Near Millinocket, the 9.5 mile hike over Mount Katahdin (5,300) starts on the rocky, vertical Abol Trail. After almost three miles of scrambling up rock faces, you ll top out on the tablelands for 360-degree views of 46-peak Baxter State Park as you hike another mile to Baxter Peak, the highest point on Katahdin. Then youll face the Knife Edge, a hair-raising 1.1-mile trek along a narrow, serrated ridge flanked by sheer, 900-foot drops, and cruise the 1.3-mile Dudley Trail to Chimney Pond. Day two is a quick 3.3-mile descent to Roaring Brook Campground.
To reach the trailhead from Bangor, take US95 north 60 miles to the Medway exit and head west 20 miles on SR 157 to Millinocket. Follow signs to the parks southern entrance. Take the perimeter road to Abol Campground.
Also noteworthy: The App Trail up Katahdin starts at Katahdin Stream Campground. Steep ascent up to ridge, sometimes involving scrambling using hands. The Dudley Trail is very steep, and generally a better route down than going up.
Note: there is a permit system in the summer, so make sure to get a permit ahead of your scheduled arrival. Lines form before 7am for any permits left for a given day.
Overall, Mount Katahdin is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 10 hikes in Maine.