Sunday, February 12, 2012
2/11/12 Eliot Mountain
Forecast for Acadia: Winter storm warning, 30's, several inches of snow, 30 mph winds. Kelley's kind of weather. Sounded like an interesting hike to me too. Once again, not knowing what we would encounter, we picked an area with alternative trails. We started at the Eliot Mtn. trail head on Rte. 3. I don't think Kelley has ever done this trail from this direction.
As you can see little snow at this point and no wind.
As we climbed the snow picked up a bit but was never heavy and there continued to be no wind. It was pretty though.
A plaque about the man for whom the mountain is named.
From Eliot we took the trail down to the map house on the Asticou Trail and had our apple snack and then followed the Asticou to the Harbor Brook Trail. We met a couple who had just come up the trail and said it was in pretty good shape. If we found it difficult the plan had been to go up Eliot from Harbor Brook and back that way.
There was some ice on the trail but it's surface was degraded and it was not as slippery as that we had dealt with on the last hike over here. The snow continued to be light with no wind and the hike quite pretty. Made me think of Frost.
Most of the brook was frozen ( Kelley had found water to get into before this)
And she managed to find some open water here too.
While not the dramatic hike we had anticipated it was very nice- quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. 3 hours.