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Mount Katahdin, Millinocket

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Mount Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine at 5270ft. Named Katahdin by the Penobscot Indians, which means "The Greatest Mountain", Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park. It is a steep, tall mountain formed from a granite intrusion weathered to the surface. The flora and fauna on the mountain are typical of those found in northern New England.Katahdin was known to the Native Americans in the region, and was known to Europeans at least since 1689. It has inspired hikes, climbs, journal narratives, paintings, and a piano sonata. The area around the peak was protected by Governor Percival Baxter starting in the 1930s. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness.The mountain is commonly called just "Katahdin", including by Baxter State Park in official publications. The official name is "Mount Katahdin" as decided by the US Board on Geographic Names in 1893.GeographyKatahdin is in Baxter State Park, which is in east central Piscataquis County, about 25mi northwest of Millinocket. It is on the drainage divide between the East and West branches of the Penobscot River and is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
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  • Hard hike, especially in the rain. So, so worth it. The views are spectacular and Katahdin is an experience you won't forget. Start out early, it's 8-12 hours return depending on how fit you are and w...  more »
  • We have hiked most all of New Hampshires 4000+ footers but this mountain takes the cake. Every way up is challenging and most trails are more technical then anything else in the northeast. Not for the...  more »
  • This mountain has been calling my Boyfriend and I for months and months. I started exercising earlier in the year but I don't think I did enough. I turned 36 just a few days before we mad the climb up...  more »