Sam’s home from college for the summer, and needless to say, everyone around here is happy about that. He has a summer job as an intern for one of the Maine US Senators, so we are all looking forward to having him around. Before he starts work though, he and I tackled one of our favorite Acadia hikes… Sargent and Penobscot Mountains.
Sargent Mountain is 1,373 ft tall, and depending on the route you take to the top, part of the climb can be quite a scramble. We started out on the trail that hugs the shore of Jordan Pond, much of which consists of a man-made boardwalk. The mile or so we walked on this part of the hike was refreshingly cool, and we enjoyed the intermittent peeks of the water and the Bubbles at the end of the pond. The Deer Brook Trail took us to the East Cliffs Trail, and from there we rather quickly scrambled to the top of Sargent Mountain – Sam quicker than me obviously.
The last time we did this hike we were socked in with dense and damp fog, so it was nice on this occasion to be able to enjoy the traditional and spectacular Acadia mountain 360 degree views. We enjoyed lunch at the Sargent Mountain Pond, and we then climbed back up to the summit of Penobscot Mountain (1,193 ft), before beginning the long slow descent along the south-facing ridge. The views were amazing, and it was GREAT to be back on the mountains of Acadia.