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2020-09-12 Adventure in Acadia National Park
|Event Location:||Acadia National Park|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Sep 12 2020 8:00 am >> Sat, Sep 19 2020 8:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Aug 28 2019 7:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Wed, Aug 28 2019 7:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||8 Days|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Bill Wey|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||1|
|Minimum Group Size:||1|
|Number Registered So Far:||1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
<<< Summary >>>
Come join the like-minded adventurers for a weeklong exploration of Acadia National Park. It is located along the rocky coastline of Maine, occupying most of the 108-square mile island of Mount Desert Island and several neighboring smaller islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Mount Desert Island's appeal is the combination of majestic rounded mountain vistas with the nearby ocean and the beautiful forested valleys, streams, and lakes in between.
One of the must do’s when exploring Acadia is to enjoy fresh lobster, clam chowder, and blueberry pie at one of the roadside lobster pounds or restaurants in the area.
This trip will explore Acadia National Park in 8 days and 7 nights. These carefully evaluated and selected daily outings are all among various top 10 lists published by travel experts for Acadia National Park.
<<< Logistics >>>
We’ll meet first thing in the morning from Day 2 to Day 7.
We’ll work out rental car sharing and lodging options once registration and participant list are confirmed.
<<< Itinerary >>>
Day 1: 2020-09-12 Saturday.
Arrive at Acadia National Park in Maine; and check in lodging. This is a good day spending some time explore downtown Bar Harbor shops and attractions; or driving the famous 27 miles Park Loop Road to get an overview.
Day 2: We’ll meet at 8:30 am at Hulls Cove Visitor Center. (8 miles)
Cadillac Mountain. The summit of Cadillac Mountain is one of the "must see" spots in Acadia. It’s the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard.
We'll take South Ridge Trail to the summit. We’ll check out the summit loop trail to find a good spot for lunch; also scouting out the sunrise viewing spot for the week. We'll take North Ridge Trail back to our cars.
This will be a point-to-point one way route. We’ll take 2 routes of free Island Explorer bus (Island Loop and Blackwoods) to get to the starting point. We must be on time. If we miss the bus, then we'll have to wait for 1 more hour for the next bus.
Day 3: We’ll meet at 5:45 am at Cadillac Mountain summit. (9 miles)
Watch sunrise 6:11 am; Beehive Trail, Great Head Trail, Ocean Path Trail, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, and Gorham Mountain.
Catching the sunrise is the absolute must do this week. On a morning with interesting clouds in the sky, the view is spectacular!
We'll watch sunrise at Cadillac Mountain summit. It’s the first place to see the sunrise in America for much of the year. We’ll need to bundle up in warm jacket to watch lights break over Frenchman Bay. We’ll hike down the Cadillac Mountain Summit Loop trail to some less crowded spots for our viewing.
After sunrise we’ll drive 10 miles about 26 minutes to Sand Beach parking lot. We’ll have about 30 minutes for breakfast in the parking lot, and start hiking around 7:30 am.
We’ll cover Beehive Trail (1.6 miles rated strenuous with iron rungs), Great Head Trail, Ocean Path Trail, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, and Gorham Mountain trails.
Day 4: We’ll meet at 8:30 am at Hulls Cove Visitor Center. (18 miles)
Carriage Roads 18 miles: Witch Hole Pond, Eagle Lake, and Jordan Pond Loop.
We have 2 options today: biking or hiking. Bicycle rental shops are available in Bar Harbor, and they can deliver to any starting point.
Carriage Roads are wide and nicely graveled for us to explore. No cars are allowed on them. It’s a great way to visit park’s major sites from Carriage Roads network.
Jordan Pond House, rated one of the best restaurants in any national park, is conveniently located on the south side of the pond and offers up excellent views of the Bubbles (South Bubble Mountain and North Bubble Mountain) across the water. We’ll make lunch reservation for our group.
Day 5: We'll meet at 5:45 am at Cadillac Mountain summit. (12 miles)
Watch sunrise 6:13 am
Precipice Trail (1 mile/ 850 feet ascent); rated strenuous with iron rungs.
Acadia Mountain/ Flying Mountain/ St Sauveur Mountain Loop Trail (6 miles); we’ll find a good spot for our lunch break.
Ship Harbor Trail (1.5 miles); Wonderland Trail (1.5 miles);
Dinner at Thurston’s Lobster Pound at address: 9 Thurston Rd, Bernard, ME 04612.
After dinner: Bass Harbor Lighthouse Trail (1.5 miles) to enjoy the famous sunset at 6:40 pm. This is one of the iconic light houses in Maine.
Day 6: We’ll meet at 8:00 am at Jordan Pond parking lot. This parking lot fills up quickly. (14 miles)
Jordan Pond Path, South Bubble, Eagle Lake, Corners Nubble, North Bubble Trails (7.5 miles).
We’ll have lunch at the famous Jordan Pond House. We’ll make lunch reservation for our group.
After lunch: Pemetic Mountain (6.5 miles) by Pemetic South Ridge Trail, Pemetic North Ridge Trail, and Carriage Roads.
Day 7: We’ll meet at 9:00 am at Sargent Mountain Trailhead. (12 miles)
Sargent Mountain and Penobscot Mountain (9 miles) including Cedar Swamp Mountain, The Amphitheater, Mitchell Hill, Penobscot Mountain, Sargent Mountain, Gilmore Peak, Parkman Mountain, and Bald Peak.
We’ll also visit Hemlock Bridge, Waterfall Bridge, Amphitheater Bridge, and Little Harbor Brook Bridge.
Hunters Beach Trail: A trip to Acadia National Park would not be complete without hiking to one of Mount Desert Island's cobblestone beaches. Located on the southern coast of the east side of the island, Hunters Beach is a beautiful cove covered with ocean-tumbled rocks and a babbling brook flowing through the rocks into the ocean.
Day 8: Take flight back to home town.
<<< Difficulty Level >>>
Our outings will be at the AOC’s D3 and D4 difficulty levels ranging from 8 to 18 miles, and 1,000 to 2,400 feet of elevation gain. The continuous nature of daily outings requires all participants to be physically prepared and trained before taking this trip. It is also perfectly okay if you want to skip a day to rest, or explore some of the popular areas on your own.
<<< How to get there >>>
There are 4 different airports to choose to go to Acadia National Park. It is all about getting the balance of favorable airline ticket price and driving distance to reach Acadia NP.
<<< How to sign up >>>
This web page is designed so that you can only put yourself on the waiting list. Once you’re verified to be suitable for this trip, you will be moved to the participant list.
This is not an AOC paid event. All costs (transportation, lodging, meals & drinks) are paid by members on their own.
Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.
We will stay in the area not too far from Acadia NP as our home base. The popular Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, and Southwest Harbor have many choices. Plenty of options are available between Ellsworth and Trenton on the mainland.
VRBO and Airbnb are popular sites among many others to compare, search, and book for lodging. There are also camping and lodging options inside the park provided by National Park Service.
September temperatures in Acadia National Park are averaging from 50 to 70F.
There are numerous restaurants and grocery stores in the area to choose.
Walmart Supercenter: 17 Myrick St, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Hannaford Supermarket: 86 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.