Chimney Pond with Baxter Peak, the highest point of Katahdin in the center. The Cathedral Trail goes up the ridge on the right, curving in an arc, to the summit. We stayed inside the park at a Maine Conservation Corp facility which made it possible to get on the trail early. Katahdin is beautiful. This glacial cirque is similar to Tuckerman Ravine, Huntington Ravine and, in some ways, like King Ravine of the Presidential Range in New Hampshire. The plants and animals are conspicuously similar to the alpine plants of Mt. Washington and the entire alpine zone of the Presidentials as well.
Looking straight up at the Cathedral.
The Cathedral Trail starts at the Ranger's Cabin on the northeast shore of Chimney Pond. It climbs gently before dropping you off here at the bottom of this steep boulder field.