Hiking Mount Katahdin – Knife Edge Trail, Hunt Trail and Abol Trail (Video Included)

The Knife Edge Trail on Mount Katahdin is one of the most popular and spectacular hikes in New England. I would highly recommend both peaking Katahdin as well traveling across the Knife Edge one or both ways. In good weather, the trail is far less dangerous than many would say, but I wouldn’t want anyone with a strong fear of heights or anyone that is uncomfortable with some rock scrambling to attempt.

Trail Conditions

Knife Edge – 1.1 miles connecting Katahdin and Pamola

This trail is ridiculously awesome. It features insane views in all directions, steep ledges, lots of rock scrambling, cliffs and sometimes even a little danger. Anyone without a fear of heights, and comfortable rock hopping and also comfortable with a short rock climb should do this trail. It is worth it. Keep in mind it is especially dangerous when wet, windy or cold.

View of Knife Edge from Katahdin Peak
View of Knife Edge from Katahdin Peak

Abol Trail – 4.3 miles base to summit (3,900 foot gain)

The Abol Trail was a great trail up to the peak of Katahdin. It begins at Abol Campground withn Baxter state park. It meets up with the Hunt trail near the summit. It is the shortest trail up to the summit and offers some rock scrambling, lots of exposed hiking and quickly gets you above treeline. The trail has no large stream crossings. Though it has quite a few steep sections, it certainly has less scrambling than the Hunt Trail.

Hunt Trail – 5.2 miles base to summit (4,188 foot gait)

The Hunt trail is the last trail (or first) for AT thru-hikers. It begins at Katahdin Stream Campground and quickly reaches the summit of Katahdin. It features a beautiful waterfall 1.1 miles from the campground, quick access to the trail above treeline and tons of rock scrambling. The views are incredible the majority of the way up, and the rock scrambling is very fun.

Hunt Trail Views
Hunt Trail Views

 

More Pictures

Waterfall on Hunt Trail
Waterfall on Hunt Trail
View of Katahding Peak from Knife Edge
View of Katahding Peak from Knife Edge
View of Basin From Knife Edge
View of Basin From Knife Edge
Looking Across Knife Edge
Looking Across Knife Edge
Views from Hunt Trail
Views from Hunt Trail
View of Lakes from Hunt Trail
View of Lakes from Hunt Trail
View of Katahdin Peak from Hunt
View of Katahdin Peak from Hunt
Pano from Hunt Trail
Pano from Hunt Trail
Lake Views from Hunt Trail
Lake Views from Hunt Trail

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