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.
Low clouds and rain made Cathedral trail an interesting climb. Visibility was only 20 feet at times, but once we got above the clouds it was great.
I did the "usual" route up Katahdin via the AT. Once above tree line the hike up the granite is fantastic.
This was my second attempt. In May of 1997 there was too much snow on the mountain for the rangers to open the peak. This is an impressive mountain even for someone from Colorado. My youngest son and I climbed into the clouds. There were no views at the summit other than the numerous summit signs.
Had a lucky break in the weather until about half way across the knife edge, from then on the mountain was totally socked in by clouds. Amazing place though, and prob. my new favorite east coast mountain.
It figures...no hurracaines have come close to Maine in quite a few years. The weekend we planned to hike Katahdin (since MAY!!), hurracaine Kyle decides to make an appearance!! They shut down the mountain...so much for being on top of the world (in Maine anyway)! Heck, got to camp out at Chimney Pond Campground and look at the beautiful mountain (when the fog and clouds allowed me to). I'm SO glad we had a tarp for that evening...
Oh well...as the old addage goes...the mountain ain't going anywhere.
All the rangers we encountered said we probably wouldn't summit because of the rain, but we went ahead and hiked anyway. We were the first group out of Roaring Brook and first out of Chimney Pond. We headed up Saddle and nabbed Baxter before 11 AM and then took the Knife Edge down, getting South, Chimney and Pamola Peaks on the way. By the time we got back to Chimney Pond, we were almost totally dry despite having soaked through our hardshells. It was a long (11 hours), hard, and pretty cold day, but totally worth it. Traversing the Knife Edge in the mist was one of the coolest mountain experiences I've had.
Hey...we were there on the 27th too!! We DIDN'T summit on the 27th...we were wet, cold, and frustrated (our lean to was TRASHED so we couldn't unpack our 40 lb backpacks to hit the summit right away). Of course, once we got unpacked and were ready to hit it (it had stopped raining, we were dry and fed)...it was 12:30 and cut off is 11:00! Despite others who went up past cut off...we "followed the rules" and stayed down. Heck, as we were staying the night, we can at least hit Baxter via the Saddle tomorrow, right? NOPE!!! 9-28...they shut the mountain down!! I almost cried.
The leaves were at their peak at the lower elevations and it was a perfect day. The scramble to be one of the few cars let into the park at 5am was quite the experience.
Was planning on doing Knife Edge-Helon Taylor Trail but my dad and brother chickened out with one look at Knife Edge. We went back down Dudley and up Saddle, came back down then past Chimney Pond to the parking lot. Estimated distance: 15 - 17 miles.
Tried to do Helon Taylor to the knife's edge the morning before but didnt like the weather so decided on Hunt Trail instead. Weather sucked but it was still a great climb. Left at 5am and had the mountain to ourselves all morning.