Acadia National Park– OUt and Back hike from Hunter’s Beach parking area
Distance: 4 miles total. There’s one way up and back unless you take the carriage road on Day, then it could be extended.
Location: Seal Harbor, Maine. Just off route 3 on Cooksey Rd.
Parking: Not much parking. Probably room for 4 cars with the possibility of a couple along the roadside. It’s a narrow road.
Use: Good for hiking only except for Day Mt Carriage roads which are great for x-country skiing, biking, snowshoeing.
Wildlife: High use area so only saw a couple snakes and the usual squirrels.
Wilderness Experience: These are well used trails for the most part and the easy access to the beach makes for a lot of foot traffic. The Parking lot is only 3/10 mile from the beach, an easy walk, so lots of people go there. The Hunter’s Cliff trail is outside of Acadia and is less used so there is a bit more seclusion. Day Mountain is a less traveled trail but is intersected by the Carriage Road so it’s not really secluded either. Route 3 foes right through here as well so there is significant traffic noise most of the time.
Trail: Rocks and roots but no serious elevation gain. Some board walks and if you take the Carriage Roads it’s a wide, flat hike up Day Mt.
Summit: Not much view from Day. Broken views from the top to the south.