Bald Peak in Acadia National Park viewed over Upper Hadlock Pond. (Milt Gross photo.) You don't need a heavy pack -- or, in my case, any pack. I'm kind of lazy, and since the entire walk is.9 mile from Route 198, why load myself down with stuff I don't need.
Acadia National Park's trails are samples of every type of hiking trails you'll find anywhere in Maine. I've been on just about all of the ANP ones and many of those throughout Maine.
Probably my favorite in Acadia, which I never seem to get time to revisit, is Bald Peak at 974 feet in altitude with its summit.9 of a mile from a paved highway.
It's not the highest in the park, nor featuring the longest trail, nor the roughest, nor the most dramatic, nor the steepest, nor the most blueberry-featured, nor the one where you're likely to see the most wildlife. The trail up is "moderate," whatever that means. To me it means I don't have to climb, but its a fairly steep uphill.
Bald Peak in Acadia National Park viewed over Upper Hadlock Pond. Milt Gross photo.
But it has a little of what most Maine mountains offer, which is its draw for me. I most love its summit, which comes after a.5-mile climb from a carriage road. The summit has no trees, which my guess tells me is the origin of its name. You can look up from it to the east for a view of the steep side of 1,373-foot-high Sargent Mountain, west to Bald Peak's sister peak, Parkman Mountain at 941 feet above sea level, southwest to Norumbega* Mountain that is 862 feet high, or south to the ocean.
You can see in all directions.
You don't need a heavy pack -- or, in my case, any pack. I'm kind of lazy, and since the entire walk** is.9 mile from Route 198, why load myself down with stuff I don't need.
Compass? Okay if you're curious about directions, but its not needed, as you can basically see where you want to go next. Water? If you want to carry it. But how thirsty can you get in.9 of a mile? Map? Again, you don't really need it.
But I do recommend a map, not because you'll get lost or even "turned around," as real Maineiacs do, but because it allows you to know what you're looking at on all four sides of the rocky summit.
Maine has lots of rocky summits. Katahdin, of course, is the highest, the most chopped up with rough rock, and the most dangerous in terms of weather possibilities. Bigelow I would count next, because it's narrow summits are all exposed rock with the rocky Appalachian Trail crossing its length. I love the rounded summit of Saddleback with its views across acres of open rock.
Baldpate is probably the summit I've climbed to the most, because when our four bread snappers were young enough to do family stuff we lived about 40 miles from it. Years after my first trip up Baldpate that rises to the north from Grafton Notch I had nightmares about a steep ladder-like trail on its east side. When I finally returned to Baldpate, guess what. No such trail.
I do remember standing on Baldpate's west peak once on a very windy day and watching my slouch hat take off from my own summit. No, I didn't lose it over the side and view it sailing serenely downward. I managed to scramble over and grab it between its first flight and what would have been its next trip to somewhere out there.
I remember back in the days of slides and showing slides of this and that -- remember those days? -- showing a slide of Baldpate and asking the small group viewing the show what peak that was on the screen.
"Baldpate," shouted all four bread snappers in unison, also in boredom from both being on that peak and seeing pictures of it apparently too many times.
The west peak is 3662 feet above seal level and the east peak is 3812.
Does this mean the much lower Acadia mountains are not as much fun or as dramatic? Nope, not at all. The Acadia peaks rise abruptly from the ocean level -- which for some is a very short distance from their bases.
Our family and a neighbor's daughter along with our Labrador Retriever, Candy, once climbed the 546-foot-above (right above)-sea-level Beehive. I, being a conservative family guy, had planned to walk the trail that leads around the Beehive.
But the kids looked up and saw that cliffy hive -- not really a hive but shaped somewhat like one -- with its open cliffs that they could see clearly from below.
"Let's go up that," they demanded.
Candy didn't demand, and to get her up it, we fastened her leash around her belly. My oldest son pulled her from above and my oldest son's oldest dad pushed her from behind. It's amazing how hard a Lab can kick when you're right below her, pushing, and right above the ocean which you think might be your next stop -- the one following your fall from the Beehive cliffs. Parts of that trail require stepping across a couple of feet or so of space to the next rock.
It, like all real mountains can be dangerous, even deadly. A few years ago a Beehive climber looked back at his or her companion to find the companion missing. The fall killed that tourist.
When we gasped our way over the shoulder to the top, we saw hikers heading down.
"Is there another trail down?" I asked in what turned out to not be my dying breath.
"No, this is it," replied one.
Luckily for me, tourist hikers don't always know it all.
"Well, there's going to be (another trail)," I said.
We found it and walked back down the one I had originally planned to follow up to the Bowl, the pond hiding behind the Beehive.
But back to my favorite Acadia climb.
The shortest trail up Bald Peak is from Route 198, which also leads to the two gardens in Northeast Harbor. I mention them in case you're smarter than I am and think strolling in nice gardens is preferable to climbing a bald peak.
