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. Keep in mind that people do die on Katahdin, and hiking it should not be taken lightly, especially in windy, wet, cold, or snowy conditions.
Elevation: 5,269 feet
Elevation Gain: Around 4,000 feet depending on the trail.
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.
Elevation Gain of 365 feet from Pamola to Katahdin
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.
Elevation Gain: 3,982 Feet
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.
Here is the address of Baxter State Park.
Want More Info on Hiking Katahdin?
Take a look at this valuable resource on each trail up Katahdin: https://baxterstatepark.org/general-info/
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