Mount Katahdin

Mount Katahdin
Photo by Mark de Saint-Rat, all rights reserved.

Mount Katahdin is a rugged and beautiful mountain that dominates the vast remote wilderness of Baxter State Park in Northern Maine. The mountain, despite its relatively small elevation, looms above treeline in this area. Its high peak, Baxter Peak, is the northern terminus of the 2,025-mile Appalachian Trail. Other trails link Katahdin's high peaks, and include the spectacular Knife Edge Trail (2,000 feet of vertical drop on either side), which connects South Peak and Pamola Peak, both east of Baxter. Several climbers have lost their lives on Knife Edge Trail.

Elevation (feet): 5,268
Elevation (meters): 1,606
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Longfellow Mountains
State: Maine
Latitude: 45.9
Longitude: -68.9167
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Bangor, Maine
Convenient Center: Millinocket, Maine

Trip Reports

There are 100 trip reports for Mount Katahdin.

  • Log #20822 - by Bobbie Cyr on June 11, 20073.00 stars
    We started with 3 hikers but only 2 made it to the summit. My son age 22 and I age 53 took the Hunt trail we started at 8:15 a.m. it took us 9 hours. It was hard work and a very difficult climb but...
  • Log #20858 - by Marc MacLean on July 02, 20073.00 stars
    Amazing hike but be prepared for all the seasons in one day.
  • Log #8403 - by erik hischmann (rhythm) on Oct 20, 20043.00 stars
    "a word to the wise. on a humid and sunny day, i reccomend you carry at least 3 quarts of water per person. being a novice hiker at the time, i had only 1 1/2 quarts of water and was dehydrated...
  • Log #8404 - by Tom Verbeure on Oct 11, 20043.00 stars
    Excellent weather at the start, but clouds came in later and covered the peak. We started out at Katahdin Stream. After the peak, we went to The Knife's Edge to check out its reputation. Suddently,...
  • Log #8405 - by Dan Day on Sep 15, 20043.00 stars
    First time in the park. Hope to be back next year for another trip to the top with my bro, Pete Millett
  • Log #8406 - by KM on Sep 13, 20043.00 stars
    Had a group of church kids with us (ages 8, 10, 12, 14) and we ascended the Saddleback, crossed over to the Knife's Edge to Pamola, then down Helon Taylor trail. Since I'm not an expirienced hiker,...
  • Log #8407 - by STACY SHELTO on July 13, 20043.00 stars
  • Log #8408 - by Yury Konev on July 10, 20043.00 stars
    This is a beautiful, rugged, and remote mountain far north of Maine's population areas near the coast. It offers some of the best hiking opportunities east of the Rockies. Be sure to arrive very...
  • Log #8409 - by Susan Faidley on July 01, 20043.00 stars
    After finishing my Appalachian Trail journey, there could be no finer way to end it. This is one really special mountain! And not just because it is the end of the Trail, but because it stands out...
  • Log #8410 - by w. vandenhaak on May 31, 20043.00 stars
    made it up cathedral, but weather was sub-par, to say the least. not much of a view through all the clouds and fog
  • Log #8411 - by Erin on Mar 17, 20043.00 stars
    This past summer, climbed Katahdin again. The first time I had climbed, the weather changed as we summitted, and the adults in the group decied to decend the shortest trail to Chimney Pond...
  • Log #8412 - by Jay Meyer on Mar 17, 20043.00 stars
    My second ascent of Katahdin in wintertime; the first was in February, 2003 (also described in this log). This time was a lot colder than the first! On the second and third days of our four day trip,...
  • Log #8413 - by Steve Richardson on Mar 12, 20043.00 stars
    Climbed from the Nose-route. It was an enjoyable climb, but since I live right next to the Tetons, it certainly didn't measure up to what I'm used to. Perhaps 100 million years ago there really were...
  • Log #8414 - by Brian Jenkins on Mar 05, 20043.00 stars
    Scrambled up Cathedral Ridge. Super fun. Storm came and prevented us from descending Knife Edge.
  • Log #8415 - by Jim on Feb 06, 20043.00 stars
    The last time I climed Katahdin was my favorite. Three days before they closed the trails because it was too hot. The day we climed it was in the high 20's and snowing.
