Biking and Hiking Acadia National Park, Maine
- Bicycle the beautiful roads and carriage paths of
Acadia National Park Hike the Ocean Path along the cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean Climb to the highest point along ’s Atlantic coastline at America Cadillac Mountain
- Experienced bicycle and outdoor leadership
- Outdoor skills instruction
- Campground with food and commissary gear
|Dates||Sep 8–14, 2013|
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Lying along the spectacular Maine coast waits
Our Sierra Club national outing will operate from our base camp at
Day 1: After group introductions, we will bike the carriage path through the heart of
Day 2: We'll have a fun, long day ahead of us as we bike over to the west side of
Day 3: We'll spend another day on the carriage paths, cycling past Jordan Pond and the slopes of
Day 4: Today we'll have a day off from cycling to hike the Ocean Path. We'll hike and climb
Day 5: We'll bike the beautiful
Day 6: Today we'll enjoy a long day hike to the summit of
Day 7: On our final day together, we'll break camp then end our trip with a hike at Sieur de Monts Spring and the
Accommodations and Food
Our overnight accommodations for the week will be at
This Sierra Club bicycle and hiking tour is considered moderate. The daily bike rides will range about 25 to 30 miles over both paved park roads and unpaved carriage paths. Our longest day will be over 45 miles. The elevation change ranges from flat to gently rolling. Rain and fog is possible, although early September normally has clear weather. Our day hikes will also be moderate in distance and elevation. The Ocean Path runs along the Atlantic cliffs, with some minor rock scrambling. The most difficult hike will be the summit climb of
Equipment and Clothing
Participants will need to bring a properly tuned bicycle, bicycle helmet (required), bike clothes, bike gloves, panniers for carrying day items, water bottle, pump, extra tubes, and small repair kit. For day hiking, please bring a day pack, properly fitted boots, water bottles, clothing for rain and cold, and day use items. For overnight camping, participants will need a tent, sleeping bag, ground pad, eating utensils, and personal overnight belongings. The leader will provide the food, fuel, commissary gear, bike repair tools, and master first-aid kit. A complete equipment list will be sent with a later information bulletin.
- Hiking Guide: Hostettler, Kristin,
. Falcon Press. Hiking Acadia National Park
- Park Map: National Geographic “Trails Illustrated Map to
” Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park was originally created out of private landholdings once owned by wealthy landowners like John D. Rockefeller. Located on Mount Desert Island, Acadia is surrounded by towns like Bar Harbor or privately held farms and woodlots. This ownership pattern places pressure on park management in its efforts to protect the national park. New home and commercial development along the park boundary threatens the park’s forests, wildlife, and natural beauty. A day’s drive from the rapidly expanding population of the Atlantic seaboard also places enormous pressure on Acadia, with over two million visitors a year straining the park’s resources. On the other hand, Acadia is an excellent example of how a national park can be created from private land. Over the past century, Acadia National Park had been expanded and protected as one of the nation’s most beloved national parks.
Sierra Club National Outings is an equal-opportunity provider and will operate under a permit from Acadia National Park.