One of the most spectacular sections of the Maine coastline can be found in the Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land just east of Machias. This unspoiled landscape and incredible ocean views can be experienced after a short hike through a typical Maine spruce forest, and is a great place to enjoy some of Maine’s interesting flora, fauna, and geology. Sam, Jack and I recently had an opportunity to briefly explore this area, and although we didn’t get to spend a lot of time there, we did get enough of a taste to want to return.
Lots of bunchberry and lush green ferns were blooming all along the gentle trail, and the dense overhead canopy provided much appreciated shade on what was a relatively hot afternoon. Despite hearing (fictional and exaggerated) stories of how bears usually grab the lead hiker, Jack fearlessly blazed the mile or so trail that led through the woods to the ocean. As we neared the edge of the land, we could hear the Atlantic waves crashing on shore, and we could feel the temperature drop as a very welcome cool breeze washed over us.
We spent a few minutes marveling at the coastline view, noticing what looked like “almost-secret” little pocket coves of rounded boulders dotted along this incredibly beautiful stretch of shoreline. The towering and imposing cliffs protecting the land were somewhat darker in color – and much more rugged – than the warm, pink granite found further south in Acadia.
Although we would love to have explored further along the coast, due to the warm temperatures and potential for a long walk back, we decided to save that for another day. This is a remote and stark landscape that relatively few people probably get to see, and one that I will definitely return to with my camera, especially since first light would likely do a number on those remarkable east-facing cliffs. Can you imagine what this landscape would look like at first light?