Acadia Mountain

Acadia Mountain

Acadia Mountain has a summit at 681 feet (208 meters) above mean sea level. It is situated between Somes Sound and Echo Lake in the Town of Mount Desert about halfway between the Village of Somesville and the administrative center of the Town of Southwest Harbor. Acadia Mountain is at the western side of a narrow gap in Somes Sound that was formed during the Ice Age helping Somes Sound to become the only true fjord on the east coast of the United States. The other side of this gap is Norumbega Mountain. A fjord is a narrow inlet from the sea flanked by steep mountains.

The photograph below shows Acadia Mountain to the right rising above Echo Lake. State Route 102 between Somesville and Southwest Harbor runs along a ridge about a third of the distance from Echo Lake to the summit of Acadia Mountain. The mountain behind Acadia Mountain is Norumbega Mountain. The body of water in the distance is the northern portion of Somes Sound. The sand-colored area on Echo Lake below the center of the photograph is an area of the national park called Acadia Ledges. A parking area for Acadia Mountain and Acadia Ledges is on the west side of State Route 102 just above Acadia Ledges. The hiking trail up Acadia Mountain is opposite this parking area.

Acadia Mountain Ledges

 

There is a fire road from State Route 102 to almost to Somes Sound that begins a short distance from the Acadia Mountain trailhead. North of the terminus of this fire road on Somes Sound is the end of Man O' War brook. Hundreds of years ago, sailing ships would enter Somes Sound and refill their freshwater casks at this brook. The following photograph shows the eastern side of Acadia Mountain rising above Somes Sound.

East Side of Acadia Mountain

The next photograph shows the outlet of Man O' War Brook on the shore of Somes Sound. This location is to the south (left) of the shore in the photograph above but not shown in this photograph.

Man O' War Brook

The waterfall at the terminus of Man O' War Brook on Somes Sound is shown in the following photograph.

Man O' War Brook at Somes Sound

Acadia Mountain is easily accessible from State Route 102. The only way to the summit of Acadia Mountain is by hiking trails. The Acadia Mountain Trail connects to the St. Sauveur Mountain and Valley Cove trails.

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