Ascent of Katahdin on 2013-09-27

Climber: Bradley R

Others in Party:Amanda Evans
Date:Friday, September 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:5268 ft / 1605 m

Ascent Trip Report

Disappointed in myself for not adding a trip report to this ascent earlier. it's 4/8/2015 and I'm just now adding a trip report.

Why did I pick this climb: Best I can remember I wanted to find a cheaper, but different, vacation for me and my girlfriend (now fiancee). This fit the bill well. The vacation included Katahdin, lighthouses, Acadia National Park(in my opinion the worst thing we did), Lobster on the Maine/Canada border, Candle-pin Bowling, and a short trip into Canada. In addition I had a boss who was from Maine and talked about climbing Katahdin every time he visited.

Where to park: Can't recall a description, though I say this is an easy mountain to learn where to park based on other informative websites.

Trails Used: Abol Trail up (**Note**: this trail was closed for rerouting in 2014/2015), Hunt Trail Down (End, or beginning if you think backwards, of Appalachian Trail).
Originally we had planned to use different trails, I wanted to cross the knifes edge. The parking area to this trail was closed so we had to make up plan B.

About the Hike: We started up the Abol trail in forest for a while and not too bad steep. The trail continuously gets steeper, and by 1.5 miles it's definitely steep. By 1.75 miles we were climbing a rock slide. Still it gets steeper and steeper. Eventually our pace slowed to a crawl. Just to make sure it's clear this is a very steep hiking route for anything in the eastern US. This was a very challenging climb and Amanda really wasn't ready for it. I had to encourage her to stop to eat, drink water, and rest but she didn't really want to continue.

Pretty suddenly at around 2.4 miles you reach the tablelands and I would no longer describe the trail as steep, but instead as the name suggests pretty dang flat. By this point Amanda was gave out and wanted to turn around. We could see the peak so I told her I wasn't turning around. She said it was ok for me to go on, but she wasn't going. I went. I reached the top at pretty much 3.5 total miles of hiking.

Now I turned around and returned to Amanda and we continued down the mountain via the Hunt trail. The trail was longer, but not as steep. My GPSs battery died so I can't review this part of the hike to mark distances. This trail was not as steep as Abol, but still challenging. As a note I could not keep up with Amanda going down this trail (maybe she wasn't as tired as she had lead me to believe). Near the bottom of the Hunt trail was a nice set of waterfalls.

Once we reached the road an older couple we passed near the waterfall picked us up and drove us back to the Abol trailhead, saving about 2 miles of road walking.

I can't really remember how many people we passed on the trail. We certainly weren't alone, but the mountain was not overcrowded. With that being said there's little chance of getting the summit to yourself in nice weather this time of year.

Fun, challenging day hike for me, probably too much for Amanda. I'm unsure how long it took to hike down, I estimate 5 hours for a total of nearly 9 miles of hiking this day. Though I've hiked 16+ miles in a single day on what many consider challenging trails, this 9 took pretty much the same amount of time.

Note: For 2014/2015 the Abol trail is closed for rerouting due to, basically, rock slides. The reroute will start and end at the same points, but the remainder of the trail will be completely different from what I've described above.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3966 ft / 1208 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3966 ft / 1208 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3966 ft / 1208 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Abol Trail
    Start Trailhead:1302 ft / 396 m
    Time:3 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3966 ft / 1208 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Hunt Trail
    End Trailhead:1302 ft / 396 m
    Time:5 Hours 0 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Katahdin

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Katahdin2013-09-273966 ft / 1209 m
 Thoreau Spring2013-09-27 
 The Gateway2013-09-27 
Total Trip Gain: 3966 ft / 1209 m    Total Trip Loss: 3966 ft / 1209 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bradley R
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