Thursday, July 14, 2022

This is a mountain that needs no introduction. Named “Great Mountain” (Katahdin) by the Penobscot Native Americans, it is also the official end point of the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. It is also the tallest mountain in Maine.

And we picked an iconic route for this iconic mountain. We’ll start our day on the Hunt Trail, which coincides with the final segment of the Appalachian Trail. Most of the hike is above treeline, so the views are spectacular. And once we summit, it’s not the end of our day. We are doing this day as a thru-hike, so we can experience the legendary Knife’s Edge. While only 1.1 miles in length, this stretch of trail is exposed, technical, and absolutely unforgettable. Don’t worry, our guides will be there to guide you safely across as you experience this magnificent route.

We have parking reservations for two separate days, so if the weather does not make the ascent possible the first day, we have a rain date built in. If we are able to ascend as planned, we’ll spend the second day resting our legs and canoeing to explore more of Maine’s magnificent wilderness.

Experience: This trip is for experienced hikers. Please contact us at for more information.

Accommodations: Shared rooms at beautiful Big Moose Cabins at the edge of a lake. The cabins have showers, electricity, and even kitchens that the guides will use to cook everyone tasty meals. We’ll be staying in comfort in a place where we can disconnect.

For multi-day trips, as a precaution, we ask that you get a COVID-19 PCR test 3-5 days prior to the trip, regardless of vaccination status.

Day 1 (July 14)

Your guides will pick you up at the Bangor, ME airport (airfare is not included in the cost of trip; please contact the AU team to confirm your arrival and departure times before making any plane reservations) and drive you to the base of Mt. Katahdin. We’ll unpack and do a short hike and a gear check. We’ll turn in early in anticipation of our climb the next day.

Day 2 (July 15)

It’s summit attempt day! We’ll get up early and may our way up the unforgettable trails of Katahdin!

Day 3 (July 16)

In case the weather does not cooperate the day before, we will use this day as a rain date. But if all goes according to plan, today we are going to be canoeing the whole day! We are giving our legs a break and exploring the Maine wilderness!

Day 4 (July 17)

You have an option to sleep in or join a guide on a sunrise hike. After breakfast, we’ll drive everyone to the Bangor airport to catch the departing flights.

All meals are included, except for food on the drive to and from the destination. We are a vegetarian company and happy to accommodate dietary restrictions.


Level: Challenging (Learn More)

Mileage: 11 miles

Elevation Gain: 4,258 feet

Group Size: 2 - 7 adventurers


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Check-in Time: July 14th (Bangor International Airport)

Departure Time: Please email us your planned itinerary before booking.

Return Time: July 17th (Bangor International Airport)



  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Moisture-wicking, non-cotton base layers (top and bottom, no cotton)
  • Fleece
  • Insulating top and bottom layers
  • Fully waterproof top and bottom layers that can be worn over all other layers
  • Long underwear
  • Fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Neck buff
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable cabin/car shoes


  • Money for lunch stops on the road
  • Personal toiletries and towel (all other linens provided)
  • Snacks
  • Water bottles that can hold at least 3 liters total
  • Backpack (large enough to fit all the extra layers and supplies)
  • Headlamp (required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)