Elevation

5,268 ft / 1,605 m

Prominence

4,290 ft / 1,307 m

Summits

228 summits

Top climbing months

July   29%

August   21%

June   16%

Most climbed route

Hunt Trail

Highlights

  • Mount Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine.
  • Named Katahdin by the Penobscot Indians, the term means "The Greatest Mountain".
  • Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park, an area around the peak formed by Governor Percival Baxter in the 1930s.
  • Katahdin is most famous as being the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, located at the end of a stretch of the trail known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness.
  • It's summit is also the southern terminus of the newer International Appalachian Trail.
  • Most famous route to the summit traverses the Knife Edge ridge between Pamola Peak and South Baxter Peak.
  • Has 2 main peaks: Baxter Peak is the highest peak of Katahdin. Lower Hamlin Peak is also recognized as a New England 4000 footer.
  • At the summer solstice and vernal and autumnal equinoxes, Katahdin is the first place in the United States mainland to receive sunlight in the morning.
"46 Years!!! Joined my old friend and rugby teammate, Dan Dolce, as he finished the AT after 46 years of section hiking. We started on the trail together for the first time on April 1, 1972.. I've got 1500 miles to go. Guess I have to live a long time!" - goshen-bagger, Jun 27, 2018
"Set off at 830a to hike with sleds with all our needs for the week, we left our sleds at Abol campground and began our climb to Baxter and Hamlin up Abol and eventually headed up the old slide to the new trail. Once we reached the table we had white out conditions and pretty strong gusts. We had to turn around which was hard but necessary due to the dropping temps and unexpected weather." - shay-shay, Feb 18, 2018
"After descending from Hamlin to the saddle, the clouds disappeared, the sun came out, and the wind died. The conditions were perfect when I arrived at Baxster and I was absolutely stunned that there were only three other people on the summit. Last year, almost to the day, I was up here with about 30 other thru hikers and day hikers. It was amazing to have that sort of solitude on such a popular summit. I spent a little time enjoying the perfect conditions and snapping a couple photos before continuing on to the knife's edge which I had skipped the year before since we did an out and back on th" - LGH-Tom, Sep 29, 2017
"Amazing trip to Baxter State Park...what an amazing day! Up Helon Taylor to Pamola, over Chimney to Knifes Edge, over South Peak to Baxter Peak. Then we decided to go over the ridge to Hamlin in order to work on my NE 67." - shay-shay, Sep 8, 2017
"My husband and i hiked the Abol Trail. This was the first trail on Katahdin for me the summer i was 16, and i wanted to see the re-routed trail. It was great! i loved going into the woods as we climbed near the top. " - wanderingmaine, Oct 7, 2016

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