Climbed knife edge twice and can't imagine hiking the mountain any other way. One of the most beautiful trails I've ever been on! Looking forward to coming back and trying it in the winter.
This is a really spectacular mountain, kind of like an east-coast cascade volcano. We went up the Abol trail and came down Hunt. Hunt was less steep, but I still managed to rip my pants. Oops! This was my last north-east highpoint.
An absolutely perfect day in Maine. Clear skies, light winds and cool temps. Came up the Helon Taylor, across the Knife edge to the summit, and then down the Hunt Trail to the road where my wife picked me up. I only had one day to climb and cashed in. Loved the route, best hike/climb east of the Mississippi river IMHO. #25 on my state highpoint list. Half way there!
Amazing day on Katahdin with my father. Probably couldn't have asked for a better one. Went up Helon Taylor trail to Pamola then across the Knife's Edge to South and Baxter Peaks. I was hoping for more climbing along it like on the Chimney but that was a really nice section. Overall a wonderful trip and look forward to coming back and trying another route.
ascended the cathederal trail. alot of nice scrambling! with many different levels of scrambling all throughout the trail. at the summit there were several through hikers celebrating thier accomplishment. it made me feel small! descended saddle and saw a HUGE mother moose with baby in the chimney pond trail. next time, the knife edge!!!
Took Chimney Pond Trail to Saddle Trail to the top where a good sized crowd was just beginning to form. The weather was very changeable- but looked like it might clear- which it did, but only after I had left. I then went over to Hamlin Peak, whose summit I had all to myself. Went down the Ridge trail.
Took the Helon Taylor trail up to Pamola. Crossed the Knife Edge to Baxter Peak. Took the Saddle trail on the way down. Just an amazing experience! Unbelievable!
This climb was the best highpoint experience I've had yet. This isn't just a nice hike; it is a climb, my first ever. Fab! We were continually lucky with this highpoint. First of all, we just drove up to Baxter Park on a Saturday night and somehow got a campsite without a reservation. Then on the climb, the clouds/fog was so thick, that we did not know what we were really doing above treeline. We couldn't see the dropoffs or cliffs, so we had no idea how big this mountain was. Had we been able to see, perhaps we would have chickened out. Finally, once on Baxter Peak, we were lucky again because the misty fog burned off, and we were treated to views like no others. Simply spectacular. Plus, one of our members almost slid into a large snake on the descent. Very funny to see him shriek. HA!
Visited Hamlin, North, Baxter, and South peaks in fog
Great place to be.....
The Baxter Park rangers were only allowing access via the Abol Trail, making us commit to returning via our ascent route. There were clouds from Tableland Flats and above, but the weather remained relatively warm, even on the summit. This was an unrelenting climb up the rock gully! It took me by surprise.
Katahdin is amazing. Had perfect weather for a knife edge traverse. The moment you crest Pamola and the ridge comes into view is impossible to describe. I plan to return often.
Maybe longest day of hiking I have ever had and certainly the scariest. I led a group of 10 teeenagers up the mountain. It was sunny to start the day, but clouds began rolling in from the west as the morning continued. Crossed the knife's edge in complete fog (cloud cover) and got to the top of South Peak in the middle of a raging thuderstorm! Only we really were IN the thunderstorm. Try finding cover in a bunch of boulders. In a brief lull we ran over to Baxter Peak (Katahdin) and down into the south basin. No views what-so-ever. Oh well. At the least the ranger was surprised at how quick we made the loop.
Longest day of climbing ever but it was worth it, although we had to scramble quickly down the Saddle trail because of a thunderstorm. This was the first real mountain I climbed, truly awesome.
First highpoint; at least first one I paid attention to. Ran out of water on the ascent, partner was ill-equipped, but the bug bit us. Both of us are avid highpointers now - and much better prepared!
It's a must do.. We did approx. 8 hour drive to get there..
Wow. This was my first big mountain climb. The temperature was above 100 degrees, hot as hell. I got ridiculously dehydrated and was sick for a couple days. This mountain is a beast and deserves respect. I will go back again.
I was losing my mind in NYC so I took off work for a few days and started driving. Left NYC at 4pm in the afternoon, and I was by the gate in Baxter at 4 am, just in time to have breakfast and wait to get in and climb. I was one of the first early parties on the summit that day and we had a terrific view. After 12pm, clouds started rolling and visibility deterioriated for those that where there. One of the best climbs in the Northeast, by far worth the long drive.
Went up the leftmost gully in the saddle basin which is about AI1 neve snow typically in march. A nice hike with a descent down the Hamlin Ridge which is a gem of a trail.