|The Beehive + Champlain Mountain|
No really, I swear that this is the last time. Honest.
Had a couple spare hours early this morning to squeeze in one more trail, especially since we scored another day of record-breaking temperatures with a clear, blue sky above. I explored one of the more popular spots on the island, just off the open section of the Park Loop Road with the trailhead located right across from Sand Beach.
|Otter Point + Gorham Mountain (view from The Beehive)|
The Beehive is a prominent landmark that always seemed to make it into the background of many a shot from that area, and I had bypassed this particular loop once while on a splendid thru-hike of Gorham and Champlain Mountains last season.
|Pan-O-Rama: Cadillac>Dorr>Champlain Mountains|
Normally a congested area of Acadia, the place was deserted and quiet, and I spent about an hour monkeying around the iron rungs on the cliffside scramble up a 500' elevation gain. Caught a nice breeze up on top while cooling down and taking in the panoramic view.
|Sand Beach surf|
Afterwards there was enough time to stroll across the beach and then a short, sweet little hike up over and around Great Head, so as to get a different perspective on the morning's climb. A half hour was devoted to hanging out on a secluded oceanside cliff, looking out over the Atlantic, listening to the waves below, and loving all the awesome memories I'll have of this wonderful place.
|Great Head: view of Sand Beach + The Beehive|