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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Katahdin - Baxter Peak, Mt. Katahdin - South Peak, Mt. Katahdin - Pamola, ME
Trails
Trails: Cathedral Trail, Knife's Edge, Helon Taylor Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, July 22, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Getting into the Park is the challenge....people line up at 6am waiting for access on the chance there are cancellations. Getting a reservation is a hassle. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: nada 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in Baxter are in great shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: no dogs allowed in BSP 
Bugs
Bugs: No bugs allowed in BSP 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nada 
 
Comments
Comments: Great, strenuous hike up the Cathedral Trail from Chimney Pond. Its all rock scrambling and I'd guess it meets a Class III+/- rating but not positive of that. It is not an easy summit that for certain...several thousand feet of elevation gain all done by scrambling. Nothing to take your grandparents on or your out-of-shape uncle for that matter. You cannot go halfway up and decide to turn around. Then after reaching the summit the fun begins ie the Knife's Edge. That too is all rock scrambling but with the added bonus of being on a Knife's Edge with lots of other hikers so it can be slow going. One thing for sure is that extra water is required and lots of salty snacks, high caloric food and/or gator-aid kind of drinks would be good too. Its not the place to have leg cramps but it is the place to get leg cramps from all that scrambling. The chimney right at Pamola is fun to scale but not so fun to descend....slow going. The Helon Taylor Trail is nothing to sneeze at but going down was not a problem and quite enjoyable after getting off the Knife's Edge.  
Name
Name: Tatnic 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brucecrawfordnco@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-22 
Link
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