Acadia: Summits to Ocean Inn-based

Bangor, ME

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning Coastal HIkes
  • Premier Seaside Lodging
  • Summit of Cadillac Mountain
  • Wonderful Northeastern Cuisine
  • Local Bar Harbor Lodging
  • Ocean Ferry to Schoodic Peninsula
  • Fascinating Natural & Cultural History

Description

This classic New England adventure is a 4-day odyssey featuring spectacular hiking in Acadia National Park and an all-around experience of everything coastal Maine has to offer.   We base at a premium, seaside hotel in beautiful Bar Harbor and venture each day into Acadia National Park to hike, explore, learn and discover.  We hike along mountain summit ridges, traverse rocky coastlines and walk through dense Spruce forests as we cover much of Mount Desert Island. We will also explore beyond the island with an ocean ferry to the stunning Schoodic Peninsula. 

Your Guide will prepare delicious trail lunches and each night we will retire to the comfort of our Bar Harbor lodge to dine on locally caught seafood and enjoy evening oceanside walks.  In short, this Acadia hiking tour features the best of New England’s most famous national park, and is a true bucket list adventure! 

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4 Days
$2940 Per Person
$900 Single Supplement

$900 Single Supplement

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-8 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 19MI / 30KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip follows generally well maintained trails, with some walking in unmaintained areas such as beaches and tidal zones. With light day packs and generally moderate distances and elevation gains/losses, this tour is a solid Level 2 Difficulty.

Hiking Distances:

4-8 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs

Terrain:

Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

1885 ft

Heights Exposure:

Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on lightly rugged terrain
  • Hiking with occasional, moderate heights exposure

SOLITUDE LEVEL 1

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Acadia National Park trip a solitude 1. You can expect to be around other hikers most of the time.

This tour originates in Bangor, ME. Bangor International Airport is serviced by most major airlines and from many large airports around the United States, and even the world.

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle: 90 min
  • Hiking Distance: 7.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain/loss: 500 ft

Our adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Bangor, ME and a short drive to the visitors center in Acadia, where we will board the Island Explorer shuttle and enjoy a short but scenic ride to Sand Beach. We will begin our inaugural trek on rocky terrain descending toward the Great Head of Acadia. The views are unparalleled and provide sweeping panoramas of the Gulf of Maine and surrounding peaks. As we continue on, we will make our way through pink granite cliffs and Birch forests looping back to the trailhead. From here, we will head south along the coast toward Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff, one of the most stunning overlooks along the Atlantic. Your guide will prepare a tasty trail lunch as we pause to take in the breathtaking views and watch for marine wildlife.

After lunch we will embark on a last hike of the day to Jordan Pond. One of the most iconic hikes in the park, this glacially carved lake is surrounded by lush green mountains and is a perfect cap off to the day. We will enjoy a short drive to our lodging in Bar Harbor, get cleaned up and meet for a delicious, New England dinner.

Day 2

  • Shuttle time: 30 Min
  • Hiking Distance: 4.3+ miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1885 ft

Today we embark on a double summit hike up to Dorr Mountain and Cadillac Mountain, the latter of which is the highest point within 25 miles of the East Coast at 1,527 feet. Cadillac Mountain is surrounded by stunning panoramas and includes sweeping vistas of coastal islands, Bar Harbor proper, spruce forests and dramatic granite cliffs. We will take as much time as we’d like on the summit as your guide prepares a picnic lunch. After lunch we will loop back to our starting point and – if time allows – visit one of Bar Harbor’s many museums or enjoy a beach walk along the coast.

Day 3

  • Ferry: 45 Min
  • Shuttle: 50 min
  • Hiking Distance: 3.15+ mi
  • Elevation Gain/loss: 880 ft

Our hike today takes us to the exciting Schoodic Peninsula. We will enjoy a short ferry from Bar Harbor east across Winter Harbor to reach our destination. From here, we begin our hike from the coast up to Schoodic Head, providing many overlooks of the stunning surf along the Atlantic Coast, and a great view of Little Moose Island. We will stop to savor the view, have a tasty trail lunch and loop back, crossing over the “Anvil” and Blueberry Hill along the way. Post hike, we will hop back on the public shuttle system, then the ferry and make a few more stops along the way at worthwhile viewpoints.

Day 4

  • Shuttle: 1 hour
  • Hiking Distance: 3.35+ mi
  • Elevation Gain/loss: 1000ft

Today we will begin with a scenic shuttle toward Bass Harbor on the quieter southwest side of Mount Desert Island, stopping about halfway for a hike up to Beech Mountain. Our loop ascent starts out fairly level, then climbs quickly up the slopes of the peak for well-deserved views. After a snack we will zig-zag back down the other side of the mountain to our vehicle. Continuing on, we will make our way to Bass Harbor. During our visit here, we will take a walk along the coast and, if parking allows, explore a local lighthouse. After a packed full morning and early afternoon, we will have a last lunch together, and your Guide will transport you back to Bangor, ME for the conclusion of our tour.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Trip Details

Trip Details

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Three nights of lodging
  • Use of trekking poles and a day pack
  • All meals are included from breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Maine hiking guide
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Clothes, raingear and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

MEALS: WHAT TO EXPECT

We provide all your meals from lunch the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day’s activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we’re more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

For dinners, we’ve hand-picked local restaurants you’re sure to enjoy! We made our decisions based on the quality of their food, their charm, and how much local color and character they have.

GEAR WE PROVIDE

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

WHAT GEAR TO BRING

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

WHAT CLOTHES TO BRING

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

WHERE DO WE MEET?

You will meet your hiking guide and group the morning of Day 1 in Bangor, ME. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate the exact time and location of the rendezvous, which will depend on guest accommodations, current weather and other conditions.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

START/END TIMES

Your guide will coordinate the first day’s rendezvous time approximately 2 weeks before the trip. Generally, you can expect it to be between 7 and 9 a.m., although the exact time will depend on current conditions. We will be back to Bangor on the last day normally before 5 PM.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry an emergency communication device. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

GUIDES

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

GUIDE SHIFTS

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

GROUP SIZE AND AGE RESTRICTIONS

The standard group size on inn-based trips is 7 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 8 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Accommodations

Accommodations

Bar Harbor Inn

3 Nights

Located harborside in the heart of Bar Harbor overlooking Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands, the Bar Harbor Inn is an iconic and historic New England lodge with genuine Maine hospitality, superior service, and timeless charm. Its beautifully landscaped eight acres offer a private retreat with easy walking access to unique shops, art galleries and waterfront activities in downtown Bar Harbor.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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