AMC's Best Backpacking in New England
by Matt Heid (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© 2014 Matt Heid/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
Qued at Togue Pond Gate, 4AM. We were number 15 in line!
Started our hike from Roaring Brook at around 5:45 AM. Arrived at Chimney Pond at 8:15 AM. It was as if we started in Maine and the trail ended in Yosemite! The views at CP were outstanding! It was a beautiful day and as previously mentioned this is a typical New England trail, roots, rocks and in some places a bit wet. Overall it was a nice warm up before our assent up Saddle Trail. Trail Sign Mile Markers did seem to be a bit off.
I only hiked the 3.3 mile (6.6 r/t) portion from the Roaring Brook camp ground to Chimney Pond. I must agree with stevenbos, the trail is no more exciting then a (hardy) walk in the woods; however, the destination is worth the hike! The views at Chimney pond are amazing and here is the start of several serious trails up Katahdin.
Chimney Pond typical New England trail of rocks, roots and mud. Nice views of Basin Ponds. However brought us to Cathedral Trail and The Knife Edge which surpass any of the traiis we have been on in Northern New England having recently climbed in Presidential Range and Washington.
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