Wednesday, February 22, 2012
2/21/12 Dorr Mountain
Dorr Mountain is not where we planned to hike. A nice sunny day and we decided on Acadia- still concerned about ice so decided we would walk the ( closed) road up Cadillac Mtn. But during the drive over this seemed less interesting so we changed plans. We would do parts of several trails. Canon Brook to the intersection of A. Murray Young is mostly flat and usually pretty good. The extension off Dorr South Ridge would also be easy. In addition we would do the first part of A. Murray Young ( which we never complete because of a section too difficult for Kelley) and the first part of Dorr which we thought would also get hairy. All together this would make a descent hike.
We started from Rte. 3 and the trail was good - some small ice patches easily got around.
The pond at the start of Canon Brook Trail
Next we did the extension off Dorr and it was also easy. This is part of an abandoned trail that leads to the Pothole Trail but we only went as far as Otter Creek and then turned back and continued on Canon Brook.
A cairn someone had placed since our last visit
Next was the A. Murray Young and that was fairly difficult from the start with lots of ice. As we climbed it became snow but then reverted to even worse ice and we turned back.
Point at which the trail crosses the stream
We head back down the Canon Brook to try Dorr S. Ridge. There were some small patches of ice at the start but then we found ourselves on a trail with neither ice nor snow. A big surprise.
We did not expect this to last but it did so we continued up the mountain. As we neared the summit there were some small patches of ice and snow but even at the summit it was mostly clear.
We had our lunch on the summit and headed back down to the Canon Brook and that back to our start.
A beautiful day and a good hike with a mountain we didn't expect to get. 4 hours