Today we were debating whether to hike the Packman Mountain trail to the biggest waterfall in Bar Harbor with a depth of 40 feet or back to Dorr Mountain for the North trail to the summit and down the South trail. We didn't realize when we first hiked Dorr that there were so many trails all over the mountain. This was exciting to know, however we would like to complete all the trails on Dorr before me move on to the next trail. This may not happen but we will fit it all in before the summer is over. I read there was also a waterfall to see in the gorge and was hoping to cross paths with it, so we chose again to hike Dorr Mountain from the Jesup trail down by the Sieur De Mont monument. The facilities are now open at the Acadia Gardens. A few more weeks and the flowers will all be poking out of the soil and spring to life. We will need to put the Acadia Gardens in our bucket list of things to do spring, summer and fall this year. We headed up Emery Path to the North Ridge Trail to the Summit. Dave's sister Ruth and Alvin her partner came along for the hike today as well.
Going up this trail seemed to me about the same as going up the Kurk Diederich trail we did last week as far as intensity. This was a little steeper part of the mountain though because it seems we did mostly stairs this time verses a few more winding paths on the other trail. It was Ruth's first mountain climb. She was about as excited as I was a few weeks ago. From the Jesup trail we took the Emery trail and saw a lot more of the Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor's side of the Island. We had a few more rock formations to move in and around and tiny caverns not really big enough for an adult but kids would find it fun. Once off the Emery trail we headed along the Schiff trail toward the North ridge side.
when we got to the summit, it was still just as beautiful today as the last time we were here. We decided to descend via the South Ridge trail. We were able to see the Falcon's in flight again this week. I noticed on the way here that the Precipice Trail up Champlain Mountain, is closed due to the Falcon mating. I hear it will be closed until late fall. Part of the danger is that if we were to be climbing the iron bars the Falcons may attack us thinking we were there to harm...and a good chance for falling off the cliff. so closing the trail keeps them safe as well as us. Climbing down Dorr Mt. today it seemed more rock slopes and scrambling down steep pitches then the steps in the beginning but it turned into trail and steps closer to the base and gradually into a dirt path. I was hoping to hit the small waterfall on the way down the Cannon Brook Trail but must have turned left a bit before it. Not sure how much before it we turned so will need to come back to find it. On the way down the mountain and at the base we followed rocky boulder paths which lead to a beaver pond, beaver house, a boardwalk path then the hike lead to the signs for the ladder trail which will also be another trip back to Dorr. Walking beside the Tarn at the end of our trail we saw ducks nesting.
Just for fun because now we can as the park gates have been opened I had Dave take me to one of my most favorite places at Acadia, I showed Ruth and Alvin the pebble beach and the singing stones. When the waves come in and go back out the stones make music. I get mesmerized with the softness and beautiful colors of the stones. Dave and I could lay on this beach for hours and listen to the music they make. Another great day at Acadia which has much to offer with amazing views and the increased exercise we have been getting since we've taken to foot.