Discover Acadia National Park: AMC Guide to the Best Hiking, Biking, and Paddling

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Here is your ultimate guide to outdoor adventure in Acadia National Park. Published by the Northeast’s oldest and largest outdoor club, this completely updated guide features 50 of the best hiking, biking, and paddling trips on Mt. Desert Island, Isle au Haut, and the Schoodic Peninsula. Each detailed trip description summarizes trip time, distance, and difficulty, and now indicates the closets stop in the Park’s easy-to-use shuttle system. Eighty additional hiking trails are also described, making this the most ...
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Overview

Here is your ultimate guide to outdoor adventure in Acadia National Park. Published by the Northeast’s oldest and largest outdoor club, this completely updated guide features 50 of the best hiking, biking, and paddling trips on Mt. Desert Island, Isle au Haut, and the Schoodic Peninsula. Each detailed trip description summarizes trip time, distance, and difficulty, and now indicates the closets stop in the Park’s easy-to-use shuttle system. Eighty additional hiking trails are also described, making this the most comprehensive guide to outdoor activities available for the Park. A full-color, pull-out, contour map shows every hiking trail in the park, as well as carriage roads, park roads, paddling launch sites, and shuttle bus stops. Whether you are planning a day hike or a week-long visit, you’ll get the inside story on where to go and what to do during a visit to the Northeast’s only National Park.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781929173587
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Discover Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry and Marcy Monkman photograph and write about the wild places of New England. Their work has been published in many magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Backpacker, Natural History, Canoe & Kayak, and Yankee. They are also regular contributors to the publications of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conference, the Northern Forest Alliance, and Manomet Observatory. They live in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with their two children.

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Table of Contents

At-A-Glance Trip Planner x
Preface xviii
Acknowledgments xix
Stewardship and Conservation xx
1 Introduction to Acadia National Park 1
Climate 2
Getting There 2
Take the Bus 2
Lodging 3
Food 3
National Park Service Information 3
Fees 4
Handicapped Access 4
Emergencies 4
Choosing Your Trip 5
2 History of Mt. Desert Island 7
Geological History 7
Human History 10
3 Hiking in Acadia 15
Hiking Times and Trail Ratings 15
Safety and Etiquette 16
Flat and Easy Walks 18
1 Ship Harbor Trail 20
2 Flying Mountain 21
3 Great Head and Sand Beach 23
4 The Bubbles 25
5 Gorham Mountain and Ocean Path 28
6 The Beehive and the Bowl 33
7 Beech Mountain 35
8 Norumbega Mountain 36
9 Huguenot Head and Champlain Mountain 38
10 Pemetic Mountain and Bubble Pond 42
11 Acadia and Saint Sauveur Mountains 45
12 Penobscot and Sargent Mountains 47
13 The Western Mountains: Mansell and Bernard 51
14 Peak-Baggers' Delight: Bald Peak, Parkman Mountain, Gilmore Peak, and Sargent Mountain 54
15 Dorr Mountain, the Gorge, and Sieur de Monts Spring 58
16 Cadillac Mountain 60
17 Northeast Harbor to Eagle Lake via Sargent Mountain 63
18 Bar Harbor to Jordan Pond via Dorr, Cadillac, and Pemetic Mountains 65
19 Eastern Side Traverse-Sand Beach to Northeast Harbor 69
4 Biking in Acadia 75
Trip Times and Ratings 76
Safety and Etiquette 76
20 Maple Spring-Hadlock Brook Loop 78
21 Hio Road 80
22 Witch Hole Pond and Paradise Hill 82
23 Seal Cove Pond-Western Mountain Loop 85
24 Long Pond Fire Road 88
25 Amphitheater Loop 92
26 Aunt Betty Pond Loop 94
27 Eagle Lake Loop 97
28 Bar Harbor to Jordan Pond via Eagle Lake 100
29 Day Mountain 101
30 Jordan Pond-Bubble Pond Loop 105
31 Giant Slide Loop 109
32 Around the Mountain Loop 111
33 Around the Mountain II 115
5 Quietwater Paddling Acadia's Inland Waters 119
Paddling Times and Distances 119
Safety and Etiquette 120
34 Little Long Pond 123
35 Echo Lake 125
36 Jordan Pond 127
37 Long Pond, South End 131
38 Seal Cove Pond 133
39 Northeast Creek 135
40 Eagle Lake 139
41 Long Pond, North End 141
6 Sea Kayaking Acadia's Coastal Waters 147
Safety and Etiquette 147
42 Mount Desert Narrows 151
43 Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands 155
44 Sutton and Bear Islands 162
45 Somes Sound 165
46 Seal Cove to Pretty Marsh 172
7 The Other Acadia: The Schoodic Peninsula and Isle au Haut 179
Schoodic Peninsula 179
Isle au Haut 181
Nature Essays
The Northern Hardwood Forest 26
Leave the Snakebite Kit at Home 30
Impressive Speed: The Peregrine Falcon 40
Walking the Carriage Roads 44
The Lowly Juniper 49
Cairns 52
A Forest and a Wetland in One? 57
The Subalpine Zone 68
Twisted Pines 72
Moose and Bears in Acadia? 86
The Boreal Forest 90
White-Tailed Deer Facts 96
Acadia's Mosaic Forest 104
Lichens 108
Road Trips 112
Echo Lake Camp 126
Airborne Enemies: Bald Eagles and Ospreys 128
Frogs and Turtles 136
Beaver: Acadia's Rodent Corps of Engineers 143
Loon or Cormorant? 154
Humpback Whales 159
Fog 166
What Is a Fiord? 168
Harbor Seals and Porpoises 170
Intertidal Zones 176
Appendices 185
A Hiking Trails 185
B Boat Trips 226
C Lodging 231
D Outfitters 236
E Other Sunny and Rainy Day Activities 240
F Recommended Reading 246
G Conservation and Recreation Organizations 247
H Leave No Trace 248
Index 249
About the Authors 253
Get Out & Get Active with the AMC 254
Also Available from AMC Books 255
AMC Book Updates 256
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