The free Island Explorer bus follows Route 198 from June 23 through August 31. The Brown Mountain route buses leave the Bar Harbor Village Green every 90 minutes and go to Northeast Harbor. The route is called Brown mountain, since that part of Mount Desert Island was at one time owned by a man named Brown.
You can leave Route 198 from either the Parkman Mountain carriage road entrance to the park on the left or a couple hundred yards farther south on 198 at the Norumbega Mountain parking lot on the right. The bus will stop on request, wherever the driver thinks is a safe location as the road goes over a fairly steep hilltop providing limited visibility.
From the carriage road entrance, go right onto a carriage road and then left up a hill. A short distance up the hill, bear right or straight ahead, depending on your definition of either direction. You'll have passed the Parkman Mountain trail just ahead of the bearing right or keeping straight, depending on your definition of either direction. That trail will have crossed the carriage road. About a half mile past that trail, the Bald Peak trail will cross the carriage road.
Turn left, uphill. If you turn right, you won't go up Bald Peak, even though downhill makes for easier walking. After turning left, just stay on the trail as it rises through some trees and finally over open boulders and rocks. It's an easy walk -- uphill but easy.
At the top, after gasping and regaining your lost breath during which time you're pretending to admire the scenery, you can head.2 of a mile northeast on a trail to Parkman Mountain or return the way you came.
Or, from the Norumbega parking lot, cross the road and find the trail to Parkman and Bald Peak. It dips down through the woods and then heads up, passing the Parkman trail to the left and bringing you to a left turn onto the Bald Peak trail at.2 mile. You'll know you're at the right left turn because you'll cross the carriage road just after the left turn.
If you want a map, the free Acadia National Park map is sufficient for basically all 150 miles of trails in the park. Or, you can use a Friends of Acadia*** map that shows the heights of all the mountains or a map by Map Adventures LLC (www.mapadventures.com) that shows the distances of all the trails in the park. (You have to buy the latter two maps.)
I used the latter two in writing this, as I wanted peak heights and trail distances. But with the free one, you just follow the trails and you'll find the distances -- so many pants to the north and then about five thousand gasps to the northeast -- all by yourself.
I used the free one during the first two years I walked and climbed the park's trails. These were the years a local paper had asked me to "cover the park" for them because they had heard I was "lost in the woods a lot."
Being lost in the woods a lot ain't bad, if it gives you a chance to be paid for not being lost in the woods while you walk a bunch of trails.
Besides, I was never really lost in the woods -- just turned around a couple of times.
* Norumbega supposedly is an American Indian name meaning "city of gold." The legend, the way I've picked it up here and there, is that the European landholders who owned what is now Acadia National Park and northeast Maine tried to lure poorer folk over to the New World to settle it for them, the landholders. To do so, they told the poor would-be settlers that this part of the New World was rich in gold. At one time, the entire northeast part of Maine was known as Acadia. I forget what "Acadia" means, but I believe it is connected with the British forcing the French living in the area to board ships and be sent to New Orleans or with those French who had been living in the region.
** I tend to use the word "walk" to describe traveling Acadia's trails, because the longest one, the Cadillac South Ridge Trail, is about 3.5 miles long. I've routinely asked walkers and hikers the difference between a walk and a hike and routinely received one of the following responses. A walk is shorter than a hike. Aha. Why didn't I guess that? And, you're hiking if you are wearing hiking shoes or boots and walking if you're wearing walking shoes. A second aha.
*** Friends of Acadia is a nonprofit volunteer group that helps take care of Acadia National Park in many ways. They also donate lots of money for park projects. One of the most visible of those projects is a several-year-old boardwalk that extends north from the Wild Gardens of Acadia on the Jessup Path. The 2,500-foot-long boardwalk is above wetlands. Friends of Acadia bought and paid for the whole thing.
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Before leaving the dock, the Elizabeth Ann's captain, held up a lifejacket for us to see and even strapped it around himself. He explained that should we tip over -- maybe diesel-powered vessels don't tip over like our canoe doesn't because we're careful and cowardly about being in Maine's cold, cold water -- those life jackets would save our lives. I wondered why you just wouldn't hold onto the vessel as we would our canoe in the event it ever tipped over. Probably some Coast Guard rule.
The approximately 150 miles of trails are as varied and scenic as ever, and the Island Explorer buses allow circle hikes. Up one trail and down another. Not yet succumbing to GPS except to find corridor-boundary markers and recording their GPS settings along the Appalachian Trail (150 miles north of Acadia) as a Maine Appalachian Trail Club volunteer, I recommend a map that shows Acadia National Park's trails. The long southern part of Cadillac mountain, which the 3.5-mile South Ridge Trail follows from Route 3 to the summit.
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