Maine: Katahdin (5,268ft)
Mount Katahdin (pronounc "kə-tah-dən") is the highest mountain in Maine at 5,269 feet (1,606 m). Named Katahdin by the Penobscot Indians, the term means "The Greatest Mountain". Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park, and is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
The first recorded climb of "Catahrdin" was by Massachusetts surveyors Zackery Adley and Charles Turner, Jr. in August 1804. In the 1840s Henry David Thoreau climbed Katahdin, his ascent is recorded in a well-known chapter of The Maine Woods.
Rising over 4000 feet above the wild forestland of northern Maine, this imposing granite massif dominates the primitive landscape and extends well above the treeline. The two main peaks of the mountain, Baxter Peak and Pamola Peak, are connected by the mile-long Knife Edge trail, which narrows in spots to 3 feet wide with perilous drops on either side.
Kathadin can be climbed year-round, but winter ascents require much greater skill and preparation, and longer approach hikes. Mid-Summer to early Fall is the peak season, when climbers should plan to make reservations on one of the parks campgrounds, such as Roaring Brook to overnight before their climb. There are several trail options, varying from second to fourth class scrambling.
Hazards associated with Katahdin include its remote location, steep and rocky trails, high winds and severe weather potential, especially above treeline.
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