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Granite topped Schoodic Mountain is 1,060 ft tall and provides commanding views of Frenchman Bay and all the peaks on Mt. Desert Island including Cadillac Mountain. We will be hiking the Eastern Trail as it is the most accessible and has a large parking lot at the Donnell Pond Recreation area.
It's a little bit of a drive for you Midcoasters, but hey, what in Maine isn't a bit of a drive?
Arrive at the parking lot at 9:00, the hike begins at 9:15.
The trail from the parking area starts near the outhouse (!)
It drops immediately and then begins a steady climb to a nice set of cliffs offering a view of Black Mountain. After the trail levels off we continue hiking up the mountain until we reach a junction at the 0.9 mile mark. We'll continue up the mountain for another 0.4 miles to the summit. This part of the trail is steeper and more narrow. Our reward at the top is a stunning view of Acadia, the ocean and all the surrounding lakes.
We return to the junction and take the Eastern trail to Donnell Pond below. The trail switches back and forth until you reach an outhouse (lots of outhouses apparently) at 1.1 miles. At this point we'll hike to the beach and picnic area where we will have our snack/lunch. From the beach there is a half mile easy hike back to the parking lot.
This is an approximate 3 hour hike (including a 20 minute break at the top) and maybe 30 minutes at the beach.
DIRECTIONS: Take Route 1 North from Ellsworth, turn left at Route 183 (Tunk Lake Rd.)
Some distance AFTER crossing the Sunrise Trail (not much of a sign there, but keep your eyes peeled for the trail, formerly train tracks) you'll see a pretty good sized brown and green sign for Donnell Pond on the left. Go left onto that dirt road. As the road climbs a small hill KEEP LEFT AT THE FORK for Schoodic Mountain and drive to the end of the road (about 1.8 miles further).
This is a sea kayaking event of approximately 3 hours, for advanced paddlers in good physical condition.
For this adventure we will be launching at Owls Head State Park. The outing includes paddling around Sheep Island and Monroe Island. The ocean side of Monroe Island looks craggy and ancient which gives the observer the feeling that they are a character in a Jules Verne novel anticipating, perhaps, the appearance of a hungry giant squid. After we complete our navigation of the island's shoreline, we will proceed to a beautiful view of Owls Head Light. On our return leg, if conditions permit, we will stop at a beach in the state park for a snack.
13 foot minimum touring style 'yaks required. Be sure you understand sea kayaking and its inherent risks.
Spray skirts and PFD's are required as is a knowledge of self-rescue.
Take Route 73 south of Rockland, follow 'til you see a green sign on the right for Birch Point and Owls Head State Park. Make a left on to Northshore, continue about 3.5 miles to a colorful post office on the left. Turn left there onto Main Street. Continue just 300 feet to Richard Carver Harbor Park, which is really just a gravel parking lot.
Arrive at 8:30 am, we will launch at 9.
If you are not feeling at the top of your game, do not sign up for this event. Covid is not finished with us yet.
Ok, gang, we are pushing our southern boundaries a bit, but this is a very pretty, round-trip paddle beginning in a very cool little town! How can we possibly miss when the destination is called Merrymeeting Bay? The name alone brings a smile to your face!
The timing of this event was critical in order to benefit from the tide, saving us a lot of effort. We will be following the tide both upstream and then back to our launch point.
Thanks to MMPP member Ann H. for coordinating our efforts. Her knowledge of the river and the area makes this journey possible.
We will meet at the Bowdoinham waterfront park (on the map it says Mailly Waterfront Park) which is easy to find. Arrive at 9 am, which will give you a little extra driving time. Launch is between 9:15-9:30. The Bowdoinham waterfront also features a vibrant farmers’ market on Saturday mornings. Come a little early and check out the farm stands which include Counterpoint Bakery, where you can buy fresh bread and/or croissants to fuel your paddle.
As part of our paddle we will be stopping at an island beach, suitable for enjoying a bag lunch and/or taking a swim in the refreshing waters of Merrymeeting Bay (wear your swimsuit if you plan on a dip).
This event is for intermediate kayakers (no beginners). We will be in a protected area most of the time. PFD's must be worn. It is expected that all attendees are in good physical condition.
If you are not feeling at the top of your game, please do not sign up for this outing as Covid is not finished with us yet.
This is a very popular hike but it's always worth doing. Bald Mountain, at 1280 feet, is the fifth highest mountain on the eastern seaboard. This is a 2.8 mile round trip hike with spectacular views in every direction at the top. There is not too much huffing and puffing on this one, round trip only about 2.5 hours. Like every "mountain" hike in Maine, you do need to be in good physical shape.
The hike is moderate with one fairly brief steep section, hiking shoes are required as usual. A hiking stick or poles are always a good idea too. Remember water and a snack for the top.
We will meet at the Georges Highland Path Trailhead to access Bald Mountain Trail off Barnestown Road in Camden. Driving from Camden towards Hope, the parking lot sign for the trailhead is easy to see on your left.
Arrive at 8:45, hike starts at 9:00 am.
If you are not feeling at the top of your game, please do not sign up for this hike. Covid isn't finished with us yet.