Day Mountain Trail

Cranberry Isles, Maine

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Day Mountain, elevation gain 583 feet, round trip 1.5 miles. At first glance, it’s easy to discount this little hike up a little mountain. But you’d be wrong to do so. A short walk on this trail through winter-white woods will take you to an eagle’s-eye perch looking across the rocky Maine coast and the wildly cold blue waters of the Atlantic. There’s a hiking trail that runs up the south side and down the north, hooking up with a carriage road to complete a loop. There’s a carriage road-popular with cross-country skiers-that runs up and back down from Day Mountain’s scenic summit. And there’s a carriage road that circles the perimeter. We like to take the hiking trail up and carriage road back down (or vice versa), leaving us plenty of time to poke around the Seal Harbor General Store. Better idea; stop at the store first to stock up on gourmet picnic items, including fresh-made sandwiches, cookies, and fruit to take with you on your hike. We nearly always make another stop here on our return, to browse the general store’s expansive wine section-offering one of the best selections on the island.
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

Day Mountain, elevation gain 583 feet, round trip 1.5 miles. At first glance, it’s easy to discount this little hike up a little mountain. But you’d be wrong to do so. A short walk on this trail through winter-white woods will take you to an eagle’s-eye perch looking across the rocky Maine coast and the wildly cold blue waters of the Atlantic.

There’s a hiking trail that runs up the south side and down the north, hooking up with a carriage road to complete a loop. There’s a carriage road-popular with cross-country skiers-that runs up and back down from Day Mountain’s scenic summit. And there’s a carriage road that circles the perimeter. We like to take the hiking trail up and carriage road back down (or vice versa), leaving us plenty of time to poke around the Seal Harbor General Store. Better idea; stop at the store first to stock up on gourmet picnic items, including fresh-made sandwiches, cookies, and fruit to take with you on your hike. We nearly always make another stop here on our return, to browse the general store’s expansive wine section-offering one of the best selections on the island.

©  Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Cranberry Isles
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 333 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Day Mountain Trail

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