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Knife Edge Trail is probably the most spectacular trail in the East demanding only the skillful.

Knife Edge Trail from Pamola Peak (elevation 4,919) to Mt. Katahdin / Baxter Peak (elevation 5,267) is probably the most challenging and outrageous trail on the East Coast. There are points along the trail where the footing is only 3 feet wide with drop-offs of 2,000 feet or more. About midway, the trail reaches South Peak (elevation 5,240). The views are most certainly unsurpassed on the 1.1 mile trek. The trail is considered very dangerous when the weather is wet and windy. Cairns mark the route. From Baxter Peak, Hunt Trail and Abol Trail descend to the western park road.

Directions: From Millinocket, ME, Travel approximately 15 miles north on SR 11 to reach the Togue Pond Gate. Bear right and travel about 8 miles to the Roaring Brook Campground. This trail begins at the Helon Taylor Trail terminus.

Elevation: 5,267 feet

Elevation Gain: 348 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Baxter State Park, Maine

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