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Winter Hike in Acadia National Park

02/04/2014

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A little ice on the trail wasn’t going to stop us from a winter hike.

Jen and I drove out to Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island in the heart of Acadia National Park last Saturday. We spent a sunny and cool afternoon on a hike up Flying Mountain and then down, down, down to Valley Cove and Somes Sound.

We didn’t get much snow in January but the trail was slippery on both the climb up the mountain and down to the cove. It was treacherous in some spots. Ice bubbles out of the rocky ground like thick, clear cake frosting. Our IceTrekker boot cleats saved the day.

Flying Mountain features a grand view of  Great Cranberry Island and the Atlantic Ocean. Lots of deserted summer homes and mansions with brown grass and long, empty docks hug the shoreline waiting for warm weather and big boats. Seagulls, ducks and other hearty birds honk and quack and look  like salt and pepper in the water.

Down in Valley Cove all is quiet save for a trickle of water pushing through a flat iceberg which surely turns into a rushing stream in the spring. A wall of evergreen surrounds us. I found a yellow, pink and white lobster buoy in a fallen tree on the bank.

It was nice enough to eat lunch on a rock down by the water… but we left our sandwiches and pretzels back in the truck.

The trail back to the parking lot was flat and coated with a thin, crunchy layer of snow, just so we wouldn’t forget it was winter.

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One Comment
  1. “thick, clear cake frosting” – 🙂 Great post!

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