Another wonderful hike in paradise.
“The second highest mountain in Acadia, behind only Cadillac, provides spectacular 360-degree views of Somes Sound and Western Mountain to the right (west); the Cranberry Isles and the Gulf of Maine to the south; Pemetic and Cadillac Mountains to the east; and Porcupine Islands and Frenchman Bay to the northeast”
There are many ways to get to Sargent Mountain…we followed part of the hike on the map below highlighted in red.
We took the Grandgent trail up ..then a side trip to what is thought to be the oldest fresh water pond in Maine, down Sargent southridge trail to Hadlock trail and back.
Distance:5 + miles
Elevation Gain 1,170-feet
All uphill..in lush forest..
We follow a small brook…… Froggy.. We follow the signs to Sargent Mountain Up hill on rocks.. Most of the trail follows a small stream..we cross it several times.. Rocks..roots and running water..beautiful and refreshing on this warm day. Along the trail I notice many webs in rock crevices and this one in a tree cavity. More uphill..
I was very happy I brought my hiking sticks..very helpful walking thru water, roots and rocks..It was slippery. Rocks and roots.. We are serenaded by Black-throated green warblers and Thrushes. We take the Grandgent trail…one of the more difficult trails to the top. Up ..up and more up.. Oh..I see the light Starting to get a view Somes soundI soak in the views.. Still more to go… Jeff and Samarrah wait at the top Samarrah in the clouds The top of Sargent MountainWe stop here and have lunch.. A white-throated sparrow sings to us.. Lichen on Granite.. Wood Lily We start our hike down to Sargent pond I took tons of photos of the Rock cairns..A well balanced rock.. On our way to the pond.. Scenes from the top..
“ claiming to be the oldest lake in Maine, it is naturally fishless, being one of only two acidic lakes in the park. According to local folk lore the “Lake of Clouds” is not only bottomless, but home to a serpent “ See the serpent below?
Hee hee..thats me enjoying a wonderful swim..I went in with shorts and tee shirt.
Small blue dragonflies where flitting low over the surface. Larger dragonflies flew higher up.
It was magical.
The highlight of this hike…was swimming in the pond..the water was cool and refreshing..
We join the Hadlock Brook trail again
I stop and take a photo of this handsome mushroom..
We continue on the last leg of the hike..
Hope you enjoyed our hike..