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Acadia Mountain Trail

  View from Acadia Mountain
Says Kevin Corcoran

Sargent Mt. from Acadia Mt
Says Kevin Corcoran

Acadia is a scenic little peak located just west of Somes Sound in Acadia National Park. There are at least three different trailheads that provide access to Acadia Mountain. The starting point that I'm describing here is from Fernald Point Road, which also is the access point to Flying Mountain. In fact, the hike I'm describing here first takes
    the hiker over Flying Mountain, followed by Acadia Mountain, St. Sauveur Mountain and Valley Peak. This constitutes a lovely 5. 7-mile loop in the quieter western side of Acadia National Park.

The trailhead off the north side
of Fernald Point Road can be found about 9/10 of a mile east of its intersection with Route 102, approximately 1/2 mile north of the scenic little fishing village of Southwest Harbor.

The trail begins off the southeast corner of the little parking lot that provides access to the Valley Cove Fire Road in addition to Flying Mountain, and Acadia Mountain.

After only 3/10 of a mile the hiker tops Flying Mountain (trail described separately). The trail
then descends to the north approximately 6/10 of a mile to the northern terminus of Valley Cove Fire Road, where one can turn left (south) and head back to the parking lot. Continuing straight for another 1/10 of a mile the hiker breaks out of the woods and is greeted by the picturesque Valley Cove, within the fjord known as Somes Sound. Hikers get slowed down considerably here as you have to negotiate over and up jumbles of large boulders that mark the western side of Valley Cove. After about 4/10 of a mile of rock hopping and scrambling on the steep side slope, the trail dives back into the woods for another 1/2 mile or so, where you come to a four-way trail junction. To continue to Acadia Mountain, take a right at this junction and head north. The easternmost peak of Acadia, referred to as Robinson Mountain on some maps, is topped after another 7/10 of a mile. The last 2/10 of a mile of this trail are very scenic, as the hiker rises above the trees and surrounding terrain to get wonderful views to the east, south and west.

From the easternmost peak of Acadia, Beech Mountain, with its fire tower, is easily seen to the west. Somes Sound stretches out to the south, leading your eye to the Cranberry Islands and the Atlantic Ocean. Immediately east of Somes Sound is the long-profile of Norumbega Mountain. Sargent Mountain, the 2nd highest peak in Acadia National Park, dominates the view to the east, beyond Norumbega.

Now the hiker continues west and follows the ridge of the mountain to the true peak of Acadia Mountain, just 3/10 of a mile beyond the easternmost peak. The view from the true peak isn't as spectacular as the view from the easternmost peak, but you're still taking in an impressive vista, with Beech Mountain now being closer and Blue Hill Bay beckoning beyond and to the left (south) of Beech.

At this point the hiker can return the way he/she came, with alternatives at the four-way junction described previously. Or more pleasantly the hiker can continue the loop over St. Sauveur Mountain and Valley Peak to complete the loop.

Of the four peaks that comprise this loop, Acadia Mountain unquestionably provides the prettiest view.
Says Kevin Corcoran





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 Trails Near Acadia Mountain Trail:
Saint Sauveur Mountain Trail, Hancock County , 1 miles away
Valley Peak Trail, Hancock County , 1 miles away
Flying Mountain Trail, Hancock County , 1 miles away
Bald Peak Trail, Hancock County , 2 miles away
Beech Mountain West Ridge Trail, Hancock County , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Acadia Mountain Trail:
Smuggler's Den Campground, Southwest Harbor , 1 miles away
Camp Store, Mount Desert , 2 miles away
Mt Desert Campground, Mount Desert , 2 miles away
Mount Desert Campground, Hancock County , 2 miles away
White Birches Campground, Southwest Harbor , 3 miles away
 Whitewater Near Acadia Mountain Trail:
Union River, Hancock County , 15 miles away, Class I-II - 0.5 miles long (Ellsworth Falls to Ellsworth)
Blue Hill Falls, Hancock County , 17 miles away, Class III - 1 miles long (Route 175 - Tidal Reversing Falls)
Branch Lake Stream, Hancock County , 18 miles away, Class III-V - 4 miles long (Branch Lake to Infant Street in Ellsworth)
Tannery Brook River, Hancock County , 22 miles away, Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 180 to Graham Lake)
Narramissic River, Hancock County , 27 miles away, Class II - 16.3 miles long (Denham to Alamoosook Lake)
 Public Lands Near Acadia Mountain Trail:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 8 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 8 miles away
Lamoine State Park, Maine , 7 miles away
Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park, Maine , 33 miles away
Fort Point State Park, Maine , 35 miles away
 Hotels Near Acadia Mountain Trail:
Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast, Northeast Harbor , 3 miles away
Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor , 3 miles away
Bar Harbor Villager Motel, Bar Harbor , 4 miles away
Best Western Acadia Park Inn, Bar Harbor , 6 miles away
Days Inn Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Acadia Mountain Trail
Morancy Pond, Hancock County , 17 miles away
Jones Pond, Hancock County , 17 miles away

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