9. Climb a new mountain (literally)
Last week, I was able to cross yet another thing off of my “20 Before 20” list. I hiked up not one, but two mountains! I had never previously climbed both mountains. They were little, but none the less, it was a great time. I would have liked to cross off number nine with an even bigger climb, but it is already August and it is questionable as to when I will have time to hike again.
We went to Acadia National Park and climbed up Mansell and Bernard. We went up Mansell first which was 949 ft. Then, we took the Great Notch trail to Bernard Mountain which was 1071 ft. Mansell had a pretty nice lookout spot, but there wasn’t much to see from Bernard.
The whole hike was beautiful though. There were a lot of fairy-tale looking, grassy spots along the trail. We kept saying that they would be the perfect spots for a deer to live in, and what do you know, we saw a deer in a nice, grassy spot right at the end of our hike.
The best part was that we only saw a handful of people while on the trail. The mountains are the most western in the Mount Desert range. They aren’t visited by tourists as often, so they’re ideal for locals. It was a nice, peaceful hike. It could easily be done even if you’re not in the best of shape. I’m not saying that you won’t feel the burn, but I am saying that you won’t feel like you’re dying.
There weren’t any technical spots on the hike. Most of the trail’s incline consists of stone steps. Again, it was a workout, but it was do-able. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a quiet day hike.