Norumbega Mountain, Acadia National Park

My kids and I hiked Norumbega Mountain today to celebrate a cold 30 degree Thanksgiving Eve day.   This is an excellent hike and ranks among my favorite hikes in Acadia.  

Rising 600 feet, the initial 0.6 miles up the Goat Trail is steep and was made significantly more challenging by ice on the trail.   The trail levels out at the summit, traveling over a mile along a wooded ridgeline with occasional dramatic views of the surrounding area.  The trail then dips down through pine forests blanketed with moss before reaching Hadlock Pond.  The return trail passes an unexpected waterfall before eventually reaching the parking.

Our total hike today was 3.3 miles.  Here is a map of our hike. 


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