ACADIA (join us for a day or more)

Weekend Trip
DATE: Sep 14, 2018 Friday
END DATE: Sep 17, 2018 Monday

Trip/Event Location: Bar Harbor ME

Trip Leader(s)

Scarborough, ME United States

Meeting Time: 6:00 PM

Max # People: 12

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level:

Easy to Moderate

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Region: New England

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JOIN US FOR A DAY OR MORE IN ACADIA - we'll be hiking, biking, kayaking, sightseeing and doing other activities in Acadia National Park. 

We will arrive in Acadia on Friday, September 14 (early afternoon) and leave Monday, September 17 (early afternoon) – for a total of 3 nights. 

IF YOU CANNOT STAY FOR THE 3 NIGHTS -- then arrive & leave when you can (we will work out the meet up details).  Any questions – just email us via the GO site.

By mid-September the summer crowds should have thinned out.

You will have to arrange your own transportation & lodging.  BUT - If you would like some help just email us (via GO) and we can suggest options and try to team guys up so you can share both transportation & lodging.  There are several campgrounds and many motels/hotels in the Acadia area. 

We will schedule one moderate hike a day, as well as, bike rides on the carriage trails.   We also plan a walk along Ocean Path and other areas on Mount Desert Island.  All activities are optional and if you’d like to schedule other activities, such as kayaking, we can help.  The area has biking and kayaking rentals & tours.  

Since all activities are optional let’s try to meet for breakfast and dinner every day, as well as, spend the evening together.  


A classic, must do hike, is Cadillac South Ridge.  The views while hiking (and from the top) are spectacular.  Distance out & back is 7.4 miles and elevation gain is about 1,400 feet.

Another moderate hike is up Penobscot & Sargent Mountains.  This 6.5 mile hike traverses over two mountains with great views.  Elevation gain is approximately 1,200 feet.

Other hiking options, to name a few, are Jordan cliffs & bluffs, Pemetic Mountain, Bernard Mountain, and the trails to the west of Long Pond.   All hikes are moderate in distance and elevation.   

These hikes will begin in the morning and finish in the early afternoon – allowing guys to do other activities in the afternoon.


Bring your bike or rent one.  There is approximately 12 miles (out & back) of easy–moderate carriage trails – which includes biking past Witch Hole Pond, Eagle Lake and Bubble Pond.  

We will do these and then, for those who want a more extensive biking adventure, we will do inner and outer loops around Jordan Pond, as well as, separate excursions on the outer carriage roads.  We will plan on a bike ride every afternoon.


There is an abundance of ocean kayaking available.  The Acadia lakes are also open to paddlers (Eagle Lake, Jordan Pond & Long Pond to name a few).  Bring your kayak/canoe or rent one.  If you choose you can also join any of the kayaking tours.


The OCEAN PATH is an unsurpassed scenic walking trail that takes you to Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff.  Spectacular views !!!  Total distance is about 4 miles round trip - easy walking. 

There are numerous other outdoor activities to do like:

Touring the Park Loop Road
Hitting Sand Beach
Catch a scenic ocean day cruise
Viewing Asticou & Thuya Gardens
Explore Bar Harbor


The national park website is:


Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:


Take I-95 north to Augusta
Take Exit 113 – Route 3 east Belfast
Once in Belfast - take US Route 1 north
Stay on Route 1 until you arrive in Ellsworth
Once in Ellsworth take route 3 onto Mount Desert Island
Stay on Route 3 for Bar Harbor



Take I-95 south to Bangor
Take Route US-1A east to Ellsworth
Once in Ellsworth take route 3 onto Mount Desert Island
Stay on Route 3 for Bar Harbor


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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Scarborough, ME

United States

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