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!
I lucked out and summited Mt. Katahdin on a beautiful August day without a cloud in the sky. In fact on the descent, the afternoon sun had baked the rocks enough that it felt like hiking in a furnace and I quickly went through the 2l of water I carried.
Did this in '06. So much fun!! Reminds me of Kelso Ridge on Torreys Peak in CO.
Long winter approach in. Weather was marginal but we made it to the summit! Total mileage, including approach, climb to summit, general hiking around in Baxter State Park, and back to our cars was 44 miles in 3.5 days. Very exhausting but beautiful! However, I have no desire to do another winter trip there. The approach to the base of the mountain is 13 miles alone! In winter, you are too far from help should anything go wrong.
Ascended via Hunt Trail into the worst weather I've ever seen. The wind was literally knocking me off my feet and it was pelting ice-cold rain. Descended on Saddle to Baxter Peak Cutoff back to Hunt. Solo summit on my 29th birthday! HP #5. I can't wait to go back in nice weather and try the Knife's Edge!
Easily the most interesting of the east coast state highpoints to climb, my daughter and I did this climb after a 6 month hiatus from highpointing, the longest drought up to that point. We had a wonderful experience, including having a moose stroll though our Chimney Pond camp. We did the full traverse, up to Chimney Peak, and then across the so-called knife edge to the summit, before descending the Saddle Trail. Katahdin was number 33 of my 49 state high points, and number 32 for Vanessa.
Climbed it with my family. It was very fun and worth the trip! It was the highlight of the trip given the view once we hit the top.