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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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  • This is a mountain, don’t underestimate it! The beginning is great but challenging, and then you get to the boulders.. It was a scramble up and over the loose rocks for a steady 2 hours. The remainder...  more »
  • Saddle up to summit, then back over to Mt Hamlin to peak bag, then down Hamlin to Chimney Pond, to Roaring Brook. Long day, but awesone  more »
  • The mountain itself is phenomenal. It took us (39/36) about seven hours up the Hunt trail and down Abol. Spectacular views, friendly people, etc. Getting to and from is a different story. You need a p...  more »
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  • This mountain is absolutely beautiful, as is the whole area. You definitely get immersed in nature here and the hiking and views are spectacular. The area is well kept too, didn't notice a lot of trash which is nice to see that people are taking care of this natural wonder.
  • You have to consider making this area more accessible. New Hampshire and Vermont has the right idea when it comes to outdoor recreation. Maine just lost my business because that's where I'm spending my summers. Your loss guys.
  • Day three and my legs are still so sore! Since I parked at Katahdin Stream to do the day hike version, I went up and back down through the Hunt Trail AT route. It was so hard! Decided not to do Knife's Edge b/c it looked terrifying/ out of an extreme sports gopro movie. I also don't think I would have had time (started at 7:30am and it took about 10 hrs). I've done a lot of hikes but this one was the most challenging. There is a point on the Hunt trail where you come across Boulder fields (about 3 miles in) and that's the decision point if you want to continue or not. It was all worth it! I saw a few people using hiking poles but they mostly seemed to get in the way during the rock scrambling. Wear great shoes, bring plenty of water, and get there EARLY! (ideally before 7am)
  • Several trails that are different levels based on your skill. The view from the top is amazing! Can take hours to climb or days depending on the trail. To take lots of water and enjoy the climb.
  • 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!
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