Maine resident and Physician Assistant student with a love of all things nature. Traveling around to find the most beautiful spots and most delicious eats.

Gorgeous easy hike

The bridges traveling through are very well maintained. Definitely worth stopping by if you are in the area!

Do not leave The Bowl out of your Acadia plans!

We stopped at The Bowl heading from Gorham Mountain to the Beehive. In fall it was absolutely beautiful. The trail pleasant wraps around the water. I know in summer swimming is allowed here, and dogs are allowed in the water too (one of the few places in the park that this is true). The views are beautiful!

One of my favorite hikes in Acadia!

We decided to start at Gorham Mountain Trailhead to summit Gorham mountain, hike past The Bowl and then head up the back way of the Beehive (an especially smart decision because we were doing it on a rainy day). Going in and out like that was just under 8 miles, and it was a perfect hike. Even though it was raining, the foliage was peak and there were lots of people on the trail. We did see one person that wasn't smiling ear to ear!

Go at dusk...

We decided to do this trail kind of last minute since it was short and the sun was setting. We were the only people on the entire hike and we really enjoyed having the place to ourselves. It was my first time on a suspension bridge so that was exciting! And watching the water run through where lava once had really got me thinking. It was definitely a cool experience.

A whole new perspective on Athabasca Glacier

This hike was recommended to us by our campground host near Lake Louise (little place called Mosquito Campground 30 mins away from the lake that I highly recommend). It was definitely one of our favorite hikes in the Icefield Parkway area because it gave us a birds eye view of Athabasca Glacier. We had the entire view to ourselves and it was absolutely breathtaking.

Beautiful hike

Originally thought that this trail led to the famous watchman overlook. Turns out this is a different spot entirely, but the view at sunset was still absolutely beautiful and even better we had the place to ourselves. I suppose everyone was at the actual overlook!

Go for the wildflowers!

We did this backpacking loop in July, and Death Canyon is the most inappropriately named place that I've ever seen. It was full of wildlife and gorgeous fields with millions of wildflowers. This area of the park is less traveled, so you will have a little more privacy. We did this loop and the paintbrush divide. Paintbrush divide was definitely more scenic, but if you have time to do both I highly recommend it!

Absolutely gorgeous beach

We were completely torn up about the fact that we only had a couple hours available to hang out on Ruby Beach. As soon as we got there, the misty, rocky beach stole our hearts. As the sun broke through the fog, the place only became more beautiful. It is a large beach so you never feel too surrounded by people. I would have loved to have spent a couple days here or at least been able to watch the sun set!

Enjoy the views without the crowds.

The thing about Moraine Lake is that it is swarmed with crowds. The other thing about it is that you can hike 0.5 mile away on any trail and feel like you have the place to yourself. Larch Valley was a totally doable hike to do in a couple hours and it gave us some incredible views with a little bit of solitude. I would love to come back and do it in the fall!

Best effort to reward ratio of all time!

This short hike brings you to a ridgeline that provides incredible views of the surrounding jagged peaks and glaciers. It is one of the most incredible hikes I have ever done. Highly recommend!

Never disappoints

Came across Otter Cliff the first time I went to Acadia, and I always try to make a point to go back to that area when I go. It is a stunning view of the ocean and the surround cliffs. The scenery is so dramatic, especially at sunset!

Beautiful in winter too!

I did this hike in the winter, and even though the hut was closed, the view was spectacular. We had the entire trail to ourselves and the conditions weren't too windy that day. I definitely recommend this hike as one of the best in the whites because the view of the Franconia Ridge is incredible.

Best Spot For Sunset!

The view here is absolutely beautiful at sunset, which is probably why it is usually crawling with people. Definitely worth stopping by though!

Easy access!

Super easy to get to, and the Basin is definitely an interesting sight. When I visited in the spring, the water was incredibly clear and beautiful. Even though it was only 50 degrees I wanted to jump in! Absolutely worth checking out if you are in the area.

Awesome campground and location

Recently stayed here before hiking North and South Kinsman. We were there in October so it wasn't crowded at all. The campground is very well maintained and the sites are spacious and flat. Left for our hike from the campground, so you really can't beat the location.

Easy access to a gorgeous waterfall

Coming from New England, we just don't have waterfalls this big, and we especially don't have them right off the side of a road. If you are in the Bend area I definitely recommend taking the 30 minute drive to this place. It really is magical.

Views are limited

The hike up East Osceola is no joke. I have done many 4000 footers in the Whites, but East Osceola has some of the steepest elevation. The views at the top are good, but only from the lookout. The summit is tree covered, so that is a little disappointing after working so hard!

Favorite place to run

When I was living in the area, this was a place that got me into running. I lived on the emerald belt and running to Jamaica Pond and around gave me a solid 3.5 mile run. The pond itself is 1.5mile loop and the entire thing is pretty scenic. I always wanted to take a rowboat out on the water but never did. Maybe one day!

Beautiful year-round

When I was living in Boston, I constantly visited the Arboretum. When I went last weekend, I went out of my way to get over there because it truly is a beautiful place. It has lots of walking trails and so many different types of trees. You can enjoy the beauty and learn a lot. Highly recommend stopping in if you have the chance.

Not necessarily worth it

I have been to Acadia four times now, and stopped at Thunder Hole almost every time. It is really hard to predict when the conditions are correct, and I have never seen thunder hole truly in action. I have seen it swarming with hundreds of tourists (mainly in the summer/fall). I didn't stop by here when I came in the spring, but I think next time I'm there in the off-season I will give it another try because the videos I've seen truly have been incredible.

Something I do every fall!

Nothing compares to the White Mountains in the fall, and the Kanc is a great way to see it. If you are looking for some great pictures, the pull offs are nice, but getting out and hiking will give you the best views. Highly recommend Artists Bluff, frankenstein cliffs, lonesome lake or any of the 4000 footers to get off the road a bit. Take it all in!

Woah!

Coming from New England, I definitely have a love of the conifer, but these blew my mind. The trail is easy with minimal elevation and a great way to experience what Sequoia National Park has to offer. I highly recommend taking the time to see this amazing part of nature.

Such an easy hike!

This hike is really short and has minimal elevation gain. It is a quick jaunt to get out into nature in the area. The waterfall is nothing spectacular, but it is definitely pretty and worth checking out if you are nearby!

Many different trail options!

I have spent hours upon hours exploring this area. Whether I am just sitting at the reservoir or hiking up to the watch tower that overlooks the city, this reservation has provided lots of great memories and some extremely well cared for trails.