If you would like to read my daughter's account of this hike you will find it here.
This hike was special. After hiking a couple of trails through the week Nina was a little tired and Gigi had to work. Aurora and I headed out. I asked her if she wanted to do a difficult or easy hike, and of course she said difficult. Goat Trail looked interesting. A 600ft climb over about 1/2 a mile, sounded fun.
The Goat Trail is just a small piece of the Norumbega Mountain Trail loop. After Goat Mountain the trail, in blue dashes, follows the top of the mountain. Then drops back down to the base and winds along a pond and through a beautiful Christmas tree forest. This trail is complete with wooden planks over wetlands and bridges over brooks. The scenery was tremendous and constantly changing. It was a little bit of everything Acadia has to offer.
This was by far my favorite hike. It contained such a variety of different elements and challenges. Goat Mountain made us work, the summit rewarded us with distant views and vibrant fall treats. A relaxing decent provided us with the sights and smells of a Indian Summer baked pine forest. Last but not least, wooden paths and bridges surrounded a pond that reflected clearly why we came to Acadia.