Acadia Mountain

Acadia Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine (5/12/2009)

This is hike #11 ("Acadia Mountain") in "Chapter 2: Down East" of the book Foghorn Outdoors' Maine Hiking (First Edition). This was the eighth of nine hikes we did in Maine the week of May 10.

This is the second of three hikes we took on the western side of Mount Desert Island (all in the same day). Acadia Mountain is on the other side of Echo Lake from Beech Mountain and is bordered on the east by the gorgeous Somes Sound. So there are plenty of views of water in this spectacular hike across the mountain. The first part of the hike is the ascent on the western side, often steep. Next comes a stroll, with some ups and downs, along the ridge, and then a very steep descent along the eastern side with constant views of the sound. The last part, alas, is a relatively boring return to the car on a fire road.

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Trail head on Route 102

Beautiful stream

A red squirrel ...

... let us watch him eat

Steep ascent

[photo by Laura]

Beech Mountain fire tower

Southern end of Somes Sound


More uphill

Beech Mountain



View south

Clayton, some guy we met

View of the sound [photo by Laura]

Our lunch spot

Boat in the sound

Steep descent here


Norumbega Mountain

Beech Mountain in far rear

Low-flying turkey vulture

Three in one shot

[photo by Laura]

Tugboat in sound

Continous views ...

... out to the Atlantic

Steep descent continues

On the bank of the sound

[photo by Laura]

Fire road back


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