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Mount Katahdin, Millinocket

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Mount Katahdin is the highest mountain in the U.S. state of Maine at 5267ft. 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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  • But well worth the effort. Great views, great challenge, quite simply the best hike in the Eastern US.  more »
  • If you are looking for challenge this is must do hike . As an experience hiker this is probably hardest day hike trip you can possible do in the northeast coming from someone who has hiked Mount Washi...  more »
  • Climbing the mountain was a challenge. I was concerned that I might have problems with the new plate and pins in my ankle but they fared well during this test drive. The view from the top was amazing....  more »