The Bar Island Hike is available 90 mins. before to 90 mins. after low tide.  It may be driven or walked and provides an interesting opportunity to explore a sandbar and to look on Bar Harbor from an island in the Desert Narrows.  Bar Harbor posts many warning and pictures of vehicles that people have parked and left too long.  The tide is unforgiving.

This hike gave us another opportunity to explore tide pools and muck around. You can read our first tide pool exploration here. There isn’t much to Bar Island and hike wise it isn’t all that exciting in comparison to the others on Desert Island.  The wife and kids wore a pair of waterproof boots allowing them to walk around in the mud. We spent a couple of hours exploring and finished with a sunset.

 

During high tide the path completely disappears.
During high tide the path completely disappears.

 

High Tide
High tide

 

Bar Island Low Tide
The sandbar, during low tide, is very wide and drys out very quickly making it easy to walk across. Some people drive it. The tide in Maine ranges almost a 12′ difference between low and high tide.

 

Tidepools were abundant and the family took advantage of it.
Tidepools were abundant and the family took advantage of it.

 

Bird Eating
There were many birds looking for a snack.

 

Walking Trail
Walking Trail

 

This is from Bar Island looking at Bar Harbor.
This is from Bar Island looking at Bar Harbor.

 

The harbor at Bar Harbor.
The harbor at Bar Harbor.

 
Looking out at Bar Harbor enjoying the view.

 
Finishing with a sunset, great ending to an unbelievable day.