Appalachian Trail

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Mount Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine. Named Katahdin by the Penobscot Indians, the term means "The Greatest Mountain". Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park: a steep, tall mountain formed from underground magma. The flora and fauna on the mountain are typical of those found in eastern Canada. Katahdin was known to the Native Americans in the region, and was known to Europeans at least since 1689. It has since inspired hikes, climbs, paintings, and even a symphony. The area around the peak was protected by Governor Percival Baxter starting in the 1930s.

As the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and southern terminus of the International Appalachian Trail, Katahdin is a popular hiking and backpacking destination and the centerpiece of Baxter State Park. The most famous hike to the summit is called the Knife Edge, which traverses the ridge between Pamola Peak and Baxter Peak. Despite its relatively small stature when compared with other mountains in the United States, Katahdin has claimed over 20 lives in the past 40 years mostly from exposure in bad weather and falls from the Knife Edge. The Knife Edge is closed during periods of high wind.

Baxter State Park is open year round, though strictly regulated in winter. The overnight camping season is from May 15th to October 15th each year. Capacity limits have been placed on day use parking at the trailheads to minimize the overuse of trails

 

 

 

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