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Monday, March 5, 2012

3/4/12 Eliot and Cedar Swamp Mountains.



Gray day but temps in the lower 30's and no wind. We wanted to go to Acadia but didn't know what kind of conditions we would find ( the coastal weather is often different from ours) so we went to the Eliot Mountain Area for the several options available.

We started on the Eliot Mountain Trail from Rte.3 and found little snow or ice but lots of water.


As we gained a little elevation there was more snow and less water.



We went down the other side of Eliot ( also good footing) to the Asticou which was slushy but not a problem beyond wet feet ( I wore boots with good tread rather than waterproof boots) . Thought we might try the Sargent South Ridge to Cedar Swamp Mtn. but Kelley was ahead of me and decided we would definitely do it as she trotted right up the trail . As we climbed there was more snow and less slush.

Kelley seems to enjoy the views as much as I do.



As we came out of the woods into the more open area there was even more snow and some ice we needed to skirt around. I am always surprised at the difference in snow amounts and temps that a few hundred feet of elevation gain produce.


There was not much further to the summit of Cedar Swamp so we continued on and were rewarded with these views.




We had our lunch and headed back down the way we had come. Going down is nice because the views are all ahead of you.






Not the best of conditions but still an interesting hike. 4 1/4 hours

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