  • Log #8416 - by melisa on Jan 06, 20043.00 stars
    Katahdin, was the most difficult, thrilling and eye opening experience. I was a novice and still am, this was my frist mountain from bottom to top and back again. I loved it and I love Maine.
  • Log #8417 - by Mike Hinz on Dec 08, 20033.00 stars
    I climbed up the Appalachian Trial to the summit and across the Knifes edge and down the mtn. I was dissapointed with the Appalachian trail on the way up until we hit the summit and the knifes edge...
  • Log #8418 - by Mike Weber on Dec 05, 20033.00 stars
    I am also adding that I was a student at the Univ of Maine when I climbed Mt Katahdin and it was the first mountain I ever climbed. Since that time I have climbed mountains all over the USA and...
  • Log #8419 - by Taylor McKenney on Oct 13, 20033.00 stars
    climbing Mnt. Katahdin was one of the best experiences i have ever had. I went with my boyfriend for three days and camped at chimney pond. After reaching the peak you feel like you have accomplished...
  • Log #8420 - by Pick on Sep 22, 20033.00 stars
    Tagged the high point of Maine on a windy, rainy, foggy class 2 day. Climbed via the Chimney Pond Trail and the Saddle Knife Edge due to the wind. Perseverance paid off when the clouds...
  • Log #8421 - by Bill Lario on Sep 18, 20033.00 stars
    Last year couldn't get to summit because of snow. This year wanted to go up Cathederal and back down the Saddle but Saddle was closed for snow. On the recomendation of the park rangers Charlie and I...
  • Log #8422 - by Matt Lindner on Sep 12, 20033.00 stars
    Kathadin has to be the coolest mountain in the entire east. Based on Cathedral and word-of-mouth, all routes are excellent. From Chimney Pond, the mountain has a very distinct western look to it. As...
  • Log #8423 - by Peter Millett on Sep 08, 20033.00 stars
    This was the 10th trip up the mountain. Staying at Chimney Pond. Up and down the Saddle Trail in the rain. No visibility on the top.
  • Log #8424 - by Dan Kravitz on Sep 03, 20033.00 stars
    7 years, 4th attempt. 56 years old, 5'7", 195 lbs (maybe 190 now, even with water catch-up). Worth it. How can I feel this good when everything aches? Dan Kravitz
  • Log #8425 - by Tim on Aug 22, 20033.00 stars
    Made this climb to mark my 40th birthday. My first climb of this sort. Had planned to park at Roaring Brook, but my 6:15am gate arrival was too late. We were routed to Abol camp ground.
  • Log #8426 - by mike coiley on Aug 22, 20033.00 stars
    We had a bueatiful climb up the mountain. Spent the night at Katadin Inn, got to Roaring Brook camp ground at 7:00 am. From there we preceeded up to chimney pond, then on to cathedral trail, very...
  • Log #8427 - by Marc Loiselle on Aug 19, 20033.00 stars
    I went up hunt trail. It was a nice day. This mountain completes my highpoints for New England. It took less than 3 hours to the top.
  • Log #8428 - by Mark on July 21, 20033.00 stars
    Went up the Helon Taylor Trail (steep and strenous), across Knife Edge and down Saddle Trail to Chimney Pond. Was my second attempt after getting stormed off the Saddle Trail in 2002. Terrific...
  • Log #8430 - by Drew Dunning on June 19, 20033.00 stars
    I have hiked every trail on Katahdin. Beginners stick to the Chimney Pond/Saddle route to Baxter's Peak. Hunt trail is not bad but a long hike. Abol is shortest to the peak but can be slippery in...
  • Log #8431 - by Mark on June 07, 20033.00 stars
    One of the best hikes ever. Enjoyed the boulder scramble. Pix at http://www.
  • Log #8432 - by Stephen Jones on May 30, 20033.00 stars
    We climbed the saddleback trail and came in from Roaring brook campground. I cam with my grandfather. He is 53 and i was 13. We spent 25 min.
  • Log #8433 - by Rick on May 28, 20033.00 stars
    Completed this hike Columbus Day Weekend, 2000. Started out about 5AM, very cold day. While still below treeline, the snow started. Still made the peak after traversing Knife's Edge, tremendous...
