Acadia Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A hike up a mountain along Somes Sound, the only true fjord in the eastern United States. Of all the summits in Acadia National Park, only Acadia Mountain has a ridge that runs from east to west.
Located on the west shore of Somes Sound, Acadia Mountain offers the best possible view of this striking fjord. General location: South of Somesville between Somes Sound and Echo Lake in the west section of Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park."
--Tom Seymour, Hiking Maine (Falcon Guides).
"The hike to 681-foot Acadia Mountain is along one of the older trails in the park and leads to a beautiful outlook of Somes Sound, the only fjord-like feature on the Atlantic coast of the United States, and of nearby mountains such as Norumbega and Beech. Another good option is a short side trip to Man o’ War Brook, named for the French and British warships in the 1700s that came to get drinkable water where the brook cascades into Somes Sound."
--Dolores Kong & Dan Ring, Best Easy Day Hikes: Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides).
"The hike to 681-foot Acadia Mountain follows one of the older trails in the park and leads to a beautiful outlook of Somes Sound and toward nearby Norumbega and Beech Mountains. Another good option is a short side trip to Man -o- War Brook, named for the French and British warships of the 1700s that came to get drinkable water where the brook cascades into Somes Sound."
--Dolores Kong & Dan Ring, Hiking Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides).
"See the only fjord on the East Coast of the United States."
--Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Discover Acadia National Park (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"This hike climbs Acadia and St. Sauveur Mountains on the western shore of Somes Sound. The views from the rocky summits, high above the sound, are among the best in the park. You can make use of other trails on and around the two mountains to either lengthen or shorten the hike. In the valley between the mountains flows Man O’ War Brook, which falls down a rock face into Somes Sound. The brook was named because sailing ships could come close to shore at the brook’s mouth and refill their water barrels. On the south side of St. Sauveur Mountain was a first, short-lived attempt by the French Jesuits to establish a mission in North America. The mission was burned by the English, but the mountain still bears the mission’s name."
--Greg Westrich, Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
This was an amazing hike with breathtaking, rewarding views along the way up and at the top. I gave it 4 stars because the way down is alot of stepping down on rocky terrain, requires lots of balance and ankle support, but anyone who's basically in decent shape can do it. There were lots of families on the trail with kids who made it to the top.
I've hiked this trail twice and combined with the Flying Mountain that intersects with this one you can put together one of the best hikes in Acadia. Views are great and sweeping. The terrain is rocky like most other Acadia trails. Some large boulders to climb but not bad even if you have some fear of heights. Bring you camera and you will not be disappointed.
This was a wonderful hike! The trip down can be a little tricky, but not bad. The hike is well worth the views you will see from the top!
A spectacular trail! It has it all--great bouldering,not technically difficult, fantastic views, exhilerating and you can be back in town for lunch!
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