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  1. Bald Mountain Camden Maine Hiking

     

    A scenic 10 minute drive from our Inn, Bald Mountain Preserve is our favorite area hike. At 1280 feet, the mountain is the 5th highest peak on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Allow approx. 2 hours round trip for a leisurely hike.

    Hiking Bald Mountain

    After a short walk through the forest  you will catch your first glimpse of mountain views and farmlands. For the most part, the remainder of the hike will traverse the rock bound mountain. Follow the blue blazes to the summit where you will find a large cairn in addition to a sign in the foreground with detailed information about the mountains topography.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2. Camden, Maine Hiking Multi-Use Trail

    Walking the Camden Hills State Park Multi-Use Trail offers natural woodland scenery and seasonal water views. The 4.8 mile well-maintained trail winds through the forested lower slopes of the mountains ending at Youngtown Road in Lincolnville. On this day, we walked to the ski shelter and back which is approx. 4 miles round trip.

    Camden Hills State Park

    Heading through the campground

    Access to the multi-use trail begins at the campground entrance.

    Multi-use trail

    Multi-use trail entrance

    A short distance from the campground gate the trail begins.

    Groomed path

    Well-Groomed Trail

    The park staff does an excellent job of keeping the trail groomed.

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    Seasonal Water Views

    Distant views of Penobscot Bay and its snow lined islands along with Camden Harbor are visible through the wooded landscape along the first mile of the trail.

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    Winter Wonderland

    Long stretches of picturesque winter scenery.

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    Huge Pillows of Snow

    The only sounds on this day were of  the occasional trickling streams along the trial and the foraging wildlife.

    Multi-Use Trail

    Multi-Use Trail

    Approaching the ski shelter.

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    Ski Shelter

    The ski shelter is located approx. 2 miles from the Camden Hills State Park main entrance and is available for public use for a nominal fee.

  3. Maiden Cliff Trail Camden, Maine – Photos

    Hiking Up To The Cross

    The trail to the summit is only 1 mile and affords scenic views of Megunticook Lake, the interior and coastal mountains with distant views of Penobscot Bay.

    Trail Head

    Trailhead

    Access to this trailhead can be found off route 52 in Camden, however you may take longer hikes through various trails within the Camden Hills State Park trail system to reach Maiden Cliff.

    Starting Off

    Starting Off

    The trail is not difficult yet steadily climbs upward through the woods over rocks and tree roots.

    Over Some Rocks And Roots

    Over Some Rocks And Roots

    Bridge Over A Seasonal Stream

    Footbridge Over A Seasonal Stream

    Along the  way  you will cross over a wooden footbridge. This time off year it is relatively dry however in the spring there is usually a steady flow of water rushing under the bridge.

    Water Under Bridge

    Trickling Water

    More Of The Same

    Water Under Footbridge

    Lots Of Tree Roots Along The Way

    Lots Of Tree Roots Along The Way

    Plenty of exposed tree roots along this part of trail.

    Continuing On The Trail

    Half Way There

    Halfway along this trail one of the other trails intersects. We stay on course to the cliff.

    Continuing Along The Trail

    Continuing Along The Trail

    Looking

    A Westerly View

    At the summit gazing at interior mountains and pristine Meguntiook Lake.

    Looking

    Southerly View

    Distant views of Penobscot Bay and Islands to the south. The cross was erected some years after Elenora French fell off the cliff and died in 1864.

    Osprey Flying Just Above Us

    Osprey Flying Just Above Us

    Incredible opportunity to see Osprey, Eagles and Turkey Vultures soaring just above, below, and at eye level.

    Cedarholm Garden Bay Inn is on the oceanside and just 1 mile from the incredibly beautiful Camden Hills State Park. To download a trail map click  here.

  4. Mount Battie’s Star, Camden Maine

    This time of year has been unseasonably warm and we have been thoroughly enjoying our walks to the top of Mount Battie.

    Reaching The Top At Sunset

    Reaching The Top At Sunset

    Turret Atop Mount Battie

    Turret Atop Mount Battie

    Viewing the sunset over the western mountains and the moon rising in the eastern sky illuminating Penobscot Bay.