  • Log #8434 - by Scott Patterson on May 09, 20033.00 stars
    Hello my climbing friends. I'm sure that Katadin is a great climb, as is Mt. Elbert and Longs Peak. I believe this is a summit log, and not a debate chat room on which mountains are better than...
  • Log #8435 - by Mark on May 07, 20033.00 stars
    Moderation is a fatal thing, Scott the Ute. Nothing suceeds like excess. Katahdin unlike many mountains in the Rockies is tall. From Abol Pond to the top it rises 4676 feet in 4.
  • Log #8436 - by Scott on May 04, 20033.00 stars
    "Kat" really is a hill and pale in comparison to most of the Rockies, Sierras, and Cascades. I know this because I have climbed this and many other peaks in New England and as well as all...
  • Log #8438 - by Paco on Apr 25, 20033.00 stars
    Before you go bashing Elbert for not having the vertical rise of the mighty Katahdin, you might check the vertical rises of peaks like Pikes Peak, the Tetons, the Wasatch, or more impressive, the...
  • Log #8439 - by dave nh on Apr 24, 20033.00 stars
    Hey John from CO, get over yourself, kathadin is and of itself one fine mountain that I am happy to climb year after year, stay where you are ,us "hill" climbers don't need you
  • Log #8440 - by Elbert Climber on Mar 15, 20033.00 stars
    I practiced climbing Mt. Katahdin to prepare for the ascent of the highest mountain in Colorado-Mt. Elbert. I understood that Mt. Elbert is only a few hundred feet shorter than the lofty Matterhorn.
  • Log #8441 - by John on Mar 13, 20033.00 stars
    This is probably the best mountain (hill)east of the Mississippi, but it pales in comparison and is just a hill when compared to the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, Cascades, or Alaska.
  • Log #8442 - by TODD PATTERSON on Jan 31, 20033.00 stars
    Maine's state jewel as far as I am concerned! An absolutely beautiful mountain, perfect in every way. Katahdin and I shall see each other again.
  • Log #8443 - by Tom Boido on Jan 24, 20033.00 stars
    The first time I ever saw the mountain was at 35,000 feet. I was flying back in an Air Force C-141 from England when I spotted it. From the air, it looked like an U. Cool looking.
  • Log #8444 - by Mohamed Ellozy on Nov 06, 20023.00 stars
    Drove to Millinocket and stayed in motel overnight. Got up around 4 AM and had breakfast at a convenience store at a gas station. Got to gate before 5 AM. When the gate opened we drove to Katahdin...
  • Log #8445 - by Chris McIntire on Oct 14, 20023.00 stars
    Wednesday October 2nd, 2002 - While most of the entries here note the large number of people on Mt. Katahdin, my wife and I found very few fellow hikers and plenty of empty parking spaces. In fact...
  • Log #8446 - by Mike Dwyer on Sep 22, 20023.00 stars
    We camped at Roaring Brook Campground and started at 6:15 am on a very hot day. Took Chimney Pond Trail to Dudley Trail (very strenuous) across the Knifes Edge to Baxter Peak. We descended by the...
  • Log #8447 - by Carl Moon on Sep 13, 20023.00 stars
    Also did Hamlin (what a breeze!)
  • Log #8448 - by Rick Story on Sep 11, 20023.00 stars
    There were 8 of us climbing to celebrate my friend Al's completion of the NE 115 (We are all ADK46ers). This was my first major climb since having an Arotic Valve replaced in my heart 8 months...
  • Log #8449 - by Linda Johnson on Sep 09, 20023.00 stars
    A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Very rugged, took us 14.5 hours from Roaring Brook up the Chimney Pond trail and the Saddle Trail, across Knife Edge and down Taylor Trail. Not for acrophobics.
  • Log #8450 - by Caroline Boyaud on Sep 02, 20023.00 stars
    Went up the Katahdin by the Helon Taylor trail to Pamola on a beautiful and sunny (but crowded) day. We then took the Knife edge (soooo exhilarating!) to Baxter, add our rock to the cairn and came...
