Gorham Mountain Loop, Hike #9
Our last hike, Gorham Mountain Loop, was a whimsical finish to two fantastic weeks in Acadia. There are many different kinds of hikes through Acadia. It has the difficult climbs like Precipice and Beehive, the scenic including Bubbles Trail and Cadillac Ridge Trail, finally the historic Carriage Roads. Gorham Mountain made me laugh.
The Gorham Mountain Loop is a 3.5 mile loop including a great walk along the ocean bluffs called Ocean Path. This path follows one of the major roads through Acadia and every time we drove it we kept saying, "We should walk that trail." Well we squeezed it into the last hike.
We spent most of our final day walking and exploring hoping it would not end. Another beautiful day in late fall accompanied us in Acadia, I started to think that every day in Maine was perfect. We started with the Ocean Path, a walk along the Mt. Desert Narrows coastline. It was a little after low tide so the water was quiet but it left a lot of exposed rocks available to climb.
So, half way up the Gorham Trail there is a spur off trail called Cadillac Cliffs Path. The description is, amazing cliffs and caves. Well, I don't know about that. It did have very cool niches, goofy rock faces and lots of different hiking options. It is a great "look and find" and change of pace for kids of all ages.
It went so fast, our time at Acadia, and it was time to move on. The campground we were staying at was closing and tonight was the last night they were open for the season. Acadia, an unplanned detour, may be one of the best stops of our first RV trip around the country. When I was younger I always said, "I loved that trip, I can't wait to go back." I have all the time in the world. Now being a little bit older I know I may never get back to Acadia, but I hope I do.