We got up early yesterday and drove to the parking area for the Acadia Mountain hiking trail. This is a popular trail despite it being rated as "strenuous". When we drove by here the other afternoon, the parking lot was over full. So we wanted to avoid the crowds. We started the trail at 7:30am, and there were only two or three other cars in the parking lot.
And it really was a strenuous trail. Having said that, anybody could do it, but those in not very good shape would just have to do it slowly with a lot of rest breaks. There are quite a few areas of rocks to clamber up, and a beautiful view at the top. Plus, unlike the Canadian national parks, these trails have not been made accessible by park staff using ATV's. Of course we don't know if that's the case at all U.S. national parks, but it was the case here. We had a lot of fun on this trail, and we only met two other people, and there were no bugs. This is one of the best trails we have ever been on, and we rate it 9.0 out of 10.
Ruth, enjoying the view
Both of us enjoying the view
Ruth, on the trail. We just came down those rocks.
It's only a 2.5 mile (4.0 kms) hike but it took us almost two hours. Of course we stopped to enjoy the view several times, and it is pretty slow going at times climbing up and down rocks. We had left Whiskey behind to guard Sherman, and arrived back to the campground around 9:30am where we relaxed for the rest of the morning.
Took the bikes out in the afternoon. We did a 7 mile (12 km) loop that took us from the campground to the village of Bass Harbor and back to the campground on an old fire road. Then we relaxed and I puttered around a couple of things on the motorhome and Ruth sat and read her book.
Sherman, camped out at Seawall Campground, Acadia National Park.
But we left early again this morning to avoid the traffic and crowds. Not sure where we'll end up tonight, although I have sent a request to a Harvest Hosts winery to see if we can park there for tonight. Another beautiful sunny day!
Hiking Acadia National Park, 2nd: A Guide to the Parks Greatest Hiking Adventures (Regional Hiking Series)