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Sunday, June 20, 2010

6/19/10 Western Mountains

A quite warm day so we decide the woods would be more comfortable than open ledges and went to the western side of the park. We parked at the pumping station and Kelley was in Long Pond before we even started the hike
On the way to Mill Field to start the Sluiceway Trail we took the short road to the reservoir which we had not visited. It was quite small, 50 x 75 feet and I don't know it's purpose as there seemed to be no pumping equipment or anything else.

The sluice way trail is mostly through pretty woods with some rocky sections but nothing difficult.

At Little Notch we turned toward Knight Nubble and great Notch. This is from an overlook near Knight Nubble

We knew from previous experience that this section of trail posed difficulties for Kelley but she has become braver and more skilled and managed it without help from me.

We took a short detour on the Razorback--just long enough to get the views

And then continued toward Mansell Mtn. which is wooded but has a nearby overlook.

Our next trail was the Perpendicular which also poses some difficulties for Kelley. As it's name indicates it is quite steep in parts and has sections of stone stairs winding along the side of the mountain.

Kelley managed all except this section of iron rungs where I gave her a hand

and we continued down to Long Pond.

At the Long Pond Trail we turned left and walked a half hour to our favorite lunch spot on the pond.

After lunch and a couple of swims (Kelley) we headed back down the trail to the pumping station and our car. 4- 1/2 hours


  1. That looks like a great hike! Too hard for my kid's. But I may have to try it out with the hubby some time. What part of the trail had the ladder?

  2. It was a good hike. The ladder is on the Perpendicular Trail maybe a third of the way up-but not sure of that.

  3. The pictures of the Perpendicular trail look like you're hiking on loose rock?? Yikes. Lovely pictures!!! The Dorr trails that you've hiked also seem interesting (I'm making use of your search button!). :)

    Does Kelley ever get sick from drinking/swimming in the pond water in Acadia? Our puppy for Giardia from drinking river water on a hike. Ugh!

  4. Thanks, Mary. Not loose rocks-more like steps. We like all of the Dorr trails ( Kelley can't do the ladder trail).

    Kelley has not got sick from the water except once when she drank some brackish water along the Penobscot River and immediately threw up. I carry water for her but she prefers to find her own if possible.

  5. Maybe the Maine water is just cleaner! Thanks.


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