Appalachian Trail 163: Abol Bridge to Katahdin

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The 163rd section of the Appalachian Trail runs 15.1 miles from Abol Bridge to its northern terminus on the 5,267 foot summit of Mount Katahdin. If you are a north-bound thru-hiker, reaching Mount Katahdin means that you are finally finished with your trek!

Of course, if you are south bound, this will be the first section of the Appalachian Trail that you will hike. To read all of the AT section descriptions, just cycle backwards through the numbers.

Along the way to the summit of Katahdin, the trail passes Daicy Pond Campground Day Use Parking, Grassy Pond, Katahdin Stream Campground Day Use Parking Lot, and The Birches Lean-tos.
Trail length: 15 miles
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  • Posted by Greg Heil on November 4, 2011


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    Reviews of Appalachian Trail 163: Abol Bridge to Katahdin

    Reviewed by snowman on July 5, 2015

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    wow,what a hike,clouds and 20mph winds but it was great. my wife did it with me(shes not a hiker)im so proud of her.saw thru hikers at the top who left georger in feb. very emotional. got some great pictures on the way down.
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    Reviewed by appleseed12 on October 10, 2013

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    The end of the AT! This place is awesome. Lots of animals, we saw many moose in Katahdin State Park on our way to the summit. There is a cabin at Chimney Pond, right beneath the summit that is very comforting. The hiking can be slow with all the rocks and vertical gain, but the summit is worth it. From the summit, the traverse on the Knife's Edge is pretty exhilarating. About 10 to 15 feet wide with severe drops on either side.
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    Appalachian Trail 163: Abol Bridge to Katahdin 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.

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