We started at the extreme left, followed the trail over Gorham Mountain, then on to Champlain Mountain at the extreme right, before returning via Sand Bay

Acadia National Park,
(5.7 miles, 1,200' ascent)
14th October 2015

Although these hills do not aspire to any great elevation, the proximity to the ocean and the spectacular granite “pavements” to walk on make a visit to the region very special, particularly in the fall when we were there.

Starting the walk
Gorham Mountain summit

The only entry option to the park was to buy a 7 day pass. What a shame we are only here for the day! Having negotiated the road system and found the appropriate car park we set off on our hike to Gorham Mountain. The path passed through lovely trees, many of which were turning yellow, orange and red, made bright in the sunshine.

Soon, our jerseys were stowed away in the back packs as with the sunshine and exercise we had warmed up. Reaching the summit of Gorham Mountain at just 525' above sea level without too much effort we continued to The Bowl, a pretty lake in a hollow between surrounding ridges.

Looking towards "The Beehive"
The Bowl with Champlain Mountain beyond
A cruise ship in Bar Harbor

After a quick snack we followed the ridge up onto Champlain Mountain which seemed the best route to take. Following blue markers and little cairns, the path worked its way through areas of granite boulders and stretches of wide pink granite pavements to the summit at 1,070' which opened up expansive views all around.

We stopped to enjoy our lunch and much needed water, then followed the trail back down to the Bowl and on down to Sand Beach. Some of the routes around here are designated via feratas, but the route that we took only required just a little bit of mild scrambling.

Arriving at Sand Beach we could hear the waves breaking before seeing them. The rolling surf was irresistible and we paddled in the shallows. It was very cold but refreshing! This was followed by a brisk hike along the Ocean walk which took us back to the car.

South from Champlain Mountain, with The Bowl in the middle distance and Gorham Mountain beyond
Sand Bay