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


Pinnacle Rock on Mt Katahdin Dudley Trail
Hiking on Baxter State Park's Mt. Katahdin

Dudley Trail on Mt. Katahdin

Chimney Pond to Pamola Peak

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

During the early 1900's Leroy Dudley, the famous Maine Guide, blazed this trail. It ascends Pamola Peak at a very steep grade, almost completely above treeline. Exposure is maximum and caution is advised.

From the Chimney Pond ranger's cabin, head east by the northeast shore of Chimney Pond. The trail, marked with blue blazes, begins a very steep ascent through scrub trees and mossy boulders. Some striking cliffs are seen on the right. At 0.4 mile, a spur trail turns left to caves created from fallen slabs of Katahdin granite. These caves offer shelter from the rain, but they are no place to be if thunder and lightning are present. Past this spur trail, Dudley Trail continues its ascent along the rocky way and soon rises above treeline. There are many fine views along the upper portion of this trail. Index Rock is a great place for stunning photos. At Pamola Peak, Helon Taylor Trail comes in on the east (left) and the Knife Edge Trail descends southwest.

"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

Cathedral Trail

Chimney Pond to Baxter Peak, the "hard" way

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

...Cathedral 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

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


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detailed Blow Up View

Near the bottom of Dudley Trail
Near the bottom of Dudley Trail - A tough climb ahead!

Boulders on Dudley Trail
Boulders on Dudley Trail

Dudley Trail near Pinnacle Rock
Dudley Trail near Pinnacle Rock

Dudley Trail along ridgeline leading to Pamola Peak
Dudley Trail along ridgeline leading to Pamola Peak

Pinnacle Rock on Dudley Trail
Pinnacle Rock on Dudley Trail


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