Discover Just How Tall Mount Katahdin in Maine Really is

Mount Katahdin
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Written by Telea Dodge

Published: October 30, 2023

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Maine is a beautiful New England state that boasts a lot of beautiful views and experiences. It is the Northeasternmost state in the United States and contains the end of the Appalachian Trail. There are a number of beautiful mountains in Maine, and today we’ll – figuratively – climb one of them. Let’s explore one beautiful peak in Maine – Mount Katahdin. We’ll learn a couple of things about this peak but we’ll mainly be focused on one question: “How tall is Mount Katahdin?”

How Tall is Mount Katahdin?

Infographic of Mount Katahdin
Mount Katahdin is 5,269 feet tall and has a prominence of 4,288 feet.

Mount Katahdin is the highest peak in Maine, with an elevation of 5,269 feet. This may seem small in comparison to some of the more western peaks in the United States – like the 14,505 towering feet of Mount Whitney – but don’t underestimate it. This mountain is considered one of the most challenging summit hikes in the United States. The mountain has a prominence of 4,288 feet. That means this mountain towers over the surrounding geography easily and impressively. Let’s compare this mountain to other mountains in Maine.

Mount Katahdin5,269 feet4,288 feet
Sugarloaf Mountain4,237 feet3,180 feet
Crocker Mountain4,229 feet1,214 feet
Saddleback Mountain4,121 feet2,448 feet
North Brother Mountain4,150 feet1,243 feet

Where is Mount Katahdin on a Map?

Mt Katahdin Baxter State Park Millinocket Maine end of Appalachian Trail at 5AM Togue Pond Camp Natarswi

The name “Katahdin” translates to “Greatest Mountain” in the Penobscot language.

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Let’s take a look at Mount Katahdin on a map. This helps us get a better idea of where it is and what its features are.

By exploring this map, you can see that Mount Katahdin is close to a couple of other mountain peaks. How far is this mountain from major cities in Maine? Since the mountain is in the middle of Baxter State Park, it’s pretty isolated. Bangor, the capital city of Maine, is about 96.3 miles away from Katahdin – or a two-hour drive. Portland, Maine, is a bit further south – 225 miles southwest, to be exact. The average travel time from Portland to Mount Katahdin is about three hours and 51 minutes.

Can I Hike Mount Katahdin?

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There are several trails that will lead you to the summit of Mount Katahdin, and all of them are very strenuous. The hike requires an elevation gain of about 4,000 feet. Most climbers recommend the Chimney Pond Trail to the Saddle Trail for the easiest ascent, but this is still an incredibly challenging route. The route is a 9.8-mile loop with an elevation gain of 3,917 feet. The Friends of Baxter Website estimates that the average trip to the summit will take 8-12 hours roundtrip. Here are just a couple of the hikes you can take to get to the top.

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About the Author

Telea Dodge is an animal enthusiast and nature fiend with a particular interest in teaching a sense of community and compassion through interactions with the world at large. Carrying a passion for wild foraging, animal behaviorism, traveling, and music, Telea spends their free time practicing their hobbies while exploring with their companion dog, Spectre.

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