Katahdin Climber's Log

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harbor

harbor - Jul 15, 2015 5:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2015

Great Hike up Cathedral  Sucess!

After being bullied by several park rangers we started at 1 oclock pm from Roaring Brook trailhead and it took us only 3 hours to make up to the top via Cathedral. It was a gorgeous hike. 4000 feet of elevation gain - about half of it on the 1.5 mile stretch on the cathedral ridge. We spent nearly an hour on top and took a leisurely pace back down the saddle trail to see some different scenery. Katahdin is a cool mountain and I'll be back to backpack through some of the other part of the park some day for sure.

The rangers must be used to all sorts of inexperienced people trying to hike this mountain. Here are a few things they were very adamant about telling us before we hiked to make sure we knew that Katahdin is the roughest and toughest mountain in the world:

-You CANNOT start hiking after noon.
-You must have a headlamp and a backup headlamp.
-Katahdin WILL kick your @$$.
-They don't move rocks off the trail like on some trails back west.
-It WILL take you 8-12 hours.
-It doesn't matter how many 4k+ foot elevation gain mountains you have hike before because they aren't the same as a Katahdin 4 thousand feet gain."

My thoughts as I hiked Katahdin in 7 hours at a leisurly pace well past their cut-off time on a beautiful bluesky afternoon:
-There are more signs in this park than any trail system I've seen in any part of Utah.
-There are nearly as many rangers and ranger stations in this area as a National Park.
-There are at least 3 places you register or checkin/checkout.
-There were all sorts of volunteers wearing hard hats (probably working on trails).
-The trails are marked by Color Coded Spray paint rectangles and arrows every 10 feet.
-Once up above tree line there are 5-6 foot cairns every 10-20 feet with the color coded spray paint in between the cairns in case you can't see the carins.
-There are many boardwalks any time it gets marshy.
-There are bridges across streams.
-There are huts you can rent to camp in at the half-way mark if 4 miles is too much for you to handle in one day or if you want to acclimatize at 2400 feet for a few nights before a summit push.
-It felt like a normal 4000 foot elevation gain mountain.
-The trees and understory grow in so thick in Maine that it would be nearly impossible to get off-trial.

Just as a disclaimer to this:
We were not being irresponsible hikers starting at 1:00 pm. We had been checking weather reports for days. We had turn-around times if it got too late. We had plans for bad weather. We would have been fine going back down and camping if things got ugly. We had the 10 Essentials and some non-essential gear with us. Katahdin is a serious mountain, no doubt, but not any more serious than any other mountain I've been on.

islandborn11

islandborn11 - Jul 12, 2015 1:00 am Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2015

The Sun Came Out  Sucess!

after about three hours of steady rain. I summitted an hour later and got occasional great views from the top between cloud cover. A fun, challenging solo climb across the Saddle trail. The park and area in general is just so remote and beautiful. Due to the rain the ranger advised me against the Knife Edge and Cathedral (especially going down) but I still had an outstanding eight hour hike. #22 and done with the East.

Hiker4life

Hiker4life - Feb 28, 2015 10:37 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2008

Abol/Hunt  Sucess!

After missing the turnoff to Baxter SP and driving about 25 miles out of my way, I made my way back and had a great day hiking up to Katahdin. Great weather and views!

siekkid

siekkid - Jan 5, 2015 4:43 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2013

Katahdin  Sucess!

Solo hike of Katahdin up Abol Slide, across Knife Edge and descending via Helon Taylor trail. Perfect weather. Hitched a ride back to Abol Campground with a van full of Amish from Iowa.

lorothy12 - Jan 3, 2015 8:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2014

great summer hike  Sucess!

Hiked this with a big group of friends (under 12 of courseā€¦). Beautiful weather and a great, challenging hike.

bshirley - Nov 11, 2014 11:48 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2005

Great Hike  Sucess!

Camped a couple of days to bird and hike. Bagged the peak and got a Bicknell's Thrush along the way!

Bluebell08

Bluebell08 - Oct 19, 2014 12:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2014

Beautiful  Sucess!

Bushwhacked a gulley/rock scramble route from Chimney Pond and descended Cathedral. Beautiful weather and isolation until the summit crowds. Highpoint #25.

Ides

Ides - Sep 15, 2014 5:20 am Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2014

beautiful day  Sucess!

By the Hunt trail.

Outdooraholic

Outdooraholic - Sep 12, 2014 3:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2014

HIghpoint #26  Sucess!

Hiked up the saddle trail in the rain (plus it had been raining for days prior). Trail was basically a river/waterfall. Not fun!

Grampahawk

Grampahawk - Sep 12, 2014 9:29 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2014

excellent  Sucess!

