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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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  • My wife and I hiked into Chimney Pond from the trailhead at Roaring Brook campground. It's 3.3 miles each way, with a 1400 foot elevation gain. The whole trail is rock and boulder strewn and requires ...  read more »
  • Let me start by saying this hike is very intense. Worth it but intense. We took the abol trail which is a way to go without needing to do knives edge to get to baxter peak. The abol trail is newly cut...  read more »
  • I wrote my detailed review on Baxter State Park. If you plan to take Knife's Edge.... read the reviews and take it seriously. We hiked from roaring brook to chimney pond/saddle/knifes edge/helon taylo...  read more »
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