Acadia Trip 1 6/8/00
Cadillac Mountain 1528
4.8 Miles, Kevin, Judy and Emma
June is an awesome time to visit Acadia, it is warm already, and the crowds arent there yet. We camped at Seawall and had the place to ourselves. The mosquitos were bad and the blackflies are starting to get bad, but Ill take them over people any day. We used lots of Skintastic. In the mornings we had the beach to ourselves and in the afternoon we had the mountain trails pretty much to ourselves, too. We made our first climb of the trip Cadillac, parking at the Bubble Pond lot. We made the ascent on the steep but short West Face Trail, soon finding ourselves on the bald ridge and at the junction with the Cadillac South Ridge Trail, where we turn north and continue on to the summit. So, this is where all the people are. We do a quick walk around the summit and I go into the store for some drinks and snacks. Wanting to be away from the crowd, we soon head back on the same trail. Checking the map we decide to continue further south on the trail till we come to Pond Trail which is an easier descent, and we cut across the last few hundred yards to the carriage road that leads north back to the parking lot. A really fun, easy climb with beautiful scenery.
Acadia Trip 2 6/9/00
Saint Sauveur Mountain 690 and Acadia Mountain 655
3 Miles, Kevin, Judy and Emma
From the parking lot on Route 102 we begin the easy climb to the summit of Saint Sauveur. Just past the summit we come out onto the open ledges above Somes Sound. Stunning views of the sound and Valley Cove below are spread out before us. We watch the lobster boats bring in their traps for a while and then head on along the Valley Peak Trail, down into the col between this and Mount Acadia. We soon begin to rise again steeply, and we stop here on the side of the cliff to eat. Finishing up our lunch, we make the last hop, skip and jump to the summit, which also affords grat views of the sound, plus Echo Lake. Both summits offer excellent views of the whole island, really. Another really fun day hiking with great reward for little effort. From Mount Acadia we start back down to the parking lot, completing the loop.