  • Log #8451 - by Colleen Pascu on Aug 26, 20023.00 stars
    Hi, August 19, 2002 marked the second anniversary of my wedding that took place on Baxter Peak. The funny thing is that I have video from the wedding, but no still photos (go to...
  • Log #8452 - by Carol Bollenbeck on July 23, 20023.00 stars
    Incredible experience. Very rugged, tough, but exilerating. The highlight of my 2.5 week vacation.
  • Log #8453 - by Al Kormesser on July 19, 20023.00 stars
    Summited Katahdin via the Hunt Trail and then returned the same way. Got there before the park was open and was the third group, my brother-in-law and I, up The Hunt. Lots of the trail had turned...
  • Log #8454 - by Alex Champoux on June 23, 20023.00 stars
    We hiked base-chimney pond-summit-across the Knife's Edge to Pamola- down Helon Taylor. It was really hard, but fun. 4 min into the hike we ran into a deer. We got within 2 feet of it and it was...
  • Log #8455 - by Scott Turner on May 28, 20023.00 stars
    We summitted via Cathedral Ledge. The forecast was for thunderstorms in the afternoon and Park Service people strongly suggested we not go to the top but after a 5 hour drive from NH we decided an...
  • Log #8456 - by Temi Carson on Apr 26, 20023.00 stars
    My boyfriend and I hiked Katahdin, My first climb. We got there on Saturday afternoon, had a reservation for Sat night at Nesowadnahunk campground, we missed the sunset, but Mikey made the sun come...
  • Log #8457 - by Lisa R Shea on Apr 04, 20023.00 stars
    I'll never forget any of the times that I climbed Mount Katahdin. My June 1991 trip, was with a boyfriend who had strong arms but weak legs. I could have made better time if I didn't have him holding...
  • Log #8458 - by Jay Meyer on Feb 20, 20023.00 stars
    I led a six member team on this four day winter ascent of Katahdin via Roaring Brook, Chimney Pond and Cathedral Gully. We followed a fairly typical itinerary for a winter trip to this mountain: Day...
  • Log #8459 - by Jim Lombard on Feb 12, 20023.00 stars
    Went Helon Taylor to Knifes edge to Cathedral and down. I'd recommend doing what we did in reverse. The Knifes edge is one of the most incredible hikes anywhere. My first time on the summit, warm...
  • Log #8461 - by Midnite Flame on Jan 01, 20023.00 stars
    Up the AT-Hunt trail and reached the summit around 14:00. Too beautiful to even describe. around 10 degrees F but wind chill of well below 0. My brother and I had intended to descend the same way but...
  • Log #8462 - by Chris Gisldorf on Nov 26, 20013.00 stars
    Absolutely the sweetest peak my dad and I have ever climbed. Got started a 7:00 AM with a beautiful, cloudless day (hot though) Headed up Pamola Peak by Helon Taylor Trail (pronounced Hee'lon). When...
  • Log #8463 - by Richard C. Ballman and Kris Seefeldt on Nov 24, 20013.00 stars
    One of our most memorable hiking experiences! We took the Helon Taylor trail to Pamola Peak,then proceeded across the challenging Knife Edge before reaching the summit and finally descended down the...
  • Log #8464 - by Christian Boyaud on Sep 21, 20013.00 stars
    First time to Baxter park. Leaving from Quebec city awfully late (19h00) on friday night, and stoping in St-Georges-de-Beauce for the grocery, we drove by night on the small country roads of Maine,...
  • Log #8465 - by Roselle Abregu on Aug 23, 20013.00 stars
    The most beautiful trail in the east. Very well maintained and a wonderful experience. Thank you!!!
  • Log #8466 - by Cory Lampert on July 13, 20013.00 stars
    Summited the great Katadin on the first day it was open 1999. I was stuck in Millinocket for three days previous to the climb with four AT thru-hikers I had flip-flopped with. After the three days of...
  • Log #8467 - by greg peters on June 13, 20013.00 stars
    We went up the Abol trail and down the Hunt. Beautiful day, but a bit chilly on top. If you go - wear comfortable shoes and a good pack. Walking sticks or poles will help on the descents.
