back down to the trailhead. Knife Edge was in the clouds the whole time, which probably made the hike go faster as there were no pictures to take. It did clear out towards the end, though, with some nice views of the mountain cloaked in yellow from the fall birches.
Climbed up Cathedral to the summit, then down the Saddle. Got to see to see two AT hikers finishing their journey as an added bonus.
Clear day with very little clouds after heavy rain the night before.
I hiked this one at the end of the 100 mile wildernes part of the appalachian trail.
Hiked Katahdin with High School buddie Leo,son Ollie and my son Hunter on a beautiful day. Going up was easy, coming down I struggled. I was about a 1/2 hr behind the other 3. Four years later my son wants to return and do the Knifes Edge. Contemplating a 2011 hike!
beautiful day. whiskey sweat.
We started at 6:30am and went up the Abol which was steep but not to bad, though I stayed a fair distance behind the person ahead because of the loose rocks which sometimes dislodged. Got to the top traveled some of the knife edge turned around because of time, went back to Baxter Peak, then down the Hunt. 12 hour hike that was awesome. Especially since we were able to hitch a ride back to our campsite at Abol. Haha.
Perfect day. Up and down in 7.5 hrs. Bagged Mt. Mansfield in VT the day before to make it two state high points in as many days. This is only high point #7 for me though. Easily the coolest mountain on the east coast.
Amazing day. Up Helon, down the Saddle.
Up Helon Taylor/Knife Edge, down Saddle. Gorgeous day, not too many bugs. Totally lucked out on the weather.
First time climbing in New England and first time with my dad and my younger brother. An excellent but challenging climb. Wish the Chimney Pond trail had less rocks.
It was a beautiful day for weather, and the boulders/rocks were brutal! State highpoint #23 for me.
Went up the knife edge and loved my day on the mountain.
Ice everywhere & 100 yard visibility=no view. My 3rd HP. Went back in Sept. 1987 and spent 2 nights at Chimney Pond hut. Spent an hour or more on top and saw 2 nurses from Atlanta come up the AT and give a big high-5. Yes, they finished the AT! Hiked down the knife edge in perfect warm weather. It's the best hike in the NE! Finished the 50 state high points in 2002 (#111).
Some fog, but a nice easy hike via the "knife edge". I must say that the route sounded much more spectacular than it really was.
I've probably climbed Katahdin 15 times over the years, first time when I was about 7. My father used to take us just about every summer. My younger brother did it when he was 5 (!!) we have the pictures to prove it. I have a 5 year old of my own now and can't imagine... looking forward to bringing him in a few years though.
Three of the most Beautiful days, perfect weather and no bugs.
Camped at Roaring brook (with the Bears) climbed Helon Taylor and descended Cathedral trail. I cant wait to go back, hopefully for a winter ascent
Climbed via the Knife Edge with the Harvard Outing Club during my Freshman year in college. Beautiful hike.
I had a one day window for a Katahdin climb and made plans to go up the Helon Taylor trail , across the Knife Edge, and then down the Saddle trail. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. The park rangers insisted that I ascend the Saddle trail and evaluate the possibility of descending the Knife Edge once on the summit. I did as they recommended and was the first to summit that day. On top it became very clear to me that the Knife Edge was not happening because the winds were blowing 45 mph, the visibility was 100ft, hail was coming down, and the ambient temperature was easily below freezing. I ultimately just descended the Saddle trail and felt lucky to reach the summit at all, as the weather continued to degrade over the next couple of days. Despite being unable to experience the Knife Edge, I felt it was still a really impressive mountain in a beautiful area full of amazing fall colors.
hiked up the hunt spur in a rain storm. nearly got blown off the mountain, so we had to scratch our plans for the knife edge. oh well...
Up Cathedral, down Helon Taylor
AWESOME...well worth the wait!