This is a wonderful excursion offering views of the only fjord in eastern US, Somes Sound. You will be hiking the only mountain ridge within Acadia that runs east-west versus north-south. Begin the trail across the road from the Acadia Mountain parking lot off SRs 102 / 198. Be prepared for an immediate ascension, however, switchbacks ease the climb. Follow the steps and cairns. This trail weaves around several times then crosses over an old vehicle road heading into a pine and mixed hardwood forest. You'll have to negotiate several narrow passageways and ledges. This scenario repeats itself several times over. Be sure to notice the thin-soiled blueberry bushes and the short scrub oak along this windswept trail. Scrub oak are usually found much far south in areas such as the remote False Cape State Park and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge found in southern Virginia. Also note the lichen-covered rock outcroppings. Shortly, you will come upon an opening offering breath taking views of Echo Lake. This popular Acadia attraction is known for boating, swimming, picnicking and fishing opportunities. It is a 2 mile long crystal clear lake and is a wonder to see from this high point. As you climb you will see glorious views of Somes Sound. After spending time enjoying the view, continue to the east summit where you will descend sharply on the trail. Bear right and be sure to follow the cairns. Near the bottom of Acadia Mountain Trail, you will see a spur trail of only 100 yards which leads to a beautiful cascading falls along Man-of-War Brook. To finish the loop trail, follow the old truck road. To extend your hike, take the Valley Cove Trail and Flying Mountain Trails just before the junction of Man-of-War Brook and Acadia Mountain Trail. This will lengthen the journey by 2.3 miles.
Directions: From Trenton, ME, Travel over the causeway on SRs 3, 102 and 198. Bear right staying on SRs 102 and 198. Travel through Town Hill and then on through Somesville. Travel another 3 miles and you will see Echo Lake on your right. Park in the Acadia Mountain parking lot.
Elevation: 681 feet
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- This hike offers panoramic views of Somes Sound and the village of Southwest Harbor.
Family Review of Acadia Mountain Trail
- Although this trail is only 2.5 miles round trip, don't be fooled; it's rated strenuous and has steep terrain.
- Great views of Somes Sound.
- Best for families with some hiking experience.
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