  • Log #8468 - by Brad Thomas on Feb 27, 20013.00 stars
    It was a beautiful sunny day temp around 15F and a light breeze. The plan was to ascend Dudley trail traverse the knife edge and descend Cathedral trail. Unfortunately our pace was too slow to...
  • Log #8469 - by Eric Jackel on Feb 06, 20013.00 stars
    Perhaps the premiere peak east of the Mississippi. Has a "western feel" to it, mainly due to the isolation of the mountain and the rugged terrain. An absolute must-climb for any mountaineer!
  • Log #8471 - by Christine Gormley on Oct 11, 20003.00 stars
    Ten friends traveled up the mountain via knifes edge and decended on the saddleback trail. It was quite an adventure for all of us. The sites were spectacular. We experienced God in His full creation.
  • Log #8472 - by Ron Smith on Oct 05, 20003.00 stars
    After climbing Dudly and being turned back hafeway across Knife-Edge by a thunderstorm on July 4th, we returned on September 25th for another attempt. This time the weather was perfect. After...
  • Log #8473 - by Dan Brunelle on Oct 01, 20003.00 stars
    Ascended via Saddle Trail with my brother, Paul, my two children, my friend Bob, and his son. Although we all had climbed Mt. Washington previously (some of us from multiple trails) we found this...
  • Log #8474 - by Sean Tagen on Sep 25, 20003.00 stars
    KNIFES EDGE, Baby !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think Mt. Washington is a walk in the park, if you want to compare them.
  • Log #8475 - by M. Spenard on Sep 24, 20003.00 stars
    There are many trails that end in summit, Abol trail being the most direct route--but be careful on your descent if yoiu choose Abol, it can be very steep and dangerous. Abol trail runs on the south...
  • Log #8476 - by Robert O'Leary on Aug 22, 20003.00 stars
    I got the chance of a lifetime to hike Katahdin with my son, Robert, who his starting his senior year studying geology at Virginia Tech, and my good buddy from law school, William Daniel, on August...
  • Log #8477 - by Ryan Andersen on Aug 19, 20003.00 stars
    on a clear blue day, a group from bridgton maine climbed the northern termenus of the AT. At the top of baxter peak looking off to the SE you could see Cadilac Mountain on mount dessert island, over...
  • Log #8478 - by Brad Thomas on Aug 14, 20003.00 stars
    The weather was windy,wet and cold. The rangers at the chimney pond station were discouraging any ascent, but after driving 12 hours for one shot at making the climb I was not going to be turned...
  • Log #8479 - by Marianne on July 21, 20003.00 stars
    I went with my camp, a group of 10 of us, plus 2 instructors. It was the summer going into my freshman year of high school. We were out in Baxter for four days our trek: Roaring Brook > Chimney Pond...
  • Log #8480 - by Paul Croteau on July 17, 20003.00 stars
    After 30 years, still the same great trip. Weather forced changes to our original plans of Helon Taylor > Knife Edge >Baxter > Hamlin Peak > Chimney Pond. In the interest of summiting, we used...
  • Log #8482 - by Herman M. Heyn on June 28, 20003.00 stars
    My brother John (age 67) and I (age 69) first climbed Mt. K. in 1950. We still have our photos from then. On June 13th we completed a 50th anniversary climb.
  • Log #8483 - by Scotchichi Belanger on June 27, 20003.00 stars
    For those of you thinking of climbing Ktahdn' - get an early start and make reservations at Baxter. Many a fool has traveled all the way to the gates and has been denied access into the park or sent...
  • Log #8484 - by an anonymous user on June 10, 20003.00 stars
    Going back again in Summer of 2000. Great mountain with incredible views. Want to tackle Knife Edge this time. Went up Cathedral in '82.
  • Log #8485 - by Jeffrey Brownscheidle on Apr 14, 20003.00 stars
    Absolutely my favorite climb in the northeast, bar none. I am going to climb Mount Washington and ski Tuckerman's Ravine tomorrow, and it may prove to be a challenge for my favorite mountain. Still,...
  • Log #8486 - by Jon Huntington on Apr 06, 20003.00 stars
    A winter trip up Katahdin requires planning and preparation as well as preapproval by the Park Authority but it is more than worth the trouble when you top out on the Tableland (a 1/2 mile or so of...
