|Mount Katahdin at 5,268 feet is the highest mountain in Maine. It marks the northern end of |
The Appalachian Trail. Over 2,000 miles, the AT is the longest marked footpath in the world.
|My son has summited Katahdin twice and dreams of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail one year.|
Hiking with me, our aim was to climb only 2/3 up Katahdin to Chimney Pond. This was six-miles roundtrip
from Roaring Brook campground. My son did all the planning, including rations and campsites, for our 4-night
visit to Baxter State Park. We split the 4 hour drive to the North Woods from our home in coastal Maine.
|The view at one third up Katahdin was in itself worth the climb.|
|In mid July at this high elevation, the bugs weren't too bad and the Mountain Laurel was in bloom.|
|It wasn't a difficult climb, but the rocky footing made it challenging. Hiking boots and poles were a good idea.|
We were aiming for that plateau valley, another mile and a half above us: Chimney Pond.
|Chimney Pond is ringed by jagged peaks with crystal clear turquoise water. It reminded me oddly of Switzerland.|
|We were allowed to pump water and to picnic by the shore but not to swim.|
|We needed warm fleeces more than a dip in the water anyway. Although it was in the low 70's at the base, |
it was 10 degrees colder at Chimney Pond. The wind was gusting too.
|The view of Katahdin was stunning, but my vertigo returns just looking at this picture. |
My hands were shaking so much it was hard to hold the camera steady.
Now you know why I didn't summit Katahdin.
|My sense of equilibrium returned back down in the woods.|
Being in the wilderness brings me both challenges and peace.
I'll be posting more Baxter photos in the coming weeks, focusing on moose, canoeing and wildflowers.