View Full Version : Four Summits On the Quiet Side of Mt. Desert Island 6/8/10

Jimmy Legs and Little d
06-17-2010, 08:56 PM
After hiking Cadillac Mountain, we were looking to hike where the trails are much less traveled. Upon checking our map, we discovered a loop that would take us over 4 summits on the quiet side of Acadia ; 2 (Valley Peak and Flying Mountain) of which we had not hiked before.
Arriving at the trailhead for Acadia Mountain, at 10:40 am, we began the loop clockwise heading for St. Sauveur Mountain.

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Fine views of Somes Sound and neighboring islands came into view.

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Our next destination, Valley Peak, seemed to take no time at all to reach.

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Continuing on we reached Flying Mountain and were awarded more outstanding views.

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Along the beach at Valley Cove we came upon 2 hikers from Portland Maine, who inquired what city we were from. When we told them Baltimore, they immediately asked if we had watched The Wire; that was there impression of Baltimore. For those of you not familiar with the show it was a HBO series that took place in Baltimore revolving around drugs and political corruption in the city.

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The trail to this point had been easy but became a little more challenging from this point on.

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Arriving at Acadia Mountain a little before 4 pm we came across the only other people of the day; a couple of avid New England hikers from N. Conway, NH; Earl (who is 84 years young) and his wife Linda.

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As we said our goodbyes, the skies gave way to a quick shower hastening our departure down the mountain and back to our car.

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It was a delightful six mile loop on the ?quiet side? of Acadia National Park.:)

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Donna and Mike

Snow Miser
06-18-2010, 07:35 PM
Another very nice TR and photos! That must have been great to chat with the 84 year young man and his wife. I bet they could tell many good hiking stories.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
06-21-2010, 09:43 AM
Thanks Bob. We actually ran into the couple in town the next day and continued our conversations. We hope to hike to at least 75.:D