Elevation

5,268 ft / 1,605 m

Prominence

4,290 ft / 1,307 m

Range

Longfellow

Summits

219 summits

Top climbing months

July   28%

August   22%

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.
"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
"Badly wanted to do Katahdin again. Finally had my chance. Went up the Hunt Tr. Steep trail with great views. Wasn't expecting some bouldering on the way up. The Tablelands were awesome. Wanted to do Hamlin peak as well, but didn't have enough time. So I stayed on the summit for almost an hour before heading back down." - newenglandwarrior, Oct 6, 2016
"Hiked to the summit of Katahdin for Kim's finish of her thru hike of the AT. Started out at 7am from Katahdin Stream up the Hunt Trail. We hiked with Limey who Kim had seen off and on many times throughout her thru hike. The weather was absolutely perfect and the trail was awesome. Shared the summit with a lot of thru hike finishers many of whom Kim knew from her trip. It was a great day to hike and celebrate an amazing achievement." - LGH-Tom, Sep 30, 2016

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