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Parkman Mountain Trail

  Identification sign on Parkman's summit
Says Kevin Corcoran

Summit of Parkman as seen from Bald Peak
Says Kevin Corcoran

Parkman Mountain, located in Acadia National Park, is one of a cluster of four open-summit peaks; Parkman, Gilmore, Bald and Sargent. There are a few different approaches to Parkman, with the most popular likely being from the south via the parking area off of Route 3, just north of Upper Hadlock Pond. From Route 3 you
    can get to the top of this terrific little peak after only a 1. 4 mile hike.

I climbed Parkman via a somewhat unorthodox route. I first accessed the Sargent Mountain North Ridge Trail, which climbs the northwest flank of Sargent,
by biking 5. 2 miles from Eagle Lake. I started the bike ride at the parking lot on the north side of Route 233, just north of Eagle Lake. The bike ride on this particular carriage road was rather challenging, with several fairly steep, long grades that forced me to walk the bike in a couple of places. Still, the combination of biking and hiking was very enjoyable.

After locking my bike to a tree at the point where the carriage road intersects the Sargent
 
Mountain North Ridge Trail, I ascended the 0. 7 miles to the top of Sargent; the 2nd highest mountain in Acadia. From the top of Sargent, I then tood the Grandgent Trail southwest for 0. 6 miles to reach the top of Gilmore Peak. After taking in the very pretty views from Gilmore, I continued west for 1/2 mile to the summit of Parkman. After getting up Parkman, I scrambled over to Bald Peak, on a neat little trail that is only 1/3 of a mile long, and then returned to Parkman and descended back to the bike trail/carriage road via the trail that climbs the north side of Parkman. This left me with a pleasant 0. 7 mile walk on the bike trail back to my starting point where I retrieved my bicycle. This probably sounds a bit confusing, but looking at a map it all makes sense, and it makes for a superb three hours of hiking over a distance of about three miles. That's correct; four terrific little mountains in three miles of hiking, plus about 11 miles of biking.

The view from the summit of Parkman is beautiful. From Parkman you can easily see all three of the other peaks in this cluster; Sargent, Gilmore and Bald. You also get a very pleasant look at both Upper and Lower Hadlock Ponds, as well as the Atlantic Ocean, only 3 1/2 miles distant. You can also spot the little fishing village of Northeast Harbor, as well as the Harbor itself. Norumbega Mountain, which lies about a mile to the southwest, also catches the hiker's attention.

Whether your goal is to top off Parkman or to make it one of two or more peaks on one trip, you'll be very pleased by the vista from Parkman's summit.
Says Kevin Corcoran



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These outdoors activities are available near Parkman Mountain Trail.
 Trails Near Parkman Mountain Trail:
Bald Peak Trail, Hancock County , 0 miles away
Sargent Mountain Trail, Hancock County , 1 miles away
Conners Nubble Trail, Hancock County , 2 miles away
Acadia Mountain Trail, Hancock County , 2 miles away
Valley Peak Trail, Hancock County , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Parkman Mountain Trail:
Camp Store, Mount Desert , 1 miles away
Mt Desert Campground, Mount Desert , 1 miles away
Mount Desert Campground, Hancock County , 3 miles away
Smuggler's Den Campground, Southwest Harbor , 4 miles away
Seawall Campground, Hancock County , 5 miles away
 Whitewater Near Parkman Mountain Trail:
Union River, Hancock County , 16 miles away, Class I-II - 0.5 miles long (Ellsworth Falls to Ellsworth)
Branch Lake Stream, Hancock County , 19 miles away, Class III-V - 4 miles long (Branch Lake to Infant Street in Ellsworth)
Blue Hill Falls, Hancock County , 19 miles away, Class III - 1 miles long (Route 175 - Tidal Reversing Falls)
Tannery Brook River, Hancock County , 22 miles away, Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 180 to Graham Lake)
Narraguagus River - West Branch, Hancock Washington County , 27 miles away, Class II-III - 14 miles long (Denbow Peat Mine to Sprague Falls 1)
 Public Lands Near Parkman Mountain Trail:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 6 miles away
Maine Acadian Culture, Bar Harbor - ME , 6 miles away
Lamoine State Park, Maine , 6 miles away
Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park, Maine , 35 miles away
Fort Point State Park, Maine , 37 miles away
 Hotels Near Parkman Mountain Trail:
Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor , 2 miles away
Kimball Terrace Inn Northeast, Northeast Harbor , 2 miles away
Highbrook Motel, Bar Harbor , 4 miles away
Harbour Cottage Inn Bed And Breakfast, Southwest Harbor , 4 miles away
BEST WESTERN Acadia Park Inn, Bar Harbor , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Parkman Mountain Trail
Morancy Pond, Hancock County , 15 miles away
Jones Pond, Hancock County , 15 miles away

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