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Jimmy Legs and Little d
06-09-2009, 08:16 PM
On Monday June 1st we did a 6.3 mile circuit hike from Bubble Pond trail head up the West Face of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.


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Taking the steepest and shortest trail to the summit required an elevation gain of 1,100 feet in one mile, with slippery moss covered rock and spectacular views west towards Sargent mountain.


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Nearing the junction of the West Face trail and the Cadillac South Ridge trail we met four gentlemen coming down who told us that one woman in their party was blown over by the gusty winds. We warned them of the slippery conditions ahead.
Winds along the South Ridge trail were gusting up to 20 - 30 mph. We reached the summit of Cadillac Mountain, where we were greeted by tourists and spectacular views of the ocean.


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Deciding to avoid descending the West Face trail we opted to take the South Ridge trail down to the Pond trail.


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At the junction of to the Pond trail there is a little pond called the Feather bed.


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Descending the Pond trail proved to also be a challenge with loose rock and steep pitches. :eek:


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Here's a picture looking back towards the South ridge of Cadillac Mountain.


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Options at this point were to finish the circuit via Pemetic Mountain trail or the less challenging carriage road. We decided on the more leisurely way (on the carriage road) brushing along side of Bubble Pond and leading us back to our starting point.


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CHRIS
06-09-2009, 08:19 PM
Nice trip report and absolutley beautiful pictures.Looks like you had a perfect hiking day. Thanks for sharing.

mtruman
06-09-2009, 08:41 PM
Awesome! As much as I love the Whites I think Acadia is my favorite place in New England. We've done many of the peaks during our last two trips but have avoided Cadillac due to the huge crowds that drive to the top in August (although I always go at least once for sunrise). Your route is the one that I keep looking at for Cadillac and I think this year we'll brave the summit crowds and do it. Looks like an excellent hike. Thanks for sharing more of you Maine adventure with us.

Bill O
06-09-2009, 08:48 PM
Thanks for sharing. I had no idea it looked like that up there.

We were in Acadia a few years ago and it was foggy they entire time we were there.

Steve M
06-10-2009, 07:28 AM
Very nice. Interesting contrast to the whites having the ocean so close as a major view to the east.

mtruman
06-10-2009, 11:06 AM
Thanks for sharing. I had no idea it looked like that up there.

We were in Acadia a few years ago and it was foggy they entire time we were there.

Bill - if you haven't seen Acadia in good weather you really need to go back. It's one of the most spectacular places on the east coast. Here's my post with photos of our trip last August. We've been at the same campsite the last two years and are back again this year. I've been looking forward to it since the day we came home last year...

http://www.mountwashington.org/forums/showthread.php?t=4109


Very nice. Interesting contrast to the whites having the ocean so close as a major view to the east.

You're so right Steve. You should try to get there on one of your trips north.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
06-12-2009, 11:56 AM
Nice trip report and absolutley beautiful pictures.Looks like you had a perfect hiking day. Thanks for sharing.

Chris, thanks for coming along on our vacation once again.

Donna

Jimmy Legs and Little d
06-12-2009, 12:01 PM
Thanks for sharing. I had no idea it looked like that up there.

We were in Acadia a few years ago and it was foggy they entire time we were there.


Bill,
That means you have to plan a trip to Acadia real soon. Actually our first trip to Bar Harbor years ago was a washout.
Donna

Jimmy Legs and Little d
06-12-2009, 12:05 PM
Very nice. Interesting contrast to the whites having the ocean so close as a major view to the east.

Thanks Steve. That's why we continue to go back to Acadia because of the advantage of having the ocean, rugged coastline and mountains all together.
The Whites are still outstanding though.

Donna

Steve M
06-13-2009, 09:28 PM
How far of a ride is Acadia from North Conway? It could be a great side trip this summer.

mtruman
06-14-2009, 07:48 AM
Unfortunately it's 220 miles and about 4 hours. Of course you could always extend your stay a day or two. You definitely want to spend some some time there once you get there.