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Mount Katahdin's Cathedral Trail - Baxter State Park
Hiking & Scenery


First Cathedral on Mt Katahdin with Basin Pond in background
Hiking on Baxter State Park's Mt. Katahdin

Cathedral Trail on Mt. Katahdin

Chimney Pond to Baxter Peak, the "hard" way

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 1¾ mile
Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

This trail offers the shortest climb from Chimney Pond Campground to Baxter Peak. The hike, following blue blazes, is a strenuous one. There are no water sources along the route, so fill up at the campground.

From the ranger's cabin, the trail leaves southwest and rises through evergreen forest toward the base of the massive rock formations, which resemble the buttresses and spires of three cathedrals. The trail first passes Cleftrock Pool; after a large cairn (a man-made pile of stones) it bears right, across a talus boulder field and approaches the first "cathedral." The higher second "cathedral" is soon reached and, at 1 mile from the trailhead, the third "cathedral" is attained. From here, the trail bears left (Cathedral Cut-off Trail goes right) and, in ¼ mile, merges with the Saddle Trail and on to Baxter Peak. Note: This trail is too steep to recommend as a descent route and should never be attempted in the rain.

"It was so awe-inspiring as we started our climb in full sunshine and then the clouds began to creep over the top of the ridge and obscure the summit. Soon after we reached the top the clouds gave way to the sun again and wow! The views were spectacular. It was a most rewarding adventure and experience that we shall never forget. What an awesome mountain is the great Katahdin." - Dale & Vickie Bynum, Texas

Other Trails on Mt. Katahdin

The following are the popular trails going up Mt. Katahdin. Each trail features a page of photos so you can get a close look at what they are like.

Abol Trail

Abol Campground to Thoreau Spring

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 2¾ mile
Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

...Abol Trail Details and Photos

Chimney Pond Trail

Roaring Brook Campground to Chimney Pond

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 3¼ mile
Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

...Chimney Pond Trail Details and Photos

Hunt Trail

Northern End of Appalachian Trail - Katahdin Stream Campground to Baxter Peak

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 5¼ mile
Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes

...Hunt Trail Details and Photos

Saddle Trail

Chimney Pond to Baxter Peak, the "easier" way

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 2¼ mile
Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

...Saddle Trail Details and Photos

Knife Edge Trail

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 1 mile
Time: 1 hour

...Knife Edge Trail Details and Photos

Dudley Trail

Chimney Pond to Pamola Peak

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 1¼ mile
Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

...Dudley Trail Details and Photos

Helon Taylor Trail

Roaring Brook to Pamola Peak

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 3¼ mile
Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

...Helon Taylor Trail Details and Photos

Park Season & Gate Hours

For safety reasons, rangers at Baxter Park require you to start your hikes early enough to safely finish in daytime. The times are available at our lodge.

Additional Park Info

For more information on Baxter State Park, visit:

www.baxterstateparkauthority.com
www.friendsofbaxter.org


Click on Photo for a
detailed Blow Up View

Looking up from the start of Cathedral Trail
Looking up from the start of Cathedral Trail

First Cathedral on Mt Katahdin with Basin Pond in background
First "Cathedral" on
Cathedral Trail


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