As I mentioned, here, Acadia National Park in Maine has something for everyone and rivals some of the larger National Parks (yes even Yosemite) in my opinion. Every nook and cranny of this park was pure gorgeousness. Although I did not go on a ton of strenuous hikes like my Husband did (hey someone had to hold the dogs!) such as Bubble Rock and The Bee Hive; I did do Acadia’s Steep Pemetic Mountain Hike.
Although not the most difficult hike in the park, Pemetic Mountain is 1,248 feet hike and only 2.4 miles up and back. When we set off for our Pemetic Hike it was misting and foggy; we hoped by the time we mad it to the top the skies would open up so we could enjoy the views.
We started in normal forest and every 30 mins of so it was as if we entered new terrain. Slowly the trees became more baron and the granite rocks would get larger and more steep. At many points in the trip we would have to climb up and over rocks to continue. Some areas were so steep our dogs could not jump up, so we would have to pick them up and place them on the rocks above.
Soon we reached complete granite with almost dessert type, dry plants growing out of the rocks and eventually made it to the top! I was exhausted by this point but so happy to have made it to the top of Pemetic Mountain.
Unfortunetly the fog had not gone away, but we enjoyed what little view we could make out passed the haze. Curious what the view looks like on a clear, sunny day? Click here. How beautiful is that!? We will be doing this hike again when we return to Acadia so we can see this view in person!
The way back down, although harder on the knees, was a lot more fun than the way up. When we hit the area of the trail that was in the normal forest terrain the sun came out and the mist had subsided.
One thing I loved about Maine were all of the Balsam Fir trees at every stage of growth. I would see small patches of green areas on the ground which would look like moss but looking closer would reveal tiny Fir Trees.
By the time we were finished our hike it was a lot later than expected and lunchtime had came and gone. Feeling stiff, tired and accomplished we headed into Bar Harbor for the first time of the trip for a super late lunch! I bet you can guess what part of Maine I will be sharing about next….