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Orono Bog

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Location: Orono, Maine
Date: October 6, 2007


The Orono Bog is a National Natural Landmark that is a part of the Caribou Bog complex, the largest peatland in Maine. The bog has a boardwalk that is 4,200 feet long. This boardwalk starts in upland forest and goes into forested wetlands before emerging into the open bog. The boardwalk forms a loop in the open bog and has several information signs along it.


To get to the bog you should turn to go to the Bangor City Forest from Stillwater Avenue. Then follow the trails from the parking lot at the end of the road to the bog entrance. The boardwalk is only open during daylight hours and is closed in winter.







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Acadia Mountain, ME

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Elevation: 681 feet
Elevation gain: 390 feet
Distance: 2.8 miles round trip
Class: 1
Location: Acadia National Park, Maine
Date: ~August 29, 2007


Acadia Mountain was my first hike in both Acadia National Park and Maine. Acadia Mountain rises above the western side of Somes Sound, the only fjord in the United States outside of Alaska. There are several ways to hike the mountain, the easiest of which is an out-and-back from the trailhead on the west side of Echo Lake. I hiked this as a loop ascending the Acadia Mountain Trail from Echo Lake and then descending the eastern side of the mountain above Somes Sound. Most of the trail is over bedrock, as are most hikes in Acadia. the descent was a bit steeper than the ascent, and there were a few very good views from near the top, but otherwise there weren't may. I returned to the trailhead via a closed dirt road along Man of War Brook. This is the shortest possible loop.


There are several other longer loop possibilities that included hik…