Champlain North and South Ridge Trails Bear Brook Trail

Bar Harbor, Maine

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Enjoy expansive views from the summit of Champlain Mountain and all along the open ridge, the closest to the ocean of all of Acadia’s ridges. At the southern end of the ridge, you may get glimpses of a great blue heron or turkey vulture soaring over a mountain pond known as the Bowl. On the Champlain ridge early one morning, a blanket of fog rolled in and enveloped the Porcupine Islands in the space of a few minutes. Amazingly, the ridgetop trail continued to be bathed in sunshine as the foghorns sounded their warnings below. Another time, we started a late-afternoon walk under sunny skies, but by the time we got to the summit a mile away, strong rain forced us to put on full storm gear from head to toe.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

Enjoy expansive views from the summit of Champlain Mountain and all along the open ridge, the closest to the ocean of all of Acadia’s ridges. At the southern end of the ridge, you may get glimpses of a great blue heron or turkey vulture soaring over a mountain pond known as the Bowl.

On the Champlain ridge early one morning, a blanket of fog rolled in and enveloped the Porcupine Islands in the space of a few minutes. Amazingly, the ridgetop trail continued to be bathed in sunshine as the foghorns sounded their warnings below. Another time, we started a late-afternoon walk under sunny skies, but by the time we got to the summit a mile away, strong rain forced us to put on full storm gear from head to toe.

© 2016 Dolores Kong & Dan Ring/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Champlain North and South Ridge Trails (Bear Brook Trail)

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