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The Appalachian Trail thru-hikers complete their 2160-mile journey by ascending Katahdin’s western face. On the east face, meanwhile, is a dramatically exposed ridge known as the Knife Edge, which rewards the bold (and sure-footed) with 360-degree views of the mountain slopes and valleys below, and a butterfly inducing, eye-on-the-prize view of the knobby summit. It’s not for beginners, but oh-so-worth-it for the mountain-hardened.

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Knife Edge Trail

The Appalachian Trail thru-hikers complete their 2160-mile journey by ascending Katahdin’s western face. On the east face, meanwhile, is a dramatically exposed ridge known as the Knife Edge, which rewards the bold (and sure-footed) with 360-degree views of the mountain slopes and valleys below, and a butterfly inducing, eye-on-the-prize view of the knobby summit. It’s not for beginners, but oh-so-worth-it for the mountain-hardened.