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Mount Katahdin's Helon Taylor Trail - Baxter State Park
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Sign at Pamola Peak with Traveler Mountain in background
Hiking on Baxter State Park's Mt. Katahdin

Helon Taylor Trail on Mt. Katahdin

Roaring Brook to Pamola Peak

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

Named for the much-appreciated former supervisor of Baxter State Park, this trail offers a short but rugged ascent to Pamola Peak.

Take Chimney Pond Trail for ¼ mile; turn west onto Helon Taylor Trail; ascent is fairly steep. Continue ascent southwest, crossing a stream (last water source). The ascent to Keep Ridge begins, with views worth many stops. This entire section, all the way to Pamola, is very exposed; caution is advised, as severe weather could blow in unexpectedly from the blind (west) side of Pamola. Following the cairns (rock piles), ascend the remainder of Keep Ridge to the summit proper, where there are excellent views of the Katahdin range. Here Dudley Trail leaves to the north (right) and the awesome Knife Edge juts out to the southwest (left).

Note: Do not attempt the Knife Edge Trail if inclement weather looks at all threatening; in fact, descend from this peak immediately. The peak, known for its violent storms, inspired the Indian legends of Pamola, the huge, destructive storm bird.

"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

Dudley Trail

Chimney Pond to Pamola Peak

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

...Dudley 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

Sign at Pamola Peak with Traveler Mountain in background
Sign at Pamola Peak with Traveler Mountain in background - Helon Taylor Trail

Keep Ridge with Chimney Peak on the left
"Keep Ridge" with
Chimney Peak on the left

Helon Taylor Trail
Helon Taylor Trail

Bottom of Keep Ridge on Helon Taylor Trail
Bottom of Keep Ridge on Helon Taylor Trail

Knife Edge as seen from Helon Taylor Trail
Knife Edge from
Helon Taylor Trail


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