ElevationAscent: 3,785' 1,154 m
Descent: -3,785' -1,154 m
High: 5,213' 1,589 m
Low: 1,523' 464 m
GradeAvg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 59% (31°)
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“A strenuous run up Mount Katahdin via the iconic Knife Edge Trail.”— Liz
If onwards you track be prepared as you are about to take on the iconic Knife Edge Trail. In a tenth of a mile you'll reach probably the most challenging part of the route, though it is also the least exposed. This section, known as the Chimney requires a bit of fourth class scrambling down into a keyhole and back out again. Do not take this lightly, especially if the rock is damp. Once back up the other side, the Knife Edge lies before you. This narrow (at times only a couple feet wide) "trail" snakes along crest of the ridge with steep, precipitous drop-offs on either side. Some sections are rather scramble, and others you can move along at a decent clip—but ALWAYS watch your footing. A slight stumble could send you off the edge.
Before you know it, you'll snake your way all the way to the summit of Mount Katahdin (aka Baxter Peak). On a clear day the views are outrageous. If the wind isn't too bad, find a nice spot to enjoy a pack lunch.
From the summit, take the Saddle Trail down the northern flank. Enjoy the views all along the ridgeline until the trail makes a sharp turn east and begins heading into the bowl. This trail takes you down to Chimney Pond and Chimney Pond Campground. From here you'll take Chimney Pond Trail all the way back to the start. The trail levels out significantly initially following a small creek. It passes Basin Pond before joining up with Roaring Brook near the end of the run.
Hopefully you're camped at Roaring Brook Campground and can just stumble into your tent and rub your aching feet.
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Land Manager: Baxter State Park
Jul 2, 2019: Togue, Matagamon, and Lynx Road gates are open. Tote Road is gated at Abol Hill and Wadleigh Brook. Roaring Brook Road is gated at the sanctuary line….All Katahdin trails and the Traveler Loop are now open; please register your above-treeline hike with our reservation office….Winter camping has begun…Reservation hours 8am – 4pm M-F