Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast
A short trail weaves through an illustrative collection of native plant species found on Mount Desert Island. To the left of a small nature center, follow the 0.4-mile path that leads to the Tarn. At the north shore of the small pond, turn left, cross Route 3, and join the Beachcroft Trail as it gradually switchbacks up the steep slope. The footing here consists of a series of flat stones laid out perfectly, one example of the fine stonework and trail maintenance in evidence throughout the park, thanks to many decades of trail stewardship.
Looking back as you ascend, you’ll see below the clear blue waters of the Tarn reflecting the rugged east face of Dorr Mountain. Circling around Huguenot Head, a small peak on the ridge, the 1.1-mile trail descends to a saddle before climbing steeply up rock ledges to the summit of Champlain Mountain. Heading west down the Gorham Mountain Trail, quickly reach the Cadillac Cliffs Trail on the left. This interesting route weaves around a series of rock faces once submerged beneath the sea.