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Cathedral Trail

Extremely Difficult

Trail

1.1 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
43% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,150' 655 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 5,122' 1,561 m
Low: 2,971' 906 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 38% (21°)
Max Grade: 75% (37°)

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A classic Katahdin class II/II+ scramble that rewards you with excellent ridgeline views.

Ryan Gibbs

Features 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

Runner Notes

Not recommended for trail running. Trail runners should consider Saddle Trail or Hunt Trail instead.

Description

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.

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Stay on trail to avoid damaging delicate and rare alpine plants.

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Jul 14, 2019
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