We drove to Jordan Pond to hike around the pond today. The pond house doesn't open for a few more weeks. Can't wait for a Popover, I have never had one but have been told many times they are really good. So back to the hike, there are many trails leading off from this trail. This trail is fairly easy to hike but good shoes are a must. It is a approx. 3.3 miles around the pond. There is a little bit of all types of terrain around this pond trail. Rocks, dirt, bridges and boardwalks. We walked down toward the boat access. Boats are allow but no swimming because it is used as a source of drinking water. The hike can be taken in either direction because it's a loop trail. I was amazed at all the trails that this one ties into. The ones we saw on the map and as we hiked today were The Bubbles, Jordan Cliff trails, Cedar Swamp Mountain and Pemetic Mountain trails, there are many more to choose from too. Another neat area we found was the Tumbledown Cove. Lots of Tumbledown rocks that we had to pass over and through. We learned there is one of the virtual earth-caches at Jordan Pond . These geocaches are different from the treasure ones that are found outside the park. Acadia National Park only has the virtual ones. The Acadia's EarthCache Program offers opportunity to explore the park while learning more about its geological story. http://www.nps.gov/acad/earthcache.htm
Geocache Description: Near the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park. This cache location looks out over Jordan pond and the Bubbles.
This is a virtual cache. Your looking for a plaque. It was placed there in grateful loving memory by Edward Tuckerman for his wife.
a top Cadillac Mountain, the dark green top center is Dorr Mountain summit...the one beyond that is Beachcroft, Huguenot Head. The next picture is Dorr summit seen from Cadillac Mountain summit
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.
Dorr Mountain climb began at the Otter Creek Rd parking lot Rt 3 on Mount Desert Island. Since we started out a little bit later this morning, not starting the climb till around noon I wasn't sure I was ready for the the Ladder trail to the left, so today we decided to climb heading up by the East Face Trail via the Kurt Diederich, Schiff and South Ridge trail to the summit. Dorr Mountain was named for George Dorr who came to MDI in 1868 on vacation with his parents. The remains of the family residence, Old Farm, at Compass Harbor in Bar Harbor, are part of Acadia National Park today. This will be a must see for me as well. George fell in love with the island and had a vision of creating a park from land he was able to purchase and then advocating from landowners on the island to give away their land for the cause, enough donated land to qualify for a National Park. His mission in life was to preserve as much land as he could on MDI. He wanted something to leave for future generations to enjoy. He was called the "Father of Acadia" by all who knew him. George devoted four decades of his life and all of his fortune to his cause. He was a conservationist, co-founder and first superintendent of Acadia National Park. The mountain we climb today graces his name. He inspires Dave and I, as he must so many others before us which includes Ronald Epp and wife who were tourists to MDI visiting the first time in 1985. He is a philanthropist excited to experience the wildness and beauty that Acadia holds, that same excitement that we feel and love. Ronald and his wife, through the years hiked most of Acadia and everywhere they went, conversations and acknowledgments, George Dorr's name came up. Ronald started looking for any information that he could about George, research that took fifteen years to complete. Ronald's accomplishment at age 73 was the completion of his publication “Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr,” this book was released April 1, in time for the Acadia 2016 Centennial celebration. I read that because of the efforts of three men, Charles W. Eliot, John D. Rockefeller and George Dorr in 1916 — 100 years ago — President Woodrow Wilson accepted what today is the first parcel of Acadia National Park, the 5,000-acre Sieur de Monts Spring National Monument. I can't wait to spy this book in the quaint town of Bar Harbor, hoping the author will be available at some point to sign a copy for me. It will be a good read while relaxing at the campsite after a long day of hiking with my hunny.
Walking the mountain trail today all of these things that I have read about the history of George Dorr and this mountain ran through my head as we climbed the hundreds upon hundreds of stone granite steps to the summit and reflect on the physical hard back-breaking work that must have gone into the creation of the switch back trail to the top and how they were formed with the placement of step stones. As we climbed higher we were able to see Beachcroft, Huguenot Head, on the shoulder of Champlain Mountain. ( Beachcroft is the next mountain we will climb) We had a great view of the ocean, the porcupine islands, bar island, the Great Meadow and the Tarn below us. As a measuring tool we took pictures of Beachcroft Mountain which blocked the sea until we got closer to the top of Dorr. At one point we knew we were higher than Huguenot Head because the ocean was all the way across the horizon. I read that there are two "scramble" trails on Dorr Mountain that lead to the open summit, I wasn't sure what a scramble trail was but quickly found out once I found myself close to the summit. I was scrambling the rock surface at a steep pitch upward. I also read that anyone making the hike to the summit brings a rock to place on the rock pile at the top. After scrambling I was happy that the rock I chose was fairly small in size but Dave on the other hand, wanted his rock to make a big difference, but then he didn't have any problem hiking to the mountaintop either. My rock was just right size in my pocket as I ascended. It was in the shape of a heart. I was bringing it along...for the love of the climb, but after climbing the steep rock to the top, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. At times, the air became very thin and hard to breath, whether from the excitement and anticipation of reaching the top, the scrambling over the rock face or the thin air, when I placed that rock it would mean so much more to me. Dave and I talked about the many times through the years we drove up to Mt Cadillac got out of the truck and stood for a few minutes looking over the horizon then headed back down, but today, today it seems with our climb up standing there marveling at our accomplishments of making it to the top, we stood quietly and looked around, we felt the peacefulness and calm of being there. It was incredible, I looked at Dave and knew he felt it too. We felt we earned the right to breath in that fresh mountain air and looked to the beauty that was all around us as we stood in awe at the view and our efforts. I placed my rock on the top of the pile. I was here!
Looking around I noticed a wooden marker and noted that Dorr Mountain is 1270 feet to the top of the summit. The second highest peak in Acadia National Park second to Cadillac Mountain. While we were taking a picture of us on the summit of Dorr, we turned toward the ocean to see five people waving to us from Huguenot Head and turning toward Cadillac mountain two people were on that summit waving back. We gave them all a wave then took a few minutes to reflect our accomplishments for the day and started our descent. I noticed there are many types of trees on the trails Hardwood, Hemlock, Mixed Pine, Birch Grove, and Alpine. I think we saw them our trip up. Not very much foliage out yet anywhere but spring is here and it will be exceptional in a few weeks time. What there was though, was a whole lot of stone steps. One trail that we didn't have time to follow today was called the Hemlock trail. It is on the North Ridge trail. If we would have had more time today we could have gone .6 miles crossing over and down through the Gorge trail and back up the East side to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, where we recently waved to other hikers, but we will just have to keep it for another day. On the way down once we reached the Kurk Diederich trail turning right we chose to go straight on the Homan's Path which years ago was a lost path along with Emery trail due to rock slides in 2003/2007. Happy it was cleared a few years ago, this trail took us to the Sieur de Monts Spring ...the same one that in 1916 was the first parcel of Acadia National Park, the 5,000-acre Sieur de Monts Spring National Monument. Dave and I crossed onto the Jesup Path and headed back to our truck. This was the tallest mountain that Dave and I have hiked so far. Dorr Mountain at the moment is Dave's favorite hike on foot.
Dave came home from work the other day with a book filled with trail directions from back in 1996 that a co-worker Debbie gave him. The book lists some of the older trails , and reading it made us excited to head back down to the park for another hike this weekend. Whenever I think of a park...I think of having fun, it is definitely a 'Park' and gonna be our playground this year.