July 28, 2015
A Walk Around Jordan Pond
Whenever I'm in Maine, I love to hike the glorious trails of Acadia National Park!
One of my favorite treks is around Jordan Pond. The pond covers 187-acres, with a maximum depth of 150-feet. It's flanked on the west side by Penobscot Mountain, and to the northeast by two mountains called "The Bubbles". The pond is ringed by a walking trail, which I've done many, many times, and adore. The nearly four-mile hike is an excellent way to see and appreciate Acadia's glacially carved landscape.
During a recent trip to Maine, a group of colleagues and my three dogs, joined me for an early morning walk on Jordan Pond Shore Trail. It was an exhilarating hike for us all - here are some of my photos. Enjoy.
1 The start of hike #1- the circumference of Jordan Pond. Lisa Wagner and Heather Kirkland accompanied me, the dogs and Kevin Sharkey. The entire walk was about four miles. http://acadiajordanpondhouse.com
2 It was early morning and the cloudy weather, and misty air were perfect for a long hike. Those are The Bubbles in the background.
3 It has been a good rainy spring and the streams were quite full.
4 All of the bridges in Acadia National Park are made from local granite and beautifully designed. They were built "to last".
5 The winter in Maine was very hard this year- 13-feet of snow, and many broken forest trees. In the park, trees are cut to clear trails, but most of the rest of the tree stays on the ground to decay naturally into the forest floor.
6 The top of that large fallen spruce.
7 One side of the pond is traversed on "boardwalks" like this. They are meant to take the stress of thousands of footprints off the forest floor and the roots of important trees.
8 A polite request from Acadia.
9 The boardwalk stretches for at least a mile- it is a balancing act most of the way, especially with three dogs on leashes. This is only for the sure of foot.
10 More winter damage- so many of the trees lining the bank are leaning into the water of Jordan Pond. It is just a matter of time until they fall into the water.
11 G.K. loves these hikes and he never pants or tires. He is always alert and a very, very good hiker.
12 We left our house at 7:30am for the hike- the Pond is about five-minutes by car from Skylands. There were only six other hikers on the entire trail at that time of day.
13 More views of the Pond and the surrounding hills and "mountains".
14 The dogs navigate very well on the boardwalks as well as on the rocks. Behind us are two of the six other people we saw that morning.
15 Here we were at the head of the Pond- you can climb up The Bubbles from here or continue around the Pond.
16 There was a large population of beavers here at the top of the Pond- they were recently relocated by the Rangers to somewhere where they would do less environmental damage.
17 The water in the Pond was crystal clear, but there was a bit of foam- pond scum- along the windy shore- this was from agitation more than anything.
18 The dogs are required to be on leashes in all parts of the park.
19 The landmark bridge at the head of the Pond looking towards the Jordan Pond House- famous for its afternoon popovers.
20 One of the remaining beaver lodges- very impressive structures.
21 Evidence of those sharp and tenacious beaver teeth- beavers can fell trees of immense size by chewing with their rodent like teeth.
22 This is a very sizeable tree felled by beavers- the stump is in the foreground- one can understand why they were moved to a more secluded spot.
23 Now we were on the homeward bound part of the trail and the dogs really sped up.
24 I like them three across - they respond to "mush mush".
25 The makings of a small sled team?
26 Lisa and Heather rushing to keep up with me and the dogs.
27 Kevin captured this shot across an inlet.
28 You can clearly see the rock slide across the pond- this happened long ago, but could occur any time now!
29 So calm and beautiful- a great way to start the day!
30 1983 engraved by a worker in the park.
31 Seagulls come to roost and drink pond-side.
32 It was 9am when we completed the hike- hungry and ready to return home for something delicious to eat.