Monday, July 13, 2015

Acadia National Park: Cadillac Mountain

The Porcupine Islands from a scenic overlook on the Summit Highway.
I was having a conversation with my Mom on Sunday about our favorite places.
We discussed seashore and mountain places that we had both visited and how she never could decide which she liked better.
Mom now I know why you always liked visiting Maine. It has the best of both, mountains that reach right down to the coastline.

Jordan Pond
We are in Maine on Mount Desert Island in the Acadia National Park.
Saturday we took a drive into the park and to the top of Cadillac Mountain.
There are several hiking trails of moderate to extreme difficulty that we chose not to challenge.
Cadillac Mountain is  1,530 feet high, making it the the tallest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and one of the first places in the United States that sees the sun rise.
The views from the summit are spectacular. It is wonderful sight to look out over the mountain to see Bar Harbor far below, beyond them the Porcupine Islands and far beyond them another mountain range.

Bar harbor and the Porcupine Islands from the summit.
We stopped at several scenic overlooks on the Summit Highway which gave us views of Egg Rock Lighthouse, Jordan Pond, and the Porcupine Islands at low tide.
Rascal and Fred at the top of the world (our part of it anyway)

During low tide a sand bar is exposed that allows you to walk out to bar Island from Bar Harbor. Many people seemed to be enjoying that stroll on Saturday, most of them hunched over looking at the ground in a beach treasure hunters posture. I am not sure whether they gathered shells, beach glass or Mussels for dinner but they seemed to be having a good time.

Hikers cairn at the summit of Cadillac Mountain.


  1. Acadia's pink granite is so beautiful, Bonnie. We always loved the wide variety of trails to choose from, also. And the park is dog friendly! :)

  2. Jim, Rascal had a great time walking on the summit of Cadillac Mt. But at the end of the day he was one very tired doggie.