Mount Katahdin - Maine Highpoint

Millinocket, Maine

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Highpoint rank by height: 22nd. Mount Katahdin’s (kuh-TAHD-uhn) summit, Baxter Peak, marks the northern terminus of the 2,160 mile (3,456 km) Appalachian Trail (AT) that starts at Springer Mountain in northern Georgia. While there are several trails of varying difficulty that will take you to the top of Mount Katahdin, we have chosen the Hunt Trail starting at Katahdin Stream Campground as the preferred route. The Hunt Trail coexists with the Appalachian Trail and is well maintained. It has consistent trail markings (white blazes on trees and rocks). It would be advisable to take along 3 quarts (3 liters) of water for this hike if it is a hot day. Also, an apple would taste good later in the day.
Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints

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Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints

by Charlie & Diane Winger (Colorado Mountain Club Press)

Highpoint rank by height: 22nd. Mount Katahdin’s (kuh-TAHD-uhn) summit, Baxter Peak, marks the northern terminus of the 2,160 mile (3,456 km) Appalachian Trail (AT) that starts at Springer Mountain in northern Georgia.

While there are several trails of varying difficulty that will take you to the top of Mount Katahdin, we have chosen the Hunt Trail starting at Katahdin Stream Campground as the preferred route. The Hunt Trail coexists with the Appalachian Trail and is well maintained. It has consistent trail markings (white blazes on trees and rocks). It would be advisable to take along 3 quarts (3 liters) of water for this hike if it is a hot day. Also, an apple would taste good later in the day.

© 2002 Charlie & Diane Winger/Colorado Mountain Club Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Millinocket
Distance: 10.4
Elevation Gain: 4,195 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,078 feet
Top Elevation: 5,268 feet
Local Contacts: Baxter State Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Katahdin
Topo Map: Mount Katahdin - Maine Highpoint Topographic Map
Guide Book: Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/4/2009

The Hunt Trail from Katahdin Stream campground is probably the best sampling of the Baxter profile. Less than 5 mi. trail length, but everything along the way from great forest walks to waterfalls to gulp-inducing bouldering up the spine of the mt. Definitely worth some conditioning for anyone not used to this kind of elevation gain, but on this August Tues. we saw everyone from 70+ year old ladies to Amish teens rock-hopping across the knife edge in granny dresses to hikers at the end of a 3 month AT traverse. The trail is well-marked, which is a great help, esp. when mindful of Thoreau’s attempt to bushwhack up (he never made it!) that cost him a sprained ankle and no doubt a good deal of transcendental cussin’ in the process. This is a harder hike (and shorter) than the Roaring Brook/Chimney Pond approach, but much prettier & with fantastic views off to the S and E once you get above the tree line. Unless you’re quite experienced, plan on leaving by 8 a.m. to ensure return before dinner.

9/10/2006

We went up the Abol Trail (shorter, but steeper than Hunt) and down the Hunt. Both trails were fantastic. We went in July, and only saw one other hiking party on the way up - two obviously freqent hiker dudes, who left us in the dust. A strenuous hike, frequent very short breaks help. The Hunt, the trail down, had more people, all of whom we met on their way up as we were coming down. Many of these groups included some who were not going to make it up, nor should they have been attempting the climb. The factors included out of shape to too young. One family had a kid about 7 or 8 years old who was freaking out big time. They were far enough up that he was going to have struggle to get back down. They were also faced with a teenage girl who made it clear she'd rather be at the mall. Physical ability, plus a desire to do the cliimb are musts for this to be fun. The entire climb and descent took us about 7 hours. We didn't spend much time at the top, as it was foggy and we stuck to the white markers on the rocks like glue. We did get a couple of breaks in the fog to appreciate the scenery along the ways up and down. If scenery is your main reason to get up there, don't count on it. Fog and clouds can roll in at a moment's notice. If you camp at the park, ask for Ranger Tom Bell - he is the greatest! He took care of the the Abol Stream Campground the night we stayed there, and was efficient and friendly, and offered us a lot of great advice, along with some fantastic stories of some of his adventures.

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