My favorite Acadia hike


After a great lunch at EPI in Bar Harbor and a visit to the cannons on the harbor lawn, we drove the short distance to the top of Cadillac to begin the 2011 hiking season with a brief wander along what is probably my favorite hike in Acadia… the South Ridge of Cadillac Mountain.

Not knowing how wet the lower part of the trail would be at this time of year, we decided to park at the Blue Hill overlook and hop onto the top of the trail heading down toward Blackwoods. Greeted by a stiff breeze and bright sunshine, we only explored about a mile or so down the ridge before settling in behind some large rocks to get out of the wind and enjoy the view.

The terrain on the upper part of this trail is pretty easy to navigate and on a clear day like today offers some of the best views of Acadia that you can imagine. The Cranberry Islands off in the distance absolutely sparkled in the afternoon sun, and the striking glacial erratics strewn across the landscape kept me busy with the camera. I am making plans to come back to this trail when the sun isn’t yet up, and I also have some ideas bubbling for incorporating the available elements into night photography.

On the drive home we worked toward finishing the 870 page “Order of the Phoenix” and then jammyed up after dinner to watch the movie. When going to bed, Jack wanted to start reading “The Half-Blood Prince” right away, but we persuaded him that maybe we should take a short break from the Harry Potter series and read something else… phew!

All in all… a pretty good day 🙂


4 thoughts on “My favorite Acadia hike

  1. You do Acadia proud! And EPIs is one of our favorite places to grab a sandwich before a nice hike. Yesterday was full of such glorious sunshine. That pic of Jack on the cannon couldn’t be cuter! ~Lili

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Lili. When Sam was younger (now a freshman in college), he loved climbing on the cannons every time we visited Bar Harbor, and when Jack came along he took great pride in showing them to his little brother… now it has become Jack’s ritual. It isn’t easy to find a good steak and cheese this far north and east from Philadelphia, but the aptly named “Cadillac” at EPI isn’t too shabby!

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