Western Mountain Connector Professional Reviews and Guides
"Western Mountain is a group of mountains that includes Mansell and Bernard Mountains and Knight Nubble between them. The mountain is on the west side of Mount Desert Island—often called the “quiet side” by locals.
The hike climbs all three peaks with fine views of the coastal islands and surrounding country. The hike can be lengthened or shortened, but however you do this hike it will involve steep climbing and descents and plenty of solitude."
--Greg Westrich, Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"Mansell Mountain, Knight Knubble, and Bernard Mountain are the westernmost peaks on Mount Desert Island. Not as barren and rocky as other Acadia mountains, this cluster (combined, they form Western Mountain) is more noteworthy for the thick spruce-fir forests that cover its slopes. This area is also one of the quieter sections of the park, and with numerous trails crisscrossing the landscape it is a location ripe for loop hikers. From the pumping station one can choose 3-mile adventures, trips exceeding 7 miles, as well as this 4.9-mile traverse of the range. Whatever the choice, be prepared for well-constructed trails, dense mountain forests, and quaint scenic vistas."
--Jeffrey Romano, Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast (The Mountaineers Books).
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