Champlain North Ridge Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine

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Champlain North Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 181 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 927 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near Champlain Mountain (elevation 994 feet).
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Champlain North Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 181 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 927 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near Champlain Mountain (elevation 994 feet). This trail connects with the following: Beachcroft Path, Champlain South Ridge Trail and The Precipice Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Acadia National Park
Distance: 1.0
Elevation Gain: 927 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 181 feet
Top Elevation: 1,055 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Champlain North Ridge Trail
Parks: Acadia National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 179/1055 ft
Elevation Start/End: 181/181 ft
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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.

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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.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Acadia National Park

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 times you’ll see the contrast of fog rolling in over Frenchman Bay below and sun shining overhead, or storm clouds streaming in from the west as clear skies still prevail to the east.

On the Champlain North Ridge Trail 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.

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May 2018