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Incredible views reward a strenuous hike

Mount Katahdin offers a plethora of opportunities for self-fulfillment. Just climbing the beast is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wildwood, Missouri
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Knife Edge beautiful but it kicked our behind ;)

Parking permit for the day we wanted to hike was full for the Roaring Brook camp Ground. Luckily... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rego Park, New York
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Located at the northern end of the Appalachian Trail, the tallest peak in Maine stands at 5,267 feet.
Millinocket, ME
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mount Katahdin offers a plethora of opportunities for self-fulfillment. Just climbing the beast is a great accomplishment. The views are really incredible. A number of people hiked in and camped at the base of the steep ascent and that looked like a good plan to...More

Thank KC_213
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hubby and I hiked it Sept 20th. Weather was not in our favor. Visibility was nil. The hike over the rock scramble was tough. Was glad we wore gloves and had warmer clothing on as it was cooler near the top. The gloves helped with...More

Thank Marlene H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Parking permit for the day we wanted to hike was full for the Roaring Brook camp Ground. Luckily we got in after 8AM We took Helon Taylor to Paloma Peak then Knife Edge to Baxter peak then we took the Saddle then Chimney Pond back...More

1  Thank NANCYD090212
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Summited Mt. Katahdin with my husband (Facebook: Monk on the AT). I met him at Thoreau Springs after taking the Abol Trail. It's a very rigorous climb, but worth the view. Be sure to get in shape before you go!

Thank Raquel B
Reviewed 30 August 2018

I reserved 2 nights in a cabin months earlier (and still barely got the nights I wanted). We got to the park the night before our hike and got to the trailhead for Hunt at 6:15ish a.m. We were told the parking lots filled up...More

Thank Becky U
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I've climbed every mountain over 4000' in the northeast and I have to say that Katahdin is one of the best. Amazing! Keep in mind, though, that you need a parking permit for the three trailheads and that those are limited each day... check the...More

1  Thank David K
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I last viewed the Great North Woods wilderness from Baxter Peak in 1951 & 1952 climbs. To experience the expanse again at 87 and obtain water from a remote lake where my Canadian lumberjack great uncle drowned in 1886, I flew by float plane with...More

Thank cmcgowan1931
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

I was almost frightened into not doing this hike after reading many of the reviews, but I am very glad that I did it. The biggest challenge was getting the parking permit. And this is what determined which trailhead we took. We drove to the...More

4  Thank Gayle G
Reviewed 20 August 2018

For our first attempt of Katahdin, we set out on a beautiful cool summer day after a rain. The hike up to Chimney Pond was relatively easy for the most part, although it was quite rocky and did get steep at times Because it had...More

Thank M_Ann_Nor
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Getting at the gate is a race and a damn competition! To be close to first car in line you must plan on being there by 0500-0530, the gate opens at 0600. Apparently you have to make parking reservations at the Eastern part if the...More

2  Thank WayneWalkJr
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Madison R
27 July 2017|
Response from Excursion644568 | Reviewed this property |
They are all hard to be honest but your best bet will be to go up and down the Saddle trail. Some trails run into others but they will all get you there. I have done 6 of the trails and when my girls are old enough to do it... More
Ann W
17 March 2017|
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Response from Jennifer S | Reviewed this property |
If you want to finish the last leg of the trip with him Katahdin Stream Campground is right on the AT. It takes the AT(known as the Hunt Trail) up the mountain. We stayed here last October and met several through hikers... More
Lynda F
1 March 2017|
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Response from Jennifer S | Reviewed this property |
Many. The Hunt trail goes up past Katahdin Stream Falls,and if you head the opposite direction from K.S. campground you come to "Little Niagra" and "Big Niagra" both of which are impressive.
15 July 2016|
Response from jswTraveler | Reviewed this property |
I know the gate closes at a certain time and if you have to hike to a campsite, BSP has cut off times. I strongly suggest you check the park web site or call them to get the most accurate answer as it may vary on time of... More