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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", and "Baxter Peak" and "Mount Katahdin" are used interchangeably in Google Earth and 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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  • We did not hike to the top but we hiked all over down below and loved the views, the fall leaves, the ease of some of the hikes, the coolness of the air - everything! It's nice to know this is an area...  more »
  • My husband and I have done pieces and parts of the Appalachian Trail over the past several years, including the beginning/end in Northern Georgia. We were taking a trip to New England and decided to h...  more »
  • Hiking Katahdin was one of the best experiences of our lives. No matter what trail you hike it will be long and grueling. First time Katahdin hikers here and thoroughly enjoyed this experience. It too...  more »
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  • Gorgeous park and a great place to hike! There are beautiful lakes along the trail, and a priceless view from the peak. It took our group about 5 hours to climb to the top and back, though the ranger said it would take much longer. I would advise less experienced hikers to plan on an 8 to 10 hour hike, and expect mild rock climbing towards the top. You can take water bottles if you'd like, but the numerous mountain streams provide excellent refills along the way. Mt. Katahdin is a wonderful place to bring the whole family for an amazing day outdoors!
  • The mountian is a very fun hike. The trail is worn down and rocky in some places but besides that it is a mostly easy (and long) hike. Being plenty of water, because from what I remember the park rangers won't let you climb past halfway if you don't have at least three liters of water. The top is all rocky past chimney pond, but the bottom of the mountain is forest, so bring sunscreen if you want to go to the top.
  • Wow!!! What an experience. Hiked the knifes edge trail in about 9 hours round. Extremely challenging but totally worth every bit! We did this hike in September and it was about 24 degrees and no wind so great conditions for doing this trail. Pack light and dress light because you'll be sweating 15 minutes in!
  • "EPIC!!! Just EPIC!!!" To all the people who are in love with hiking and living in the eastern part of North America, you sure don't want to miss the opportunity to hike this amazing mountain that is the Mt Katahdin! What an adventure! I woke up at 04h30am on a Saturday of August and I was the first to put my name on the sheet at the ranger station that day! Perfect weather, all geared up with my backpack and my GoPro, nothing was going to stop me from reaching the top! WOW, what a view!!!
  • Beautiful place for a quiet ride in the woods. Didn't see any moose this time around though. Great views from the bridge on Golden Road
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