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Baxter State Park: Mt. Katahdin

By Jul 8th 2010 No Comments »

After spending the first half of last week in Acadia National Park, we decided to head a few hours north to Baxter State Park, the home of infamous Mt. Katahdin.

Mt. Katahdin looms 5,268 ft. over the small town of Millinocket, Maine.  Katahdin isn’t the only draw to Baxter State Park, but is however, the most well-known as it is the northern terminus to the Appalachian Trail.  The AT starts at Springer Mountain in Georgia, and finds its demise overlooking the Maine backcountry  2,175 miles later.

We departed Acadia after our early morning sunrise watch at Cadillac Mt.  A quick 2 ½ hour drive north and we were ready to conquer our next summit.  We decided to embark on the Roaring Brook Trail to Chimney Pond. The first leg of the trip was fairly easy and the wildlife was abundant. A doe and it’s fawn was spotted less than 5 minutes into the hike, while a moose decided to say hello when he popped up trail side, 10 feet away from us.  Chimney Pond is located 3.2 miles from the trail head and provides striking views of Katahdin from a small pond nestled on the mountainside. Once there, it was another 2.2 miles to the summit via Saddle Trail.  The second half of the trail proved to be much more strenuous and physically taxing with the last half mile ascent seeming like a lifetime.

Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine so reaching the peak was an amazing feeling.  However we were happy to share that moment with two weary travelers, both in their late 20’s who had just completed the Appalachian Trail.  Four months prior and down south in Georgia, I’m not sure they ever pictured themselves smoking their celebratory cigars on the summit of Katahdin.

Seven hours later we found ourselves sitting in the shadows of Katahdin at Abol’s campground eating a hearty meal of mac & cheese.  After checking our watches we realized it was time for bed as another long day of travelling awaited us…it was 8:00PM.

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