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Cathedral Trail

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A classic Katahdin class II/II+ scramble that rewards you with excellent ridgeline views.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

5,122' 1,561 m

High

2,971' 906 m

Low

2,150' 655 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

38%

Avg Grade (21°)

75%

Max Grade (37°)

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Features Lake · Views

The Park has the right to close trails based on weather. Check in at Chimmney Pond for trail status before hiking.

No children under the age of 6 permitted

Description

This trail is the shortest climb from Chimney Pond to Baxter Peak. The trail itself is 1.5 miles one-way (1.7 miles to Baxter Peak) and the elevation gain to Baxter Peak is 2,353 ft. To reach the peak, take a left onto Saddle Trail once you've reached the ridge for an additional 0.2 miles.

It is very steep climbing over three large rock buttresses. The climbing is almost all above tree line. There is no water on this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Stay on trail to avoid damaging delicate and rare alpine plants.

Contacts

Land Manager: Baxter State Park

Shared By:

Ryan Gibbs

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Knife's Edge on Mt. Katahdin, Maine
Nov 7, 2019 near Millino…, ME

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Jul 13, 2019
sheindl Heindl
Jul 22, 2016
Jenna McCarthy
3h 00m
Aug 11, 2014
Dylan Graves
The campground ranger challenged me to best his time (0:52). I obviously missed the mark. 1.8mi — 0h 58m