A family hike was planned, but as always, deciding just which trail to take amongst the many options in Acadia was the “problem” we faced. Pizza at Rosalie’s in Bar Harbor was already scheduled in as the payoff for dinner, so we knew it was a win-win no matter what trail we decided on!
On this particular day we wanted to try something new… perhaps a trail that we hadn’t explored before. Just recently, Sam and I had hiked up and over the surprisingly impressive Norumbega Mountain, and Lori, Jack and I had also hiked along the side of Norumbega via the Goat Trail toward Lower Hadlock Pond. On both of these hikes each of us had noticed expansive rocky ridges above Upper Hadlock Pond that constituted Parkman and Bald Mountains… so that’s where we decided to go.
The early part of the trail was relatively steep, and after making our way through a typically beautiful Acadia forest, we emerged onto granite ridges that afforded incredible views to the south toward Northeast Harbor and the islands beyond. Giant slabs of granite offered welcome resting places for those who wanted to pause for a while to take a brief break from the hike to enjoy the view.
After summiting Parkman Mountain, we dipped down into a lush and shaded saddle before climbing back up onto the top of Bald Mountain. I couldn’t help but notice how much the terrain reminded me of the high country in Yosemite – other than the lack of an imposing and striking 10,000 ft mountain backdrop! It might not be the high sierra, but the view down the mountain toward Upper and Lower Hadlock Ponds and the islands beyond was pretty cool. Oh yeah… and the pizza at Rosalie’s never tasted better!