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
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.
Rocky trail with a bit of a breeze on top. Easy day.
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).
This was a great hike on a great mountain! See my trip report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Done over 2 days, very rocky and exposed, great view of glacial cirque and lake, fantastic trip...
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.
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.
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.
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……….
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.
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!
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.
Easy up and easy down
A little late signing the guestbook. Even more tardy on a second attemp. Kathadin has to be the coolest mountain in the entire east. Based on Cathedral and word-of-mouth, all routes are excellent. From Chimney Pond, the mountain has a very distinct western look to it. As if it's a Rockies transplant. Well worth the early morning arrival for your summit attempt.
I climbed this at age ten. My folks drove our Rambler up to Katahdin Stream, where we heard some old New Yorker driving a Caddy ask road directions for the top. The ranger sputtered a bit and the old guy drove off-but this was before SUVs. We walked up stream past the waterfall. Climbing as a group we were pretty excited to reach the falls of Katahdin Stream. A couple of miles later we reached the boulders and I recollect a bit of vertigo. The Tableland appeared to be at the top of the large boulders- but that was delusional. My father brother and I left my mom and sister to admire the view. My brother raced ahead and proceeded to the spur. He was a good deal ahead of us and my father demanded that he wait. We eventually caught up and finally made it to the Tableland-strolling the last mile to the top. Most startling memory: Pamola looked pretty cool from Monument Peak. We were kind of worn out by the time we rejoined my mom and sister at the big boulders. That evening we crossed two miles of lake on the way home as the sun painted alpen glow on the scene of our adventure.