We hiked into Chimney Pond in the rain and suffered through thunderstorms all night, but the dawn brought clear skies and high winds (50mph) so we opted not to do the knife edge. We did Baxter Peak and then the clouds covered the summit and we headed over to Hamlin. The wind blew the clouds away toward afternoon and we enjoyed the view into the basin as we hunkered out of the wind and had lunch. No one else opted the Hamlin Ridge trail so we had it all to ourselves. Great day.

Katelyn - Aug 23, 2014 5:38 am Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2014

Great views the entire trip

Up the Helon to Knifes Edge, down the saddle and Chimney Pond trails. Helon is a gorgeous hike, noted by big rocks jutting from the trail and lined by trees native to the area. The Knife's edge was beautiful, but much easier than anticipated. Be careful to pass any inexperienced hikers with caution. A beautiful day, warm 60degrees 10mph winds, clear skies- I couldn't have asked for a better day. I also spotted a moose who calmly drank from the same stream as I cooled my hands near the Roaring brook parking lot (about a mile in) Amazing hike all in all!

texassheps - Jul 23, 2014 7:52 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2014

Tough but doable  Sucess!

We summited Katahdin on the Hunt Trail. Very demanding hike, 5 1/2 hours up and 5 1/2 hours down. 60 degrees at the start, sweating like pigs in no time. However, the weather cooperated the whole way, probably mid 40's at the summit. My wife was 15 hours round trip.

Some points: 1) You need to secure a permit ***on-line***. We thought you just needed to show up early but they were already full for our Saturday (fortunately, there were permits available for Sunday). 2) 2 quarts was not enough. We actually stashed a 3rd quart at the falls but somebody pinched them. If you try this, hide your stash really well. 3) The holds and boulder scrambling can be very difficult if you're short. 4) There is no water at the trail head, bring extra in your car. 5) Bring your headlamp! I know, I know, you won't need it, but it's completely dark after sunset, no hiking possible without a light, and stuff does happen. 6) If you happen to encounter locked gates at the park (we did), there's an emergency release.

punchline

punchline - Jun 5, 2014 7:08 am Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2014

Hunt Trail  Sucess!

I would like to thank my employer for (unknowingly) sending me on business trips that just happen to be near state Highpoints :) Kathadin was one of those. Questionable weather reports initially almost lead me to not venture out. But as I got closer to the trailhead it was just overcast. Abol trail closed for the season so I took the Hunt trail up and down. On the way down the rain appeared and held on for most of the descent. One bonus was that I never had to break out the bug spray or sunscreen! Luckily the rental car had heated seats so that I could warm up my butt on the way back to the hotel! Highpoint #16

millertime300

millertime300 - Apr 16, 2014 11:38 am Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2012

On a Knife's Edge  Sucess!

Climbed it via the Knife Edge route. Very windy but I pressed on anyways. Not for the faint of heart! Dramatic exposure. Loved it. Probably my favorite part of my hike to the Whites. Descended the Hunt/AT

IdahoScott

IdahoScott - Apr 7, 2014 5:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 1997

Highpoint #5  Sucess!

The icing on the top of a great week of backpacking trip with my brother. Grey and blowing up top, but great memories!

BobD3

BobD3 - Feb 15, 2014 12:49 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 1971

First of about 218 peaks on the AT  Sucess!

Beginning of a 1500 mile AT journey going north to south. Would love to go back and finish the segment between Roanoke, Va. and Springer Mtn. someday. Cloudy, cool, breezy, on the summit.

iamrwood

iamrwood - Jan 13, 2014 11:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2013

White Out  Sucess!

Hiked up to Chimney Pond pre-dawn and then up Cathedral Ridge. Weather prevented us from crossing Knife's Edge. :( [with Pocket Rocks & Big Bird]

artirm

artirm - Jan 5, 2014 7:41 pm Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2008

Good one  Sucess!

Cilley-Barber

WhiteInVermont

WhiteInVermont - Nov 23, 2013 9:26 am Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2013

Sunshine Surprise  Sucess!

Hunt trail, forcast called for overcast but it was blue bird all day.

technicolorNH

technicolorNH - Oct 21, 2013 12:12 am Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2013

harder than Washington, easier than Borah  Sucess!

Two hours and fifty five minutes up the Hunt trail. Great class two and three action until I hit the tabletop. Nice weather for mid October even if it was numbingly cold and windy at the summit. Great views. Three hours down punctuated by seeing three through hikers finishing their AT hike with a dreadlocked girl following behind them at a more reasonable (I.e. fast as opposed to blazing fast) pace. My 37th state high point.

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