Katahdin – Janie’s version

Chimney Pond Trail Sign
The Chimney Pond Trail:  “Strenuous and rocky. 1425 elevation gain in 3.3 miles”

Every once in a while I need to remind myself that mountain climbing just isn’t my thing. It was a beautiful day at Baxter State Park, with another one promised for the following day. Russ was itching to climb Katahdin, but I wasn’t too keen on his going it alone. Hiking part way up with him on the Chimney Pond Trail seemed reasonable.  I’d wait while he summited, and we’d hike back out together. Besides, there was talk of nice views from Chimney Pond, and sometimes it’s worth putting your head down and doing the hard work to get there.

Wilderness Warning

Moose print
What we think was a fresh moose print was the closest we came to seeing the real thing.
Russ feeling fresh
Russ feeling fresh on one of the amazing bridges along the Chimney Pond Trail
View from Chimney Pond
Chimney Pond Campground, enveloped in the arms of Katahdin.
View from the shelter
View from the shelter that was my base camp for the day.  Time passed quickly as I explored the campground, chatted with other hikers, took a nap, wrote in my journal, and listened to a podcast.

We left Chimney Pond with just enough time to get out before dark. Our day had started at 4:15 a.m. and when we got home, we took a quick shower, downed a couple of Advil for dinner and were in bed by 8:30.

Morning on the way to Katahdin
Morning on Togue Pond (as seen from the comfort of the road)


6 thoughts on “Katahdin – Janie’s version

  1. I just love your blog, Janie. Am wondering if I could have your permission to one day paint that picture at the end of your blog of the boat on shore with the placid lake behind it?

    M >

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    1. So glad you’re enjoying the blog, Mary. And yes, you have permission to paint the boat on the shore of Togue Pond. I had taken the same photo the afternoon before, but the soft morning light made it magical.


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