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


View of Mt Katahdin South Basin from Saddle Slide
Hiking on Baxter State Park's Mt. Katahdin

Saddle Trail on Mt. Katahdin

Chimney Pond to Baxter Peak, the "easier" way

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

Heading west from Chimney Pond Campground the trail ascends through fir and spruce and in ¾ mile, crosses a brook. Traversing an old slide, the trail brings the hiker above treeline to some great views. (Caution is advised along the upper half of this trail; exposure is maximum.) Continuing the ascent up the Saddle slide, the trail climbs along scrub growth called "krumholtz" (crooked wood). At 1 mile, the trail swings southeast around the rim of the Great Basin toward the Tableland and, ½ mile from the top of the slide, reaches a junction. Here, Baxter Peak Cut-off Trail heads west (right) and Cathedral Trail heads east (left); Saddle Trail continues southeast, ascending a steep section on its way to Baxter Peak. Just before the summit, you will intersect with the Cathedral Trail. At the summit proper, the Knife Edge heads southeast and Hunt Trail heads 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

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

Saddle Trail sign at Baxter Peak
Saddle Trail Sign
at Baxter Peak

Baxter Peak from Saddle Trail
Looking toward Baxter Peak from Saddle Trail

Saddle Slide and Northwest Plateau
View of Saddle Slide and Northwest Plateau

Saddle Trail just above Slide looking toward Baxter Peak
Saddle Trail just above Slide looking toward Baxter Peak

Looking down Saddle Slide
Looking down Saddle Slide

View of South Basin from Saddle Slide
View of South Basin from Saddle Slide


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