Schoodic Head Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A hike from a rocky, windswept shoreline to a mountaintop on the end of Schoodic Peninsula. The views of Frenchman Bay and the rugged shoreline of Schoodic Point are well worth the short but steep hike to the summit. Schoodic Point is renowned for its stark shores and amazing surf. A day when the wind blows onshore is best to view this and an incoming tide. General location: In the section of Acadia National Park on the tip of Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland south of Winter Harbor in Hancock County."
--Tom Seymour, Hiking Maine (Falcon Guides).
"A series of four short trails go up and around the distinctive Schoodic Head, allowing for a variety of loop or out-and-back hikes.The loop described here includes the Alder, Schoodic Head, and Anvil Trails, with options to loop down the East Trail or explore the new privately owned, park-run Schoodic Woods campground.The loop starts easily on the grassy and lush Alder Trail and then goes to rugged Schoodic Head and the knob known as the Anvil. At 0.6 mile the Alder Trail ends at a gravel road. Turn left (northwest) onto the road. At 0.7 mile turn right (northeast) onto the Schoodic Head Trail, ascending steeply at times. At 1.1 miles reach an open ledge with dramatic vistas to the west to faraway Mount Desert Island and Cadillac Mountain, Frenchman Bay, the Porcupine Islands, and Egg Rock and its lighthouse."
--Dolores Kong & Dan Ring, Hiking Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides).
Possibly the most beautiful views of any hike I've taken. I went up the Schoodic Head trail, across from the Blueberry Hill parking lot, and came down the Anvil trail. About a 2-3 hour hike, with awesome scenery both up and down. There is a lot of scrambling over rocks, and a few steep ascents/ descents, so wear good hiking shoes.
This trail is a gem! The short climb through shaded woods and a few steepish pitches pays off in a panoramic downeast view including the Petit Manan lighthouse spire off Dyer Neck. We took the East trail, which wastes no time ascending from the parking area across the street. The best.
You'll want good shoes, and don't let little kids run ahead, but there are some wonderful fews on this trail, as well as some fine mossy forest. (Aside: check out Bunker's Wharf restaurant on your way out of the Park; it's excellent).
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