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A reprint of an article that appeared in Appalachia, vol. II, no. 4. From the introduction: "Mt. Ktaadn is so inaccessible that practically it is remote even to New Englanders. It is probably true that a greater number of eastern men now annually visit Pike's Peak than penetrate to the Maine mountain, and a hundred Bostonians have been among the Alps for one who has climbed Ktaadn. Of the few who have published narratives of their excursions to this unique mountain, some have presented more or less definite accounts of the routes by which they reached it. Thus the delightful article of Thoreau, entitled 'Ktaadn,' is mainly a circumstantial description of his journey thither, rather than of the mountain itself... But as the reading of all that has been written relating to Ktaadn would yield distinct information upon only two of the four possible routes to it, it seems desirable to present at one view, and in narrow compass, the leading characteristics of all, -- their relative lengths, advantages and disadvantages."

Hamlin identifies and describes four routes: via Mattawamkeag and the Penobscot; via Brownville and the Joe Merry Lakes; via Moosehead Lake and the Penobscot River; and via Sherman and the Wassataquoik Stream.


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