5,268 ft / 1,606 m

#1 in Maine

#26,727 in United States


4,290 ft / 1,308 m

#1 in Maine

#143 in United States


240 summits

#1 in Maine

#41 in United States

Top climbing months

July   27%

August   21%

September  16%

Most climbed route

Hunt Trail


  • 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.