Hiking in Acadia
Right in your own back yard! An easy walk from the Saltair Inn to the summit, Bar Island is accessible via the sand bar for about 4 hours each day, 2 hours before and 2 hours after low tide. Enjoy beautiful views of the harbor and the village from the rock outcropping at the summit. Be sure to check the tide chart in the foyer.
Cadillac Mt. West Face
The most difficult route to the top of the island's highest peak, the West Face of Cadillac Mountain is a great way to burn off the calories you consumed during breakfast. You'll enjoy beautiful views of Bubble Pond during your ascent of approximately 1,000 feet over the first 1/2 mile of this trail.
Giant Slide Trail
Rising alongside Sargent Brook and peaking at the 1,373 foot summit of Sargent Mountain (second in elevation only to Cadillac Mountain), the Giant Slide Trail is great mountain hiking. Take a map because several trails up Sargent Mt provide plenty of opportunities for exploration, or to get lost.
An awesome hike that follows a creak bed between two of the highest peaks on Mt Desert Island, Cadillac and Dorr Mountains. Views of Bar Harbor, Otter Cove and the two aforementioned peaks are breathtaking from "the Notch", a trail junction 1-1/2 miles into the hike. Choose a peak to finish your hike and return to the Loop Rd by the North Ridge Trail.
Take the spur trail at Cadillac Cliffs past an ancient sea cave for an extra little challenge, otherwise Gorham Mountain is only a moderately difficult hike. Double back, or descend via the Bowl Trail past the base of Beehive and the Ocean Trail along the Park Loop Road back to the parking area.
Great Head Trail
This is one of our favorites! On the easy side of moderate, this hike leads from Sand Beach to the 145 foot summit and a bounty of beautiful pink granite cliffs. You can carefully make your way down the ledge to explore the tidepools and get an up-close look at the waves crashing on the rocky coast. (Slippery when wet)
Less than a mile long, the trail to Hunter's Beach is a peaceful walk through the woods and along a brook. The beach itself consists of millions of small, colorful granite cobbles worn smooth by the crashing surf. Pack a lunch and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of Hunter's Beach.
Maybe the best hike in Acadia, but not for the faint of heart. A strenuous and challenging trail to the summit of Champlain Mt, climbing the Precipice requires the use of iron rungs drilled into the cliff's face. The trail is typically closed from April to mid-August for protection of nesting peregrine falcons.
Located across Frenchman Bay in another section of Acadia National Park, Schoodic is a little more than an hour's drive (less by way of the Winter Harbor Ferry) from Bar Harbor. Beautiful views can be enjoyed from the rocky coast or one of the four trails, and the waves are consistently impressive.