Mount Katahdin and the Knife Edge Trail. Mt. The AT may not be the oldest trail in the US, but it ranks among the longest hiking trails in America. Located in Baxter State Park, it is both the beginning and end of the epic 2,200-mile trail. Katahdin draws most of the attention in the park since it serves as the Northern Terminus of the AT as well as Maine’s highest summit. The best section hikes on the Appalachian Trail. The beauty of Katahdin does, of course, make it a very popular destination.

In our opinion, it’s the best hike in New England.

Only about a half mile in is a great view over a pond of the Mount Katahdin massif. From there, head up to Russell Pond on the Russell Pond Trail.

The Hunt trail - basically the same trail as the AT. I've section-hiked the AT, but this year I finally have the opportunity to thruhike. That goes without saying. We ascended in 4 hrs 15 minutes , spent about 40 minutes on the summit, and descended via the same trail in 3 hrs 10 minutes . Knife’s Edge on Mount Katahdin – Saddle – Helon Taylor.

Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

Mount Katahdin isn’t an ordinary day out. It rises nearly a mile high and serves as the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The average round trip time for a Katahdin hike is 8-12 hours.. For more in-depth trail descriptions, we publish our own trail guide. Mount Katahdin can be climbed all year round.. The Abol Trail, the most direct route to Katahdin’s Baxter Peak from a roadside trailhead, is often presumed the “best bet” by novice hikers.That’s a losing bet. In July, I had a great trip to scope out different parts of the AT and was able to get in a couple hikes along the way.

best route on katahdin for beginers.

First Time to Maine – Time to Hike Katahdin. We are also assuming you follow BSP rules faithfully. Most of all, I wanted to hike to the summit of Katahdin. Is it even possible to avoid crowds on Katahdin? Trying to find an “easy” way to hike Mt. Start out at the Roaring Brook trailhead. This is an easy section of trail that should flow along nicely. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.

Not anything like you would …

Quickest, least exposed, but still steep at parts.


Saddle Trail. Note, depending on where you wish to begin and end, the are countless variations to these hikes. It was a route over boulders with water like a spring coming down the trail. From start to finish, its length is 2,178 miles. Maine’s tallest mountain is, seemingly, in the middle of a nowhere. Knife’s Edge – Helon Taylor – Hunt. Please post partners requests and trip plans in the Eastern US Climbing Partners section.

In 2005, the Appalachian Trail Conference became the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Appalachian Trail: Jo-Mary Road to Mount Katahdin This 53.2-mile section is wild and remote, stringing together the 100-Mile Wilderness to Mount Katahdin, the highest point in Maine and the northern-most point on the Appalachian Trail.

Washington and everything in between.

I took the trail only 1.1 miles to see what I was going to experience the next day if I climbed Mount Katahdin.


We limit access to Katahdin to protect natural resources and a wilderness experience. Parked at Katahdin Steam > up Hunt Trail > over Knife Edge > down Helon Taylor > Hired a driver out of Millinocket to drive us from Roaring Brook parking back to Katahdin Stream Four of us did this trail last month, and all of us concurred that it was the hardest hike any of us had ever done.

A vast forested area surrounds and Katahdin rises majestically from Baxter State Park of Maine close to no other peak.