On September 9, 2017, we hiked to the summit of Mt. Katahdin from the Chimney Pond and Cathedral Trails in Maine’s Baxter State Park. This was the culmination of our hiking season, begun with a plan in the beginning of 2017 to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness of the Appalachian Trail together. We are a father and daughter in Maine, and this blog is a project to capture the experience of exploring the Pine Tree State’s unique outdoors. We are by no means experts, but we plan to recommend the things that worked for us – gear, trails, techniques, as well as to document the missteps we have taken, even if just for our own amusement.
A longer description of this hike will follow, along with recommendations and maps.
11/12/17: An update on this particular Katahdin hike in September, in advance of full hike/blog post content- X-rays a couple weeks after the hike showed dad broke his wrist during the rainy descent down the Saddle Trail. This, combined with our 100-Mile Wilderness experience, finally convinced us of the utility of hiking poles, and our gear reviews will follow regarding these poles.