  • Log #8487 - by David Vaughan Webber on Apr 05, 20003.00 stars
    Be in shape. This mountain, though not 14,000 feet high as in Colorado, or 20,000 feet as some others, is not for the feeble!! The majority of the trails go up steeply in places. As others have said,...
  • Log #8488 - by ashley bishop on Feb 06, 20003.00 stars
    This is a great mt, with beautiful views and excellent hiking!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Log #8489 - by M-A Girard on Jan 07, 20003.00 stars
    The weather wasn't good ... After driving 5 hrs to get at Baxter St. Park, we had to go there ... We made Baxter's peak and the Knife Edge and we took a hell of a beating !
  • Log #8490 - by Peter Gram on Jan 06, 20003.00 stars
    My favorite climb that I have done in the east. Katahdin is a beautiful mountain. Unfortunately, the knife ridge was closed when I was there.
  • Log #8492 - by Matt Worster on Aug 23, 19993.00 stars
    Did the great circle route: up hamlin ridge, across to Baxter, Knife's Edge, and Pamola, down the Helon Taylor. Beautiful day, three thru hikers finished while I was there. Been going to this peak...
  • Log #8493 - by Cindy Colarusso on Nov 01, 20043.00 stars
    Many thanks to the couple from Vermont who took our car keys at the summit, picked up our car at the Abol campground, and dropped it off at the Hunt Trail trailhead so that we could descend a...
  • Log #8494 - by Mark D on Aug 01, 19993.00 stars
    Myself, and my 2 13 year old nephews summited on 07-30-90. We acended up Abol,continued to Baxter peak across Knife's Edge then down the Helon Taylor trail. One suggestion I have......well actually 2...
  • Log #8495 - by Cindy Colarusso on Nov 01, 20043.00 stars
    Just want to say what an awesome climb Katahdin is!!! I had no idea the trail would consists more of climbing than of hiking. What a super surprise. I began the climb on the Abol trail and then the...
  • Log #8496 - by Josh Swartz on Apr 16, 19993.00 stars
    A beautiful mountain and possibly the best State Park I've ever been to. There's no place like the North Maine Woods!
  • Log #8497 - by Samuel R. Snyder VII on Apr 02, 19993.00 stars
    Hottest day in years, 80 on the summit and over 95 at base. Summited with my family, Sue, Emily and Sam VIII. Best family experience in years. Abol Slide up and down, toughest climb I ever made.
  • Log #8498 - by John Stull on Mar 23, 19993.00 stars
    i could'nt have picked a better day temps. in the 60'sand clear the view was breathtaking
  • Log #8500 - by Tom Deschesne on Dec 27, 19983.00 stars
    I've gone to the peak via the Helon Talor Trail the first time up. I crossed over the Knife Edge Trail from there. That same day I went to Chimney Pond from the peak via the Cathedral Trail. Very...
  • Log #8501 - by Jobe Wymore on Dec 02, 19983.00 stars
    One of the most "kept" places I have ever been.
  • Log #18765 - by NH on Sep 03, 20053.00 stars
    We had a beautiful day for hiking. While much of the trail is fairly easy. Once you get past Chimney Pond, it gets much steeper and harder. There were quite a few people at the top when we got there...
  • Log #19442 - by Alan Tompkins on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    I went up the Abol Trail. I began around 5a and once above treeline, could see the coast in the distance and nothing else but trees. The climb over boulders was quite difficult. While on ther...
  • Log #20709 - by Jeff Hoeksma on Mar 25, 20073.00 stars
    A good easy climb that will get you well above tree treeline. I first climbed Mount Katahdin when I was 14 and have summited the mountain several times since then. It always makes a good weekend...
  • Log #22193 - by easselin on June 29, 20113.00 stars
    Took the Cathedral Trail up and Knife's Edge down. Approach shoes very helpful!
  • Log #22194 - by Steve Gruhn on July 01, 20113.00 stars
    Summitted with Stony Burk and Garret Oswald.
  • Log #22270 - by Caj E Svensson on Jan 10, 20123.00 stars
    We camped three nights in the Baxter State Park, had rain for two days, and moved camp. Summitted in very hard wind. Maine is our 18th State Highpoint.