Fall in Acadia

Connors Nubble views 2 (1 of 1)
View of hillside from Connors Nubble

The call of the loon

Climbs through the rainbow valley

Finding me trail side.

With my time at Acadia National Park ending shortly, my time off is now filled with a sense of urgency.  It’s the same feeling one experiences on that last day of vacation.  I have grown to love the feel and sound of Acadia.  I’m minutes from the ocean cliffs and steep, rocky mountain summits.  How could one feel anything but blessed to have had the opportunity to enjoy close to six months here on this island paradise?!  Running down my bucket list for Acadia, I planned my recent days off meticulously.  I identified where I was most likely to see sweeping vistas of fall color as my first priority.  And then, I organized my time on “Sunday” to catch a ride on the Margaret Todd schooner out of Bar Harbor and tour Frenchman Bay.

I planned a couple of hikes to kick off my free time.  On Sunday after work, I enjoyed an early evening trek to the summit of Gorham Mountain and caught a pre-sunset vista filled with exploding Fall color.

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Blueberries showing their fall colors on Gorham Mountain
Gorham Mountain ocean view (1 of 1)
Looking down towards the ocean from Gorham Mountain – wow!
Gorham Mountain Sand Beach view (1 of 1)
Sand Beach in the distance
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Gorham Mountain trail

 

Bee Hive from Gorham (1 of 1)
Looking towards the Bee Hive from Gorham Mt. trail
Champlain Mountain (1 of 1)
Champlain Mountain

On my “Saturday,” the weather forecast called for partly cloudy skies which I thought would be ideal for photographing fall color.  There is a small, out-of-the-way knoll above Eagle Lake called Connors Nubble.  I’ve never ventured to this summit so it became my destination.  Planning my route carefully, I chose to walk some trails I have not traveled and complete a loop that brought me over North Bubble – another summit I’ve missed to date.  I parked on the loop road just northwest of the Jordan Pond boat launch parking area.  There is a trail from here leading down to the Jordan Pond Path.  I hiked around Jordan Pond, picked up the Jordan Pond Carry Path to the carriage road around Eagle Lake.  From there, I headed towards the east and caught up with the short, steep scramble up to Connors Nubble.

Connors Nubble views (1 of 1)
Eagle Lake from Connors Nubble
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Blueberries!

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Eagle Lake

Backtracking down to the carriage road, I crossed over and climbed the trail to the summit of North Bubble.  The views of Jordan Pond were spectacular!

North Ridge Bubble Trail Overlooking Eagle Lake (1 of 1)
View of Eagle Lake from the North Bubble Trail
North Ridge Bubble Trail Overlooking Eagle Lake 2 (1 of 1)
This is the spot where I heard the loon call rising up from Eagle Lake!
View from North Bubble Rock towards Jordan Pond (1 of 1)
Summit of North Bubble looking at Jordan Pond
View from North Bubble Rock towards Jordan Pond 2 (1 of 1)
Another view of Jordan Pond on my descent from North Bubble – glacial erratics in the foreground!

I traversed from there over to the South Bubble summit for some awesome shots of Bubble Rock against a stunning backdrop of flaming colors.

Bubble Rock Fall Foliage (1 of 1)
Bubble Rock

Dropping back down to Jordan Pond from Bubble Rock, I was able to snare some great shots from the Jordan Pond Trail.

Jordan Pond foliage 2 (1 of 1)Jordan Pond foliage 4 (1 of 1)Maple on Jordan Pond (1 of 1)

 

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