Katahdin Climber's Log

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

Good one  Sucess!



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 - 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.


Moogie737 - Oct 4, 2013 9:24 am Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2013

Helon Taylor - Up and Down  Sucess!

#1 10-2-13 Solo. Forecast for sunshine and NNW winds 10-20 mph held until Pamola Peak. From there it became 50' vis in thick moist clouds and winds 30 mph gusting to 40 mph. One upbeat aspect was that it was relatively warm, maybe 45 degrees. Met Tom (Abol trail) and one other at the weathered but still standing summit sign. Fall colors were breathtaking - when one could see them. On return I did the Knife-Edge again, holding on for dear life and descended below clouds at 4,000'. Exactly 7 hrs r/t. I'd love to do this route with clear skies and light winds. :)


joseyinnet - Sep 30, 2013 11:28 am Date Climbed: Sep 28, 1986

Beautiful fall day  Sucess!

Went up and down Abol slide trail. Gorgeous fall weather, and lots of nice foliage. Quite a bit easier than I was expecting, but still a great experience. Nice to see a lot of Appalachian trail hikers finishing. Anyway, state HP#22 in the books...


nefarious_1_ - Sep 29, 2013 12:30 am Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2013

Fantastic Mountain  Sucess!

Up Dudley, across Knife Edge, down Saddle: an incredible, fantastic climb. Round trip around 9hrs including a nice break at Baxter Peak while talking to few guys completing their AT thru-hike. Dudley was wet and slippery making for a trully exhilarating climb. The weather was quite cloudy at the start and cleared up nicely for the Knife Edge traverse allowing for some excellent photographs. Certainly one of my (if not THE) favorite Northeast climbs to date. Also saw several moose throughout the park during a couple day hikes. I can't wait to visit the park again.


ljbailey - Sep 15, 2013 1:29 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2013

slippery on knifes edge  Sucess!

We went up Abol over knifes edge, and back down. A member of our group fell behind and got switched around at the top. I had to set off at 10 pm for a search and rescue hike to find her. Everyone got back safe, some lessons were learned, and all is forgiven.


LesterLong - Sep 2, 2013 12:35 am Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2012

A real mountain  Sucess!

Up and down the Helen Taylor route. I really enjoyed the mountain and hope to return to it....it has more lessons for me.


LP - Aug 20, 2013 9:45 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

Awesome Road Trip to Baxter  Sucess!

Did the 350 mile drive to finally get Katadhin! Totally worth it.


huskertriguy - Jun 14, 2013 12:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2013

Saved it for a Rainy Day  Sucess!

Helon Knife Edge up;
Saddle Trail/Chimney Pond down.

It started raining one hour into my hike and did not let up for the rest of the day.

I really should not have been on the Knife Edge that day. Another hiker caught up to me and we adjusted our paces to stick together, as we were both mutually relieved someone else was dumb enough to be on the slick rocks in that rain and wind.

Only one other person I know of summited that day -- and he was a 69-year-old man who was very ill-outfitted and hypothermic, so getting to the ranger station down the extremely windy Saddle Trail to alert the ranger, hanging out and drying as the ranger got this guy warm and dry, and then walking him (and 60-70 pounds of his soaking wet gear, from jeans to flannel to asundry items) back took some time and pain.

Recommend descending the Saddle Trail, but those high winds are unlike any I have ever experienced anywhere in my life.

13 hours on the trail by the time I was done, 12 of which I spent soaked to the bone.

All in all a great day, beautiful mountain, and the weather helped ensure I had relative solitude. :-)

A very hard-earned SHP #32.


funnyfarm - Jun 8, 2013 9:17 am Date Climbed: May 29, 2013

Tale of Two Days  Sucess!

With only Abol and Hunt trails open, I was hesitant. I am not very experienced on technical leaning trails or scrambles. Morning was beautiful as I went up Abol. The weather turned nasty as I hit the summit and on the advice of the ranger I went down the Hunt trail. Not sure that was great advice but I made it five rain soaked hours later. Still had to hike two miles back to the car. I want to do it again when other tails are open. This was number 8.


sredfern - May 24, 2013 11:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010

Crew 63 Summits Katahdin  Sucess!

Summited with the heartiest members of my BSA Venture Crew including my son. Weather was good, and we summited mid morning. We considered crossing Knife Edge but weather forecast wasn't great and we decided not to chance it. Fantastic hike!


lutty11 - Feb 17, 2013 4:14 pm Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2013

Great Area

Great setting, tons of route options. Had to bail on summit attempt (Waterfall Gully) due to unstable snow. Get it Next time!

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