Acadia National Park – Maine – Day Three

Great Head, Northeast Harbor, Flying Mountain

Another chilly night and another fire to get the day started! A quick trip to Toddy Pond’s edge yielded some pretty views of the yellow morning sunlight over the solid blue water. The air was crisp. The breeze was soft. It’s sad to see it go. We had to pack up as this was our last day. Stoke that fire just a bit more before a big breakfast. The camp was so cozy it was hard to depart. Perhaps a return next summer?

We took the short trip back to Acadia in hopes of a nice hike under the glistening sun. We were not disappointed! We started off at Sand Beach and hightailed it into the woods on the eastern end of the beach. There’s a little field of rocks at the beginning of Great Head Trail that, once traversed, leads upward onto the cliff. A little zigzag here and a mini scramble there and we hit the upper rim of the cliffside. The views here were astounding. The water was a mix between cerulean blues and teal greens but whitened where it hit the rocks far below. The sea ebbed and flowed into cracks and crevices slowly eroding the 500 million year old exposed bedrock. After stopping numerous times to stop and gaze we continued on. There is a little summit with cairns littered about. Eventually the trail loops around and brings you back to Sand Beach.

Don’t look down!

After Great Head we set out and followed Park Loop Road until we hit Champlain Road. We took that through Seal Harbor, then slightly north into Asticou, then a quick turn south into Northeast Harbor. Everything we passed was super cozy looking but Northeast Harbor was really quaint, cute, and welcoming. We found a good spot right on the marina next to the harbor master’s office and busted out our sandwiches. The sun was warm and it felt great. It was good to refuel and take a break before we set off on our last hike.

You can think of Northeast Harbor as a little peninsula that sticks out southward with the harbor on the east side. On the west side is Somes Sound, and that extends farther north than the harbor. We high tailed it around the sound and headed back south, past Echo Lake, and right to Flying Mountain, located on the western side of Somes Sound. The woods were pretty this late in the day and the views from atop of the sound were spectacular. There’s nothing like being at a high elevation and looking down over sun strewn hilltops and waterways. Simply beautiful. The trails extend pretty far north but we just hiked to Valley Cove and took a wide gravel path back to the lot. Valley Cove may have been the most serene view of the trip. What a great way to round everything out. Overall our excursion was a success!

Acadia National Park – Maine – Day Two

Jordan Pond and South Bubble Mountain

Back at it again! The overnight temps were manageable and our camp stayed cozy. The fire of course died out but after getting it stoked and roaring again we had ourselves a nice cozy breakfast. We soon ventured out to seize the day, but the weather wasn’t so welcoming to that sort of idea. It was a tad cloudy with patches of fog littered about.

Our next destination? We decided on Jordan Pond. While not on the eastern coast of Mt Desert Island Jordan Pond still offers great views. With the fog hovering over just about every body of water we passed it made sense. The ocean would be foggy and maybe too dreary so we’ll hold out for tomorrow. We hoped that in the meantime circling Jordan Pond’s three mile trail would suffice. We lucked out. It was gorgeous. The lack of sun didn’t really detract from the scenery at all. In fact it almost enhanced it in a way. The low clouds and fog drifting over the the peaks into the valleys offered some pretty views. Doing the nearby hike up one of the bubbles was also a goal. Elevation is always cool. We set out around Jordan Pond Trail, stopping to marvel and take pics of the pond along the way.

About halfway around we encountered the trail up to South Bubble Mountain. There were two paths. The left being the steeper, but quicker path, and the right being a bit easier but a tad longer. With Bradley in tow we opted for the casual route up to South Bubble. Unfortunately the view of the pond from the peak was fogged over. Oh well no big deal. We took the same path back and once back to Jordan Pond Trail we continued on. Along the path we noticed the fog lifting, and soon we could see across the pond again. There was a cool wooden bridge along the way. The path then turned into crossing boulders at water level but then became a series of planks and lumber built as a walkway. It was new and you could still smell the fresh wood. Nothing like it.

Acadia National Park – Maine – Day One

Acadia Arrival, Gorham Mountain Trail, Sand Beach, Toddy Pond

What can I say about Maine? Everything in Maine is beautiful. From the trees beginning to change from their summer greens to their vibrant oranges and yellows to the picturesque clouds floating in the sky to even the fog rolling over hilltops. This place is the outdoorsy type’s dream. Our latest destination? Acadia National Park. Situated about three hours north of Portland, Acadia is on Mount Desert Island off of Maine’s coast. The island clocks in at just over 100 square miles and is second in size, on the eastern seaboard, only to Long Island. The park is huge. There’s trails everywhere including 45 miles of carriage trails built by John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller was one of the main donators of the land for the park. There’s plenty to see and even though we spent three days there hiking, we only covered a small percentage of the park itself. We hung out by the coastline mostly in order to take in those ocean views. Stupendous! We rented a house in nearby Surry which is only about 35 minutes away from Acadia’s Sand Beach entrance. The uninsulated camp is on Toddy Pond; also spectacular views. We had a fantastic time and I wish to share with you some of the pics I took along the way. We started off on the Gorham Mountain Trail which is a bit south of Acadia’s Sand Beach entrance. We actually passed Sand Beach on the way down to Gorham. Once we got back down we headed north for a quick look at Sand Beach.

Bradley! He loves the woods!

Gorham Mountain Trail

And so it begins!
“The Pathmaker”
Check out these cool Jenga like rocks.
The top of Gorham!
Gorham Mountain Peak
Gorham Mountain Peak
We made it! 525 feet. Not the highest but the scrambles and views along the way were fun!
Sand Beach
Creek opposite Sand Beach. I heard that at one time this connected with the ocean at high tide.The ocean is maybe 120 feet behind me.
Looking out over the Atlantic from Park Loop Road.
Stairs leading down to an overlook.
A cloudy haze started rolling in over this Atlantic view.
Rocky beach below Park Loop Road.
House on the pond? Yes please!
Deck overlooking Toddy Pond.
Sunset over Toddy Pond.
Dock on Toddy Pond.
Post hike slumber.

Anthony’s Nose – Hudson Valley

We made it! The initial scramble was enough to keep us warmed up.
Looking south down the Hudson.
Another view looking west.
Sicc panorama.
Here’s the first of 3 rock scrambles up to Anthony’s nose via the Camp Smith Trail.
It rained a lot yesterday and the trail was muddy in many spots. Some were even little creeks of running water.
There’s a few nice overlooks on the way.
Another view overlooking the Hudson.