North Katahdin Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Penobscot County and Piscataquis County, Maine. It is within Elliotsville Plantation, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and Baxter State Park. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 1,239 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,396 feet. The North Katahdin Lake Lean-to shelter can be seen along the trail. There is also a wetland along the trail.
North Katahdin Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is the classic hike. There is no hike more iconic in Maine. The route climbs Keep Ridge with fine views to Pamola Peak. You then descend into—and climb right out of The Chimney. The Knife Edge begins as you cross Chimney Peak. The trail crosses over and around a series of serrated knobs that drop dramatically into the Great Basin.
An exhilarating climb brings you to Baxter Peak, the highest point in Maine and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. From there the hike descends into The Saddle with fine views in every direction. The Saddle Trail then drops steeply down a slide, leading toward Chimney Pond. From Chimney Pond it is a little more than a 3-mile descent to the trailhead."
--Greg Westrich, Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
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