    Penobscot Bay

    An Easterly View

    Camden Harbor, Southerly View

    Camden Harbor, Southerly View

    A sign of quieter times where recently filled parking lots are empty and lonely view finders stand.

    Watching The Moon Rise

    Watching The Moon Rise

    View Finders

    View Finders Will Soon Be Stored Away For Winter

    Lighting The Star

    Lighting The Star

    Each year we look forward to the lighted star that is mounted on the turret atop Camden Hills State Park. As a tradition it is lit the day after Thanksgiving and remains erected until New Years Day. The star can be seen from miles away, a true sign of the holiday season.

    Funny how after years of walking the auto road our timing on this trip coincided with Bob Oxton’s firing up the generator which illuminates the star.

    Bob spoke of challenging past winters and his difficulty reaching the top some evenings to light the star and yet he has never missed a night for over 40 years of volunteering. Now that is a commitment!

    The Lighted Star

    The Lighted Star

    A Beautiful Evening

    A Beautiful Evening

  5. Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine

    Another one of the “Jewels” in Midcoast Maine is the picture perfect views atop Beech Hill in Rockport. The setting is special, and after a short and easy walk to the top of this 295-acre preserve you’ll see why. If the pastoral landscape of the beautiful grasslands with the Camden Hills as a backdrop don’t grab you while your walking along, than surely the scenic ocean vistas at the top will.

    After a few paces the trail quickly opens up to views of low bush wild blueberry’s growing in the grassy field.

    Starting Out

    Starting Out

    Wild Blueberry Field

    Protecting The Blueberries

    Wild Blueberry Field

    A Colorful Field Of Wild Blueberries

    Trail

    Trail

    Looking Back

    Looking Back At The Camden Hills

    Soon after the half way point views of Chickawaukie Pond then Penobscot Bay appear.

    Lake Chickawaukie

    Chickawaukie Pond

    Chickawaukie Pond and Penobscot Bay

    Chickawaukie Pond(Rt) and Penobscot Bay(Lft)

    Fall creates it’s own special beauty in Maine and especially so here. The preserve’s field of golden grasslands dappled with the fiery red leaves of wild blueberry shrubs is reminiscent of a painting. At the top of the hill sits a beautifully restored stone house known as “Beech Nut” handsomely adorned with a sod roof.

    Beech Nut

    Beech Nut

    Straight Out

    An Easterly View

    Isle Au Haut

    Mountains Of Acadia National Park(Background-Rt)

    Beech Nut

    Beech Nut

    Restored Sod Roof

    Restored Sod Roof

    Although the preserve is open year round, Beech Nut’s open house dates for the remainder of the year is Sat. Sept. 11, Wed. Sept. 22, Sat. Oct 2, and Wed. Oct 13 2010. For more information on this beautiful preserve you can visit www.coastalmountains.org.

  6. Hiking the Camden Hills Bald Rock Mountain Trail In Maine

    Bald Rock Mountain has an elevation of 1200 ft and is visible from our oceanfront Inn. With less than a 10 minute drive from here this mountain offers incredible views of the island studded coast of Maine and is just a small part of the Camden Hills State Park system. The hike to the summit is easy yet invigorating.

    Entrance Sign

    Entrance Sign

    Gravel Road

    Gravel Road

    After  walking a gravel road for 1.25 miles you reach the trail head that leads through the woodlands.

    Bald Rock Trail Head

    Bald Rock Trail Head

    We walk through the peaceful woods and observe the nature that surrounds us. Lush greenery such as ferns and mosses abound, the scent of pine wafts through the air and the songs of melodious birds are the predominant sounds. The trail has a convenient set of granite steps and many tree root systems that wind there way along the path.

    Granite Steps

    Granite Steps

    Tree Roots

    Interesting Tree Roots

    We reach the summit and take in the scenery.

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    Background-Mt. Desert Island, Acadia National Park

    A Southeasterly View From The Summit

    A Southerly View, Camden Harbor First Harbor In Sight

    A Southerly View, Camden Harbor First Harbor In Sight

    We maintained a semi-brisk pace along the trail and complete the round trip journey in approx. 1hr. 45min. The views are breathtaking and especially extraordinary during the fall with all the magnificent colors in place.

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