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Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures
by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)
The hike up and over Norumbega is highly varied. The trail climbs steep granite bedrock, winds through an open scrub pine forest along the summit ridge, and descends through a red pine forest. The hike then winds back to the trailhead along Lower Hadlock Pond, a beautiful section of Hadlock Brook, and through a mixed evergreen forest.
There are fine views in every direction along the summit ridge, taking in a good portion of Mount Desert Island and the island-filled waters to the south. Norumbega’s summit is a long ridge that runs roughly north–south, covered with an open scrub pine forest. The trail winds over bare granite through the gnarled trees. The summit ridge tips gently to the south, making for a long, gradual descent.
Discover Acadia National Park
by Jerry & Marcy Monkman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Take a quick climb to good views of Somes Sound, followed by a visit to the quiet waters of scenic Lower Hadlock Pond.
Hiking Acadia National Park
by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)
This loop, described counterclockwise, heads up the Goat Trail, since it’s better to ascend this short but steep trail at the start than descend it at the end. Walk down along the mountain’s ridge and loop back along the western shore of Lower Hadlock Pond. From 852-foot Norumbega Mountain you get views of Somes Sound close up and of Western Mountain in the distance.Norumbega Mountain parallels the eastern edge of Somes Sound, providing fine views of the waterway and mountains to the west. The toughest part of this hike is at the beginning on the Goat Trail, which definitely earns its name. First built around 1900, this trail brings you up 600 feet in elevation in 0.6 mile. It goes along boulders, open rock ledges, and some steep granite faces. Recent erosion control and rehabilitation by the Acadia trails crew on this stretch means you don’t have to be as goat-like to successfully navigate this trail.
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