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    Just curious if anyone has ascended Katahdin in the winter. What trail you took, etc..I've done a lot of research and put a team together and am about to apply for a permit, but I am just curious if anyone can share their experiences with me? =)

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    I know people on Time For Tuckerman's have and probably VFTT.

    I've been up there in the summer. I was really turned off by all the rules, but once I got there it wasn't that bad.
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    I did it in early april 9 years ago. We used the Abol slide trail. It is short but steep. Bring ropes and ice screws in case. Once you reach the plateau you are golden.

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    Thats what side I was thinking as well. Awesome. Thanks a lot!

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    Hi,
    I have done the Abol slide trail in winter, and it ascends about 4000 feet over roughly 3.2 miles. The Knifes Edge is a great trail thoug I have never done that one in winter. Have a great and safe trip up there.
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    Winter trips to Baxter are often discussed on viewsfromthetop.com, a NE hiking website. A common extended trip is to ski into Roaring Brook from Abol Bridge and then hike / skin up to Chimney Pond. From Chimney, the Saddle winter route is the least technical, though features some sections that some consider exposed. Good luck, and have asafe trip!

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    With the road closed getting in from the gatehouse is a chore in its self. Baxter in winter is considered one of the toughest winter accents in New England. The trail that most take up is the Abol slide but going up thru Chimmney Pond is an incredible hike also. Enjoy your winter accent and make sure you get back to us with a trip report.

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    A ski trip up to Chimney Pond sounds like a great multi-day. Even if you don't make it to the summit I bet that is an amazing place in the winter.

    Although, the only way I would do it is with skis and skins. Snowshoes would be too slow.
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    Yeah, we are going to ski in to chimney pond. planning it was a 3 day. i'll report back with pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexFTGU View Post
    Yeah, we are going to ski in to chimney pond. planning it was a 3 day. i'll report back with pictures!
    Awesome. The trail from the summer trailhead to Chimney Pond has to be much easier on skis than on foot. Assuming there is ample snow cover.
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