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


Looking east from Baxter Peak with Katahdin Lake in background
Hiking on Baxter State Park's Mt. Katahdin

Knife Edge Trail on Mt. Katahdin

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 1 mile
Time: 1 hour

This spectacular hike traverses the renowned Knife Edge ridge from Baxter Peak to Pamola Peak (you must also hike to and from these peaks). The trail encompasses four peaks, a broad, sloping plateau, and a serrated ridge that in places is little more than a few feet wide.

The Knife Edge has blue blazes marking the best route and it needs them - due to the steepness and narrowness of this ridge or, "arete," there is only one way to go! The Knife Edge is in a zone of maximum exposure; caution is advised. This route has known many accidents - some fatal - so take the weather seriously before ascending!

From Pamola Peak, head southwest, descending a steep scetion of the floor of "the Chimney." Go across the floor and make the fairly difficult climb to Chimney Peak. This is technically where the Knife Edge begins. The trail ascends and descends over out-crops, boulders and other smaller fragments. Take care - there are no rope catches or other climbing aids along this route, so the hiker must be prepared to climb totally on his/her own. Continue southwest along the narrow ridge, descending steeply, and begin an ascent of South Peak. Once you have reached the summit proper, the trail swings northwest for the narrow walk across the completion of the Knife Edge. The trail terminates at Baxter Peak.

"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

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

View of Chimney Peak from Pamola Peak
View of Chimney Peak
from Pamola Peak

Chimney Pond as seen from Knife Edge Trail
Chimney Pond as seen from Knife Edge Trail

Knife Edge Trail
Knife Edge Trail, not for
the faint of heart!

Knife Edge Trail looking east from Baxter Peak with Katahdin Lake in background
Knife Edge Trail looking east from Baxter Peak sign with Katahdin Lake in background

Knife Edge Trail with Katahdin Lake in background
Knife Edge Trail with Katahdin Lake in background

View of Pamola Peak & Knife Edge from Baxter Peak
View of Pamola Peak & Knife Edge from Baxter Peak

Knife Edge Trail on South Peak looking east toward Pamola Peak
On South Peak looking east toward Pamola Peak

Chimney Peak
Chimney Peak

Hiker on South Peak - Knife Edge Trail
A big Thumbs up on South Peak! - Knife Edge Trail

Climing up the West side of the Chimney
Climing up the West side of the Chimney


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