Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Katahdin - Baxter Peak, ME
Trails: Helon Taylor Trail, Knife Edge, Saddle Trail, Chimney Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Didn't have a parking reservation for the Roaring Brook day use area, so I got to the closed gate super early (shortly before 4 AM) to ensure I could scoop a spot after 7:05 AM (the cutoff time for people with parking reservations). Huge gamble that may not always pay off, so I'd still recommend getting a reservation if you can. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossed via footbridges.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No pets allowed in Baxter State Park, including dogs. 
Bugs: Not too bad until the last couple miles of the hike down, but even so, they were a moderate annoyance at worst. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Aside from a few minor patches of mud, all the trails were bone dry and in good condition. The weather was mild with low humidity and mostly sunny skies, which made for very comfortable hiking with stunning views as a reward for my efforts.

I had never hiked Katahdin via the Knife Edge (only other time was via the Hunt Trail back in '15), and after doing it today, it's now a favorite of mine. Some of the most incredible and imposing views and terrain in the eastern United States can be found on this 1.1 mile section of trail, and IMO it should be on any serious hiker's bucket list. I'd stay off it if you have a fear of heights, though- a slip and fall on some areas could have grim results...  
Name: Spencer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-08-03 
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