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Best Easy Day Hikes: Acadia National Park
by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)
Intricately laid stone steps lead much of the way to open views along Huguenot Head, on the shoulder of Champlain Mountain. In line with its more than a century-old history, this route’s name is reverting to the original description as a path, rather than a trail, to better characterize its highly constructed nature. It’s a mostly moderate ascent to this hike’s goal, but there’s an option to climb more strenuously for another 0.5 mile to reach the summit of Champlain and its ocean views.
Hiking Acadia National Park
Intricately laid stone steps lead much of the way to open views along Huguenot Head, on the shoulder of Champlain Mountain. In line with its more than century-old history, this route’s name is reverting to the original description as a path, rather than a trail, to better characterize its highly constructed nature. It’s a mostly moderate ascent to Huguenot Head; more strenuous to reach Champlain and its ocean views.
We walked this trail on a cold windy day in October, 2005. We had completed many easy rated hikes during the week, and moved up to a moderate one on that day. Two of the hiking party were afraid of heights, and this was a bit scary. The views were spectacular, but the climb was something else. The steps were nice, but when we continued on to the Mountain summit, it was closer to rock climbing than hiking!! We continue on and made it, although it was questionable at times. We decended on the Bear Brook Trail, which was quite a bit easier than the way we went up the mountain. I probably would not have rated this hike as Moderate to the top of the mountain. I think it was more in the Strenuous catergory (as did all of my hiking party).
This was an incredibly enjoyable hike. The payoff in scenery is almost immediate, as you watch the landscape stretch out ahead. The stepping stones are a marvel! Thank you Mr. Dorr!
We reached the crest of the ridge after less than an hour of climbing, barely winded. This is a great beginner trek to this point.
After rounding the crest, the trail leads back into the woods for a bit, and you get your first glimps of Champlain looming up to the right. Your real work is just starting.
Once you cross a wooded glade, there is a scramble up a pretty steep section of broken bolders. Once cleared, you break onto ledge. From here to the summit, you are traversing smooth granite ledge that in itself can be dangerous if you miss your footing. The day I hiked, it was clear and sunny, but the wind was fierce. I can imagine that section of the hike being particularly treacherous when it is wet or snowy.
Follow the cairns to the signpost, and you are rewarded with an amazing view of Frenchmen's Bay. A far more rewarding climbe than Cadallac, in my opinion, as the summit is not crowded with bus-tourists. Everyone you meet up there, walked it!
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