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Video: Climbing the Deadly Knife Edge of Mt. Katahdin

Premiered Feb 22, 2022 – In this video, we hike up to Baxter Peak, the top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine using the Helon Taylor Trail. The section called the knife edge is a narrow, rocky hike along the ridge of the peaks for about a mile in length and about 360 feet of elevation change.

About the Knife Edge on Mt Katahdin

The Knife Edge Trail on Mount Katahdin is truly a hiker’s most breathtaking feat. Serving as one of the most popular places to hike, Mount Katahdin translates to the “greatest mountain” in Penobscot. Standing tall at 5,269 feet, the mountain is adjacent to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a prominent site for hikers to visit in the region. And though there are a ton of beautiful mountains to visit in the U.S, what makes Mount Katahdin’s “Knife Edge Trail” so breathtaking are the views from the top.

Mount Katahdin is the highest mountain in the U.S. state of Maine at 5,269 feet. Named Katahdin, which means “Great Mountain”, by the Penobscot Native Americans, it is within Northeast Piscataquis, Piscataquis County, and is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park. Wikipedia

Elevation: 1,606 m

Prominence: 1,307 m

Mountain range: Appalachian Mountains

Coordinates: 45°54′16″N 68°55′17″W / 45.904354472°N 68.921274306°W

Easiest route: Hike, Abol Trail / Hunt Trail; 3.8 miles (6.1 km)

Walking to Katahdin – Appalachian Trail video

Video – Walking to Katahdin

Experience Mount Katahdin and the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. 2181 miles, 14 states. Great video!

More about Mount Katahdin and the Appalachian Trail

Mount Katahdin (pronounced: kah-Tah-din) is the tallest mountain in Maine at 5,269 feet (1,606 m or just shy of a mile). The mountain was named ‘Katahdin’ by the Penobscot Indians.  The term means “The Greatest Mountain” in their language. Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park: a steep, tall mountain formed from a granite intrusion weathered to the surface above the treeline. The flora and fauna on the mountain are those typically found in other regions in northern New England. Katahdin has been known since time immemorial to the Native Americans in the region, and has been known to Europeans since, at least, 1689. Or, possibly, long before.  It has inspired hikers, climbers, journal narratives, paintings, local hit songs and a piano sonata. The area around the peak was protected by Governor Percival Baxter starting in the 1930s and is now known as Baxter State Park. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness.