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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
Go high in these dense clusters of mountains to hit several summits on a single hike.
Baxter SP, ME
Few peaks have the trophy appeal of 5,269-foot Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. This granite massif holds four pinnacles and a scary-airy, 3-foot-wide ridge called the Knife Edge. It’s a perpetual reader favorite. Start from Roaring Brook Campground, climbing 1,300 feet over 3.3 miles to Chimney Pond. Scramble under pinned rocks to 4,919-foot Pamola Peak. (Visiting in winter? “There is a steep, 2,000-foot snow climb that ascends to the top of the gully between Pamola and Chimney Peaks,” Bill Bohn notes.) Check your fear of heights on Chimney Peak: The 1.1-mile-long Knife Edge has death drops on both sides. From South Peak, a .8-mile ridge leads to the famous Katahdin sign atop Baxter Peak. Hero shot in memory card, descend toward South Basin to close the loop.