This is the only hike in the park with a fire tower at the top. It was fairly steep but only took us about 20 minutes to reach the summit.
Pretty incredible view from the summit and we were able to climb to the first level of the fire tower.
We hiked down the rest of the loop trail and were glad we did. It was a much more gentle trail which took us about 30 minutes; however, we stopped to enjoy the view of Long Pond. It really was a spectacular day with a light breeze and temps around 77*.
We left there and drove to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse where we ate our lunch among the rocks and the shore.
|Love this speckled rock!|
There was still time for a short bike ride so we left Bass Harbor and drove to the Visitor's Center where we changed into our bike shorts in the car. Not an easy task considering the limited amount of space ;o) Mission accomplished and we headed off to ride the Witch Hole Pond Loop.
We have ridden this loop before, but never starting from the VC. Wendy and Dan have ridden it several times from this direction, describing the beginning as the "worst hill in the park", which we initially doubted. OMG...it wasn't terribly long but it was VERY steep. Wendy texted us to ride it without stopping. HA, I had already stopped twice by then, as had Bill. It was so steep that when Bill pushed off to get started again, the front wheel of his bike came off the ground, tipping him over backward. He fell off and ended up running DOWN the hill to avoid being hit by his bike. I missed it all as I left first and didn't stop until I reached the top, where I was waiting for him by this sign.
|Witch Hole Pond|
|Half Moon Pond|
As it turned out, we rode this loop on the same date in 2009.
We watched a beautiful sunset from Cadillac Mountain,
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