Champlain North Ridge Trail

(Moderate hiking, 1.1 miles one-way)

Champlain Mountain is the easternmost of the major peaks in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, rising to 1,058 feet above sea level. While there are many hiking routes up the mountain, one of the most popular is the Champlain North Ridge Trail, a scenic hike of just over a mile. The mostly open terrain of the north ridge affords wonderful views of Huguenot Head and Dorr Mountain, as well as the village of Bar Harbor and the jumble of islands just offshore.

The trailhead is found on the Park Loop Road a quarter-mile east of the Bear Brook Picnic Area and a mile from the Route 3 park entrance (just south of Bar Harbor) via Sieur de Monts Spring. Parking is limited near the trailhead, and on busy summer days it may be best to ride the Island Explorer shuttle bus from Bar Harbor.

The Champlain North Ridge Trail ascends easily from its start at the road, with nice views of Beaver Dam Pond from several points on the lower part of the ridge. Further along, the trail meets the Orange & Black Path coming in from the left. Soon the path leaves the thin forest canopy altogether, and excellent views of Frenchman Bay and Schoodic Peninsula open up to the east.

Continuing on the rocky ridge of beautiful pink granite, the trail tops out on the summit of Champlain Mountain at the large cairn and sign with fine views of the impressive peaks of Dorr Mountain and Cadillac Mountain just to the west. Other trails intersect atop the mountain, including the Beachcroft Trail from Huguenot Head, the airy and strenuous Precipice Trail, and the Champlain South Ridge Trail.

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