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Mount Katahdin

Mountain information
NameMount Katahdin
Elevation5270 ft (1606.3 m)
Prominence4288 ft (1307 m)
ListingNew England 4000-footers;
#2 New England Fifty Finest
U.S. state high point
LocationPiscataquis County, Maine, USA
RangeAppalachian Mountains
AgeDevonian, Acadian orogeny
First ascent1804 by Charles Turner, Jr.
Easiest routeHike, Abol Trail / Hunt Trail
3.8 mi (6.1 km)

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Mount Katahdin (USGS name) is the highest mountain in Maine at 5268 ft (1605.7 m). Named Katahdin by the Penobscot Indians, the term means "The Greatest Mountain". Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park: a steep, tall mountain formed from underground magma. The flora and fauna on the mountain are typical of those found in northern New England. Katahdin was known to the Native Americans in the region, and was known to Europeans at least since 1689. It has inspired hikes, climbs, paintings, and a piano sonata. The area around the peak was protected by Governor Percival Baxter starting in the 1930s. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness.

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