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.
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!
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.
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
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
The icing on the top of a great week of backpacking trip with my brother. Grey and blowing up top, but great memories!
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.
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]
Hunt trail, forcast called for overcast but it was blue bird all day.
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.
#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. :) #2 10-4-22 W/Lana. 6+30 up HT-Knife Edge route. Bluebird day. Fall colors at 70%. 20+ hikers at the summit. Took the Saddle Trail down - it is definitely less demanding than the Knife Edge/HT going down. It had been 9 years since I last did this peak and I can attest that age takes its toll on speed. But we made it just fine and enjoyed the group campsite at Bearbrook both before and after the climb.
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...
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.
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.
Up and down the Helen Taylor route. I really enjoyed the mountain and hope to return to it....it has more lessons for me.
Did the 350 mile drive to finally get Katadhin! Totally worth it.
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.
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.
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!