Champlain Mountain

Champlain Mountain

Champlain Mountain is the fourth largest mountain in the Mount Desert Range. The summit is at 1,058 feet (323 meters). The northwestern side of the mountain, called Huguenot Head shown in the photograph above,  rises above State Route 3 in Bar Harbor across from The Tarn and Dorr Mountain. The higher part of the mountain is hidden from view from this vantage point. The trail up to the summit, the Beachcroft Trail, on this western side begins across from the northern tip of The Tarn and crosses Huguenot Head before ascending to the summit. There is a parking lot at the tip of The Tarn. This climb is difficult at times but has no ladders or rungs. On some maps, the summit is identified as Newport, which was once the name of the mountain. The views from the summit, and along most of the trail, are impressive. People who suffer from acrophobia should not attempt this climb.

The next photograph shows Huguenot Head and the main part of Champlain Mountain as seen from State Route 3 in Bar Harbor. Notice the notch between these features.

Huguenot Head and Champlain Mountain from Route 3

The following photograph shows the notch more clearly. There is a raptor in the upper right of this photograph.

Notch between Huguenot Head and Champlain Mountain

The next photograph shows these features from the north.

Champlain Mountain and Huguenot Head from the north. 

The eastern side rises above Schooner Head and the Park Loop Road and consists of some impressive cliffs as shown in the next photograph that was taken from Schooner Head Overlook.

Champlain Mountain from Schooner Head Overloof

The next picture shows the extreme northeast part of Champlain Mountain. Notice the wetland at the base of the mountain. This wetland extends all the way to the southern part of the mountain.

Hortheast Side of Champlain Mountain

The following photograph shows the wetlands and forest that lies between Schooner Head Road in Bar Harbor and the base of Champlain Mountain. The Park Loop Road runs by the base of Champlain Mountain on the western side of the wetlands and forest.

Champlain Mountain and Marsh

Unfortunately, Peregrine Falcons often choose to nest on these cliffs. The eastern side of Champlain Mountain is closed to climbers when the falcons are nesting. The next picture shows the usual nesting area. This area of the cliffs is about one fifth of the distance from the left to the right in the picture above.

Champlain Mountain East Side

The trail up the eastern side is called Precipice Trail, perhaps the most challenging trail in the park. It begins at the parking area at the base of the eastern side of Champlain Mountain. The next photograph shows a part of the cliffs that the trail climbs.

Champlain Mountain East Side

Parts of this trail has ladders and rungs as shown in the next photograph, which is a section of the photograph above. That section is in the lower right of the photograph above. Can you find it?

Ladders on the Precipice Trail

The southern extreme of the eastern side of Champlain Mountain is to the right in the next photograph. The mountains in the picture are, from left to right, The Beehive, Enoch Mountain and Champlain Mountain.

Southern Extreme of Champlain Mountain

Hiking is the only means of visiting the summit of Champlain Mountain. The trailheads have adequate parking and are easy to find.

Champlain Mountain in Winter

The photograph above shows Champlain Mountain in winter as seen from the Schooner Head Overlook parking area.

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