Have the time of your life hiking in Acadia National Park (www.nps.gov/acad; www.acadiamagic.com; www.acadianationalpark.com)! With spectacular scenery highlighting the rugged coast of Maine, ANP was the first national park east of the Mississippi River and is also one of the nation’s most popular. We’ll be there during the cool, non-tourist season, from May 23 to 31. We’ll be housed in comfortable, inexpensive cabins, beautifully set on the shore, near storied Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, Maine.
Requirements: Participants must be experienced hikers, be capable of doing a strenuous hike (equivalent to 10 miles and 5000’ elevation change; 4 blisters or more), maintain a moderate pace (2.5 mph average on hilly terrain), and be 18 years of age or older. Participation is limited to 13 to 17 people. No pets are allowed.
Hikes: All hikes will be day hikes and may require short drives; some days may include more than one hike. The hikes will be selected with the goal of exploring the park’s most beautiful areas and visiting significant natural and historic locations, including Cadillac Mountain, the tallest on the East Coast. Other criteria include interesting or challenging trails, and total mileage and elevation change to ensure moderate to strenuous days of hiking. Hiking boots will be required for most hikes. All hikes are optional.
Other Activities: Participants will have two “free” days to enjoy, with others or on their own, some of the many other activities available in the area (www.acadiamagic.com/activities.html; www.acadianationalpark.com/activities/). Activities include sea kayaking, nature cruises (whales, puffins, etc), white water rafting, bicycling, and moose safaris. Or, that time may be spent just relaxing, indoors or outside. All activities are optional.
Lodging: We will stay in fully equipped, seaside cabins near Bar Harbor that sleep four to seven people. Each cabin includes bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, dining room, living room, and deck. No smoking is allowed. Bedding, towels, place settings, and kitchen utensils are included. Lodging cost is about $150 to $200 per person. Lodging cost is the same regardless of the number of nights—up to seven—that you stay.
Costs: In addition to lodging, other expenses include food, travel, and incidentals, all of which are the responsibility of individual participants. Local carpooling expenses will shared; entrance and parking fees may apply.
Food: For all meals, participants will have the choice of eating as a group or individually in restaurants, eateries, or with preparation or cooking in the cabins. We plan to have at least two communally cooked dinners for those who would like to participate. Feel free to bring food with you as well. For planning purposes, you can estimate an average of $35 per day for food.
Getting There: Bar Harbor is about 710 miles from the Washington, DC, area, or about 11.5 hours driving. Options for travel include driving all the way; flying to Boston and renting a car for another 4.5-hour drive; or flying to Bar Harbor (www.bhbairport.com) and taking a shuttle or renting a car there. The approximate cost for flying to Bar Harbor and back from the DC area is $400 per person, with a trip time of 5 or more hours. Carpooling may be an option, but is uncertain. Travel is completely the responsibility of participants, but I’ll be happy to discuss options.
Reservations: To reserve a spot, you must provide a $100 per person, non-refundable deposit (check or PayPal), which will be deducted from your lodging cost. Contact me ([masked];[masked]) directly about reserving.