|Mt Hamlin Ridge Trail, Baxter State Park|
I just as much assumed that no amount of rain gear was going to keep me dry today. The Hamlin ridge is mostly above tree line and very expose to wind and weather.
|Classic view of Mt Katahdin with Mt Hamlin just right of center|
While I would have loved to have stayed and enjoyed the scene, I had my own ridiculous mountain to hike.
The trail up Mt Hamlin begins the same way as the Katahdin hike. The first 2.2 miles climb up a well-maintained trail past the basin ponds until the first turnoff appears on the right. Hoards of hikers will continue straight onwards to Chimney Pond but the Hamlin peak trail turns right. From here, it is 0.6 miles to another turnoff- heading right will take you to the North Basin lookout while heading straight will bring you to Hamlin. It is just 0.2 miles further from the North Basin cutoff trail to the Hamlin Ridge Trail
|A stormy day but still gorgeous|
|Mt Katahdin before the storm rolled in|
|The Hamlin Ridge Trail|
Mercifully, there are fantastic views to keep the mind off the steepness. Hamlin Ridge really felt like Katahdin except without the crowds and woefully unprepared hikers. I know that the weather had something to do with it, but hey, I had the trail and the summit to myself. Even with the clouds, I doubt you could have seen any further from the Katahdin summit.
I won't lie; the primary reason I hiked this mountain was to bag another 4,000 footer. However, like most of these adventures, I discovered a little known peak with lots of adventures.
|Rocky and stout vegetation|
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