Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 21

Valley Trail Beech Mountain (1 of 1)
Valley Trail near Beech Mountain

Enchanting forest

With cascading rock gardens

Of soft moss and ferns 

~ Lynn Thomas Amber

That pretty much describes the Valley Trail that leads from the Beech Mountain parking lot and defines the first leg of a clockwise loop hike up and over Beech Mountain.  I love this mile-long hike along Valley Trail through large moss and fern- covered rocks and cliff faces.  I feel like I’m walking through an enchanted forest – a modern day Forest of Fangorn and would not be surprised to hear the Ents – shepherds of the forest – start talking to me!  I expected fairy-like creatures to emerge at any moment from behind the rocks to guide me along the path! 🙂

It was windy at the summit of Beech Mountain. And, in the distance, localized rain clouds were visible.  I did not linger long at the top – and it was a very gusty descent down the ridge trail to the parking lot.  The views of Long Pond were just as magnificent as ever – wind and all.

Beech Mountain 2 (1 of 1)
Looking towards the Cranberry Islands from Beech Mountain Fire Tower
Beech Mountain 1 (1 of 1)
View of Long Pond descending Beech Mountain


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