This is the start of Ron and Ara's southbound Appalachian thru hike.
The trail leaves the Katahdin Stream Campground, crosses the Katahdin Stream near the Katahdin Stream Falls and then rises steeply to the summit plateau. Hikers will appreciate the iron bars set into some of the steep bouders below the summit plateau.
The summit on this day was reached through mixed weather and high winds. As always, plan carefully and be willing to retreat in bad weather, which, even in summit, may include hail, sleet and snow.
Above Treeline Warning
People have died above treeline every time of the year. On the summits, the air is thinner (approximately equivalent to Denver, Colorado) and at any exposed altitude weather conditions can vary from sun to rain, sleet or even snow in moments. Winds frequently exceed 30 mph and can generate severe wind chill, even in summer. Check weather reports, but prepare for the worst.
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