Up Cathedral Ridge and down Knife's Edge.
Had more fun on this hike than any other. Weather was good, we had a day of rest in between, and the trails were more engaging; looking for the best way up or where to put your foot. Some adrenalin on knifes edge too. Especially when the fog started rolling in on one side of the edge.
We had amazing weather on our end of summer tour of Northeast highpoints. This was my 14th state HP. We took the Cathedral Ridge trail up, and at the summit saw a few guys completing their AT hike. Then we continued on to the Knife Edge and Helen Taylor. 70 degrees weather, and just so much fun up there! I'll go back to Maine again....
I had a beautiful day to summit. Other thru-hikers I knew spoke of horrendous rain, fog, and generally nasty weather on their summit of Katahdin. Not for me. It felt like God smiling on me giving me wind to cool me down and to dry things off after the rain from the night before. And the Knife Edge Route was actually less dangerous on a whole than my descent via the Hunt Trail/A.T.
My very first high point! Very windy at the summit, hence, the park rangers advised our group not to climb via the Knife's Edge.
I went up with a group of 12, we ended up hiking in different groups according to our speed/strength.....I can't wait to attempt in the winter!
A superb climb. We traversed down the knife edge from baxter to Pamola. 65 mph winds made for a hair raising hike. Definatelt one of the Northeasts US best peaks
Cathedral ridge -> knife edge was a really fun climb and the views were fantastic!
We arrived at Roaring Brook to clearing weather after a severe storm, planning to ascend via Chimney Pond and Saddle trails and descend via Knife Edge and Helon Taylor. The ranger initially talked us out of hiking that day. Dry Brook was a raging torrent and temperatures were dropping. After some delay and discussion, we fortunately decided to hike up and evaluate conditions for ourselves as we went. We were rewarded with a very fun hike and scramble in good conditions with amazing views in every direction. Departing the summit with only about two hours of light left, we decided to skip the Knife Edge in favor of the route we had ascended. HP43
Have climbed Katahdin several times, via many routes. It is a great stomping ground no matter the season.
Without question, this will go down as my most memorable and favorite hike in the NE USA. I took the Hunt Trail to the summit. Within 10 minutes of my arrival, a man showed up who was completing the Appalachian Trail (5 months, 10 days). 10 minutes later, another man showed up with his completion. Then 10 minutes later, another man completed the trail. During my descent, I passed nubmerous other people who were completing the Appalachian Trail. Talking with those people, and seeing their expressions with a major accomplishment, was a great experience. As for the Hunt Trail, the rock scramble section was the hardest... not because of anything really technical, but because 50+ MPH winds kept knocking me down as I scurried up boulders, and I occasionally had to take brief refuges from wind by stopping between tall boulders. Strangely, there was very little wind on "Tableland" and no wind at the summit... which was the opposite of what I had expected. This was my 47th State Highpoint.
Hiked out and back the hunt trail. Weather was cold and rainy. Views were outstanding. Well worth the long steep hike.
What a mountain!
Left at 5 in the morning and summited via the Helon Taylor route. Descended via the Saddle Trail. Round trip was about 6 hours. Scrambling up the defined ridge of the Helon Taylor trail makes this peak truly special. And, the view from Chimney pond is, without question, the most alpine vista on the east coast. Period. I felt like I was on the wrong side of the country. I can't wait to go back and climb the armadillo next!
Beautiful warm day with some wind towards the top. Completed the Hunt trail. More difficult than I anticipated.
By far the best hike I've done thus far in New England. The scenery and trails are spectacular, the climbing is an adrenaline rush, and the views are magnificent. So long as the weather is good, Cathedral Trail and Knife's Edge are must hikes, but aren't for the faint of heart.
so windy going up the hunt trail! bailed on the knife edge and descended via abol away from the wind. sore knees that night.
Had the honor of climbing this one the last day park was open before Irene came barreling thru! Fortunately - the weather held for us all day... and we got out before things got ugly..
I made it up the Hunt trail with my friend Matthew on a particularly windy/cloudy day. I'd have to agree that this is the toughest peak I've encountered in the east - I'd say it's almost worthy of the Cascades!
The day before, I foolishly tried to force a climb through some inclement weather. But the next morning dawned clear and beautiful, so I stayed past my Baxter reservation and climbed the Abol slide en route to the summit. Best decision I could make. The Abol slide, the table, Baxter Peak, all amazing and well worth the trip.