Mount Katahdin, ME: 10/20 – 10/23/19

We arrived at Katahdin Shadows RV Park late Sunday in the rain.

On Monday morning, we drove a short distance to Baxter State Park.

I particularly enjoy hikes that require you to sign in.

Our goal today was Baxter Peak at 5,267’ via the Hunt Trail. Baxter Peak on Mount Katahdin is the north end of the AT trail that originates 2,155 miles south in Georgia.

There was also a plaque embedded in a rock dedicated to the people of Maine.

At 1.2 miles we enjoyed Katahdin Stream Falls.

We hiked 7.3 miles out and back, gaining 3,438’ in elevation. It was uphill most of the way. The views were spectacular.

The false peak in the next picture was steeper than it appears to be.

We took a break and had a snack. I was wondering how much more I had in me.

We climbed up many boulders, thankful for the rungs to aid in the climb.

I can tell you that in this picture all that I was thinking about was how I was going to get back down this boulder!

We made it to the plateau and took another rest. You can see the true summit in the background.

The remaining distance was about a mile and and a half and 400 vertical feet to the summit. I was done. Can you see it in on my face?? I was concerned about how I was going to get back down the large boulders. Scott was concerned that if we continued to the summit, we would be hiking back down in the dark, and he knows that I do not like those conditions. So, we retreated. I didn’t make the summit, but I was able to manage the hike back down better than I thought I would. It truly was beautiful.

On Wednesday morning, we took off for Acadia National Park. Once again, it was pouring rain. We have seen more rain on the East Coast in the short six weeks that we have been back than we have seen in total during the past 15 months. Crazy.

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