The AT from Georgia to Maine!
One day I will do this! Maybe not 6 months straight but definitely piece by piece! Amazing!
So far I have done Baxter MTN which is the end point of the AT (Appalachian Trail). AKA Mt. Katahdin which is Maine’s highest peak at 5,267 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by 200,000 acre Baxter State Park and miles of forests beyond that.
Mt. Katahdin, dominates the landscape and rugged terrain. This long, rocky ridge stands high above the endless miles of lakes and forest.
This is were Appalachian Trail reaches its northernmost point and final destination for through-hikers at the summit of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine.
The rugged climb up the Trail is definitely one of the steepest climbs on the Appalachian Trail. Beginning at the Katahdin Stream Shelter, the trail rises over 4,000 feet during the five-mile route from the shelter to the summit. The ascent over rough boulders will leave you thoroughly exhausted by the time you reach the plateau at the top, it is important to bring plenty of water and high-energy food. If threatening weather is in the area it can not be climbed because there is no protection from lightning once you are above tree line.
After you have reach the top were all AT thur hikers end the next phase of the MTN is knife edge. Knife Edge: Katahdin is home to the “Knife Edge,” a hiking trail that follows a long, narrow ridge which is only a few feet wide and has steep 1,000 foot cliffs on both sides. For those who are afraid of heights there are many other hiking options.
I haven’t made it passed this point because of weather conditions so my group and I had to turn back.
Note: to do this hike you must have a permit as well as All day hikers must register with the park officials before climbing Katahdin.
One day ill go back and conquer this!