Ascent of Katahdin on 2016-07-20
|Others in Party:||David Musser <3607>; Will; Tristan|
|Date:||Wednesday, July 20, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5268 ft / 1605 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMy 4th time up this massive beautiful state HP. This time I tried the Abol Trail which was newly opened and they are still working on it. They have created a wide path that switchbacks through the conifers and Krummholtz without going up the large slide. It is the easiest way up now. It starts higher up than Katahdin Steam/Hunt and is an easy parking area to access. We forgot our passes this time and the other two approaches had permitted people ahead of us to only this route was accessible for us at 6AM on WED!
fortunately, it was a sunny nice day of 57F but the wind was obnoxious. It beat us up all day and by the time we made the second peak (Baxter South) we vetoed doing the knife edge. The winds were so intense on the ridge they blew us to our feet and we had to sit at least 5 to 7 times. I have not felt wind gusts that strong since Boreas and Rainier. Not a pleasant exposed scramble in places when you go to place a foot and you body gets blown in another direction so we called it a day with simply getting Baxter Peak and Baxter South.
I would say the views from this new trail are excellent. many large 180 panoramas. This is the shorter less intense way up but still a hard earned day. I have now done all approaches other than from the north over Howe Peak. Someday.....
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4014 ft / 1223 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||118 ft / 35 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5 mi / 8 km|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
| Weather:||Cool, Very Windy, Clear|
up to 60 mph gusts! 57F
| Gain on way in:||4014 ft / 1223 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3974 ft / 1211 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m|
| Loss on way in:||40 ft / 12 m|
| Distance:||4.8 mi / 7.7 km|
| Route:||Abol Trail (newly opened)|
| Start Trailhead:||1294 ft / 394 m|
| Time:||3 Hours |
| Loss on way out:||78 ft / 23 m|
| Distance:||0.2 mi / 0.3 km|
| Route:||ridge crest to Knife Edge|
| End Trailhead:||5190 ft / 1581 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Baxter-4|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 4427 ft / 1349 m Total Trip Loss: 4427 ft / 1349 m
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