Category: Hikes

Isle au Haut Family Time

Spending quality time with family is the thing most precious to me.  It sustains me in a way that is indescribable.   Currently, my two grown children live about as far apart as you can get and still be in the lower forty-eight.  One son…

Acadia’s Uniqueness

As I wind down my second season here on Mount Desert Island at Acadia National Park, I’ve been reflecting on what it is that makes Acadia unique among national parks.  The origin of the early trail system in the park certainly meets that criteria. …

Tuesday Treks: Photo Scavenger Hunt

Throughout the summer, our fee station staff have participated in several monthly “contests” just to make life interesting and to have some fun.  For the month of September, we are engaging in a Photo Scavenger Hunt!  As you can imagine, I jumped right on…

Wednesday Walkabouts: Acadia’s Beachcroft Path

One of my favorite hikes last summer brought me to the summit of Champlain Mountain on the North Ridge trail.  This year, for a little variety, I decided to ascend via one of the other routes up to the summit – the Beachcroft Path. …

Wednesday Walkabouts: Bernard Mountain, Acadia NP

Today I decided to hike some of the “quiet side” trails in Acadia National Park.  I had not really covered any of the trails on the southern side of Long Pond last year and thought I should make up for that this summer. Yesterday…

Wednesday Walkabouts: Acadia

It’s time to start my hiking series and I’ll be posting either on Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s –  titled Tuesday Treks or Wednesday Walkabouts!!  Today was a bright welcome relief after torrential rains yesterday dampened many a spirit including mine.  I had planned on hiking…

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 22

The leaves are really popping out on Mount Desert Island now!  Today, I hiked up to The Triad via the Day Mountain, Triad and Hunter’s Brook Trails.  The forest is definitely coming to life now.  The bright green growth of the tender young leaves…

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 21

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…

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 20

The Jesup Path in Acadia National Park traverses through a unique ecosystem –  incorporating forest,  wetland and meadow habitats all in one small area.  Much of the path is comprised of hemlock and birch forest and a short section includes a boardwalk through the…

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 7

The weather was ideal today for an early morning hike up Pemetic Mountain.  The route I take is best done in May and June before the park shuttle bus starts to run.  I park at the Bubble Pond Parking Lot (which is closed once…