Penobscot Mountain via Jordans cliff trail

Trip Start Aug 10, 2013
Trip End Aug 31, 2013

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Today was free of organised activities, so we decided it was a good hiking day.  We reviewed the maps and the hike descriptions given to us by the owner of the house.  She described the hike to Penobscot mountain via the Jordan cliff traill as her 11 year olds favourite hike and that she had been doing it since she was 6 or 7.  The trail is described as involving metal rungs and log bridges so not for the faint of heart.  Seemed right up our street.

We woke up though to a low mist hugging the bay, so took our time getting out so see if the mist would clear.  By 11ish, it hadn't much, but we packed the car for all eventualities and set out for Jordans Pond.  Incredibly, when we got there, there was no mist or cloud, so after a tussle for a car parking space, we were booted up, lunch packed and after a debate of whether we needed waterproofs but opted for fleeces off we went.  Fleeces indeed!! Half an hour up the trail and the sweat was dripping off James and I, not so much for Mr Cool and Mr Cool jnr! The trail split and we followed the cliff trail aiming to come down the Penobscot trail.  

It certainly is not for the faint hearted as you are basically hugging a cliff side for about a mile, but wow, the views were amazing.  At some of the trickier parts, the NPS have helpfully put iron rung type  handles into the cliff to help you over ledges and at one point, there is a brilliant wooden step bridge.  I led and James sure footedly followed every step, Robert followed on and Phil at the back.  We really do have two little rock monkeys or mountain goats.  At no point were we or they worried, they took it steadily and surely and were brilliant.  Robert had a wee wobble about 100 metres from the top as he was tired and hot, but plodded on and we were rewarded with the most amazing 360 degree views, a nice breeze and our sandwiches.  The top of the mountain is a bit of an intersection for various trails and we saw number of people appearing from different directions and then disappearing off on another trail.  Although there was not a cloud in the sky, we could see the sea mist still hugging the islands down below, it was quite amazing.

The trail down was quite straightforward following the little cairns, although there was two steep sections that involved my patented "sit on bottom and ease yourself down" technique which the boys are now expert at

Back in the car, as we were on the loop road we drove up Cadillac mountain, the highest point in the park.  I will confess, after the trail, it was a bit of an anticlimax.  It was busy and although the views were good, the mist had some in more and it was all a bit hazy, so back home via the supermarket for dinner.

Tomorrow, we had hoped to go fishing, but were advised that most of the fish have left the bay and would need to go quite far out to catch anything, so we opted for a fun trip recommended by the Evans family. Watch this space for our update on Diver Ed's dive in theatre onboard the good ship Starfish Enterprise!!
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Janet Burden on

Amazing photographs, looked a tricky hike but well worth it for the amazing views.

cusan on

(Lyn) some amazing pictures and looks lioke that trail was perfect for young and old rock hoppers !

cusan on

Maybe something to add to our list for when we's getting longer every day! Luce

cusan on

PS say hello to Diver Ed! Really hope you enjoy. Luce

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