Bike clockwise on the Eagle Lake Trail for 2 miles which are flat, then you can connect over to the Bubble Pond area, bike along Bubble Pond, turning back when the hill begins. You can then turn and go back the way you came. It would only be about 6 miles round trip but it's pretty flat and pretty views. Actually, if you enter at the Eagle Lake parking area and head north towards Hulls Cove you'll find the easiest loop. It consists of intersections On one side is a detailed map and on the other are profiles of each road segment so you can see where the hills are.
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Eagle Lake Carriage Road
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The hike description includes the recommended direction to take to minimize the climbing, as well as portions of the hike that might include short sections of rigorous trail walking, although downhill where possible to make it as easy as possible.
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Image courtesy Falcon Guides. To increase the size of the elevation profile, just double click on the images, which were created on a free GPS tool known as GPS Visualizer. We also share below some photos of things you can see along these Acadia carriage road loop hikes. Thanks for this chance to let us add to our map-making skills, as we took the time to answer your question in detail, Caroline.
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If the carriage roads open up to bicycles and horses during your visit, be sure to watch out for them, and to always keep your dog on no more than a 6-foot leash while in the park. Start at the far southwest corner of the Hulls Cove Visitor Center parking lot. At the intersection 1 in 0. At intersection 3 at the base of the hill, bear left, passing Witch Hole Pond on the right. Reach Duck Brook Bridge in another mile. There are steps that lead from the bridge down to the brook, which offer fine cascades in the spring or after heavy rains. Finally, bear left at intersection 1 to circle back to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center parking lot, heading down Paradise Hill.
Start at the carriage road behind the Jordan Pond House. Turn left south on the carriage road. At intersection 16, bear right south , stay straight at intersection 25, and turn left east at intersection This now becomes a private carriage road, open to pedestrians but not bicyclists.
Hard to believe that park founder George B. Dorr and others once found Cobblestone Bridge , built in , to be unattractive. At intersection 29, bear right and reach the Stanley Brook Bridge at intersection 30, about one mile from the start. Continue on the carriage road, bearing right at intersection 31, then left at intersection 27, and right at intersection At intersection 24, reach the Cobblestone Bridge, which you can admire from underneath by walking down to Jordan Stream Path.
Continue north back toward Jordan Pond House, bearing left at intersection 23, and then left at intersection 15, to head to the southern shore of the pond and cross the last of the 3 bridges on this loop, the Jordan Pond Bridge with its view of the Bubbles. And if the Jordan Pond House is open for the season, be sure to stop in for its famous popovers, and take in the spectacular scenery.
Climb a 0. Bear left at every junction to continue paralleling the pond, until you reach the Deer Brook Trail at the northwestern corner of the pond, at about 1. Turn right northwest onto a short stretch 0. While steep and rocky, this section of trail is made easier by huge stones laid flat for stepping, and not so steep that dogs on leash are prohibited, as they are on the Precipice Trail. If the climb up to the carriage road seems too difficult, you can continue circling around the western shore of Jordan Pond on the footpath.
Although the path is rougher than that along the eastern shore, it is more level than climbing up to the carriage road. But you would miss seeing the Deer Brook Bridge this way. Turn left southeast on the carriage road and take it past Jordan Cliffs and the bulk of Sargent and Penobscot Mountains on your right. If you are hiking during peregrine falcon nesting season, you may be fortunate enough to see or hear the birds high above Jordan Cliffs.
You near the Jordan Pond House after 3 miles. Turn left northeast across the Jordan Pond Bridge.
Stop in for popovers if the Jordan Pond House is open. Continue along the shore of the pond back to the Jordan Pond North Lot.
Day Mountain, the only summit with a carriage road up to the top, offers the closest views of the Cranberry Isles. You may also find passengers on a horse-drawn carriage or bicyclists at the peak. Hike starts at parking lot on south side of ME 3, west of Cooksey Drive. Reach the carriage road at a 3-way intersection, and follow the carriage road sign to Day Mountain, reaching the summit in about 1. If you have the proper gear and are in shape for hiking a somewhat rough trail about 0.
If not, you can retrace your steps south back down the carriage road. Turn left southwest on the carriage road before the Triad-Day Bridge the only carriage road bridge not financed by Rockefeller and follow the road for another mile until you are back at the 3-way intersection near the start.
Turn right southeast onto the hiking trail to return to the parking lot. Be careful crossing ME 3 as there is a blind curve and cars may be speeding. Stepping stones take you under the Amphitheater Bridge and carriage road, along the Amphitheater Trail. Turn right north onto the carriage road, and then left west at intersection 14 to follow the carriage road along the base of Jordan Cliffs and Penobscot Mountain, first crossing over West Branch Bridge, then Cliffside Bridge.
At intersection 21, just beyond 1 mile from the start, bear right north on the carriage road as it heads up the Amphitheater Valley. Dorr, by Ronald H. Pause to reflect at the Amphitheater Bridge, with the Penobscot Mountain ridge towering over you to the east, and the Sargent Mountain ridge, to the west, in what is still a relatively wild interior.
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Look down below at the less-traveled Amphitheater Trail coming up to the carriage road from the south, before it heads north up toward Birch Spring and Cedar Swamp Mountain. As with so many of the carriage road bridges, you can step down to the footpath below and look up at the unique structure. Continue on the carriage road as it now loops south below the ridge of Sargent and Cedar Swamp mountains.
At intersection 20, bear left to follow the carriage road as it wends its way over toward the fifth and final carriage road bridge of the loop, the Little Harbor Brook Bridge, just beyond 3 miles from the start of the hike. Take the connecting trail to the carriage road, and bear left north at intersection 18 to take the easier clockwise direction around the loop.
Pass Upper Hadlock Pond, where loons may be nesting in springtime, on your left, and reach the Hadlock Brook Bridge at about 1 mile from the start.
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At intersection 13, bear right, and then at intersection 12, bear right again. The steepest section of the loop is right between these two junctions. Shortly thereafter on the carriage road, come to Waterfall Bridge, where you may see Hadlock Falls in all its glory during springtime or after heavy rains.