“A classic Katahdin class II/II+ scramble that rewards you with excellent ridgeline views.”
— Ryan Gibbs
Lake · Views
The Park has the right to close trails based on weather. Check in at Chimmney Pond for trail status before running.
No children under the age of 6 permitted
This trail is the shortest climb from Chimney Pond to Baxter Peak. The trail itself is 1.5 miles one-way (1.7 miles to Baxter Peak) and the elevation gain to Baxter Peak is 2,353 ft. To reach the peak, take a left onto Saddle Trail
once you've reached the ridge for an additional 0.2 miles.
It is very steep climbing over three large rock buttresses. The climbing is almost all above tree line. There is no water on this trail.
Flora & Fauna
Stay on trail to avoid damaging delicate and rare alpine plants.