Sunday, May 1, 2011

Down the Road a Piece - Milt Gross - Belfast - Waldo - The Republican Journal

By Keith Brock
May 01, 2011

No matter where you live or what you do, there is a trail for you; a peak to look out from and see for the first things just how beautiful our earth is and how lucky we are.

 Be a blessing to yourself, your spouse, your children, family and friends and get involved in hiking. Start slow by walking around the block; then do it again only next time go around twice until you get to where walking feels pleasurable. It will change your life and give you health you may have never had felt before.  It also will open doors to many activities and adventurers you will miss out on if you don't.

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Down the Road a Piece - Milt Gross - The Republican Journal

By Milt Gross | May 01, 201
"Acadia National Park’s trails are samples of every type of hiking trails you’ll find anywhere in Maine. I’ve been on just about all of the ANP ones and many of those throughout Maine.

he shortest trail up Bald Peak is from Route 198, which also leads to the two gardens in Northeast Harbor. I mention them in case you’re smarter than I am and think strolling in nice gardens is preferable to climbing a bald peak.
The free Island Explorer bus follows Route 198 from June 23 through August 31. The Brown Mountain route buses leave the Bar Harbor Village Green every 90 minutes and go to Northeast Harbor. The route is called Brown mountain, since that part of Mount Desert Island was at one time owned by a man named Brown.
You can leave Route 198 from either the Parkman Mountain carriage road entrance to the park on the left or a couple hundred yards farther south on 198 at the Norumbega Mountain parking lot on the right. The bus will stop on request, wherever the driver thinks is a safe location as the road goes over a fairly steep hilltop providing limited visibility.
From the carriage road entrance, go right onto a carriage road and then left up a hill. A short distance up the hill, bear right or straight ahead, depending on your definition of either direction. You’ll have passed the Parkman Mountain trail just ahead of the bearing right or keeping straight, depending on your definition of either direction. That trail will have crossed the carriage road. About a half mile past that trail, the Bald Peak trail will cross the carriage road.
Turn left, uphill. If you turn right, you won’t go up Bald Peak, even though downhill makes for easier walking. After turning left, just stay on the trail as it rises through some trees and finally over open boulders and rocks. It’s an easy walk -- uphill but easy.
At the top, after gasping and regaining your lost breath during which time you’re pretending to admire the scenery, you can head .2 of a mile northeast on a trail to Parkman Mountain or return the way you came.
Or, from the Norumbega parking lot, cross the road and find the trail to Parkman and Bald Peak. It dips down through the woods and then heads up, passing the Parkman trail to the left and bringing you to a left turn onto the Bald Peak trail at .2 mile. You’ll know you’re at the right left turn because you’ll cross the carriage road just after the left turn.
If you want a map, the free Acadia National Park map is sufficient for basically all 150 miles of trails in the park. Or, you can use a Friends of Acadia*** map that shows the heights of all the mountains or a map by Map Adventures LLC ( that shows the distances of all the trails in the park. (You have to buy the latter two maps.)
I used the latter two in writing this, as I wanted peak heights and trail distances. But with the free one, you just follow the trails and you’ll find the distances -- so many pants to the north and then about five thousand gasps to the northeast -- all by yourself.
I used the free one during the first two years I walked and climbed the park’s trails. These were the years a local paper had asked me to “cover the park” for them because they had heard I was “lost in the woods a lot.”
Being lost in the woods a lot ain’t bad, if it gives you a chance to be paid for not being lost in the woods while you walk a bunch of trails.
Besides, I was never really lost in the woods -- just turned around a couple of times."

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