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The Owl
T3 R10, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Owl Trail
Looking down the Owl Trail

Route: Hunt Trail, The Owl Trail, (The Owl), The Owl Trail, Hunt Trail

After postponing my arrival to Baxter State Park due to the Duke Duke Duke Duke of Earl, the hurricane that never was, I finally headed up Saturday. Arriving around noon, I headed west to the Katahdin Stream trailhead.

Starting there, we made decent time along the Hunt Trail, soon reaching the Owl Trail junction. From there, the lingering warmer temperatures made things a bit of a challenge. Nonetheless, the pitch wasn't too bad (and, for Baxter standards, the footing was not too bad either) as we climbed, crossed a brook, climbed some more, then arrived at a plateau. Looking up, we saw that the bulk of the climb was ahead of us yet.

Sure enough, we reached the beginning of the real climb, which was steep and rough with multiple scramble ledges and a few tight squeezes. The views along the way were quite good. Reaching the summit ridge and subsequent walk to the open highpoint, the views in all directions were superb as the fog from the rain continued to lift.

The descent back down the scrambles required a bit of care, however thereafter it was fairly smooth sailing.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: The Owl
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, September 4, 2010
Hike Commenced: 1:02 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,080'
Destination: The Owl
Ascent Commenced: 1:02 PM
Summit Reached: 3:24 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:22
Trailhead Elevation: 1,080'
Summit Elevation: 3,736'
Distance 3.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,696'
Hike Ended: 5:36 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:34
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,736'

The Hunt Trail trailhead at Katahdin Stream Campground
The Hunt Trail trailhead at Katahdin Stream Campground

Looking up the Owl Trail
Looking up the Owl Trail

Looking at the southwest spur of Mt. Katahdin from The Owl - Click to enlarge
Looking at the southwest spur of Mt. Katahdin from The Owl

Topographic map of The Owl - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: From the Togue Pond Gate (Millinocket side), take the Tote Road west, then turn right onto the Katahdin Stream Campground entrance road. The limited-space day use parking lot will be located on the left. The Hunt Trail continues straight.

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