The Young House Bed and Breakfast
193 Central Street, Millinocket, Maine, 04462, United States
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A Lake In Millinocket Maine
The summit of Mt. Katahdin
Campgrounds of Baxter State Park
Travel Tips for Millinocket
Most people visit Millinocket...
Most people visit Millinocket to be close to the Baxter State Park, where Mt. Katahdin lives. Millinocket itself is very small and simple, but hiking or camping in the Baxter State Park is a must. We arrived in Baxter State Park very early in the morning, because you basically must arrive at the gate no later than 5 am to get in the park. We started hiking North and South Brother at 6 am. There was not a single soul on the mountains. The morning was glorious. The rising sun, the morning mist, the colorful clouds, the chirping birds who had just waken up, the dew still on the leaves... It was truly unforgettable! We were standing on the peak by 9 am, and the sun was casting shadows on Mt. Katahdin and the Allagash Waterway, and all the wilderness there was north of civilization. I had such a great time there!
Climb the Biggest Mountain in Maine!
I had a great July 4th last year. A couple of friends, my wife and myself climbed the biggest mountain in Maine. Mt. Katahdin. 5, 268 feet. It was my first time ever climbing a mountain. I am so hooked. The weather was great. We didn't need any special information. I did purchase a hiking guide to give us a little help. The only thing you have to do is bring water and power bars. You will burn a lot of calories. We all had camelbaks brought nuts and dried fruits for snacks. The entire trip took us about 9 hours up and down.
Home base for Mount Katahdin
During our motorbike tour through Maine we also spent a night on a campground at Golden Road, entrance to Baxter State Park.
it was a lovely evening, quite warm for september - and we could enjoy Mt. Katahdin's perfect reflection in the little campground lake :-)
Katahdin - Appalachian Trail's Northern Teminus
Elevation: 5267', 1605m
Range: Longfellow Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains
Country: United States
Nearest Towns: Millinocket, 22 miles SE
Ownership: Baxter State Park
Latitude: 45° 54' N
Longitude: 68° 55' W
Situated in Northern Maine, Mt. Katahdin (5267ft) is Maine's most famous mountain, and means "Sacred Mountain" in the local Indian tongue. Mt. Katahdin lies within the Baxter State Park in Maine and can be accessed by road from Millinocket, Maine. Because of the restricted day use laws in Baxter State Park, you have to get there very early (as early as 4:00am on busy weekend days in the summer) to get a day use permit.
This mountain is famous for it's Knife Edge trail which is a ridge trail about 3-4 ft wide at it's widest and has sheer drops from 800-3000 ft on either side. So this is not for the faint of heart. This trail is a 1.1 mile exposed ridge between Baxter Peak and Pamola Peak, in the saddle area of Katahdin.
The Helen Taylor (named for a former superintendent of the park) trail is the most popular,and parking for this trail is at Roaring Brook. Once this one fills up (and it does very early), you will be directed to other possible trailheads like the Abol Ridge which we were.
Abol is the steepest trail up Katahdin and gains 4000ft elevation in under 6 miles.
We did the Abol on the way up and the Knife Edge to Helen Taylor on the way down.
There is a hiker's log at Roaring Brook Campground that keeps track of hiker traffic on the mountain.
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Millinocket is a paper mill town located at the south end of Baxter State Park. Hunting and logging are not permitted in the park. Fishing is available. Fly fishing with waders is most common. A picture of Lower Togue Pond is above and is near the Togue Pond Gate to Baxter State Park. See my Patten, Maine page for more information on Baxter State Park.