Sunday, June 17, 2018


So yesterday as we were out in the woods following what we think may of been an old survey road, we noticed a rock pile off to the far left by some  open granite.  We went over to check the area out and saw another old dirt road, running in a more uphill direction and began to wonder, was this the old Buckboard Road?  We began to follow it when we came to a wire gate, this was a good sign because in reading about the Buckboard Road I believe i recall there was a wire gate put up at one time.  We continued to follow it until it connected to the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road, and marked the spot with a GPS reading.  We also marked the location of the gate with a GPS reading.
Iron ring on one side of road the wire gate once locked to

This road heads toward the White Cap, where articles say the old buckboard road ran through, on old maps it shows the road cutting through one side of the White Cap.  Across the Summit road we could not find any sign of a road on that side, so most likely this old dirt road  turned left and for a ways followed the route of the current Summit road.  That would fit in with what is known, that when the Summit Road was constructed, it followed sections of the Buckboard road.  I think this still needs a little more research, but the wire gate that locks shut, at least for me, says this very well could be the Buckboard road.

Section of long cable that stretched across the road

wire cable bolted to granite ledge on other side of road
There was one other thing odd about this road, for its entire length is had a thick cable following the entire  right hand side of the road.

thick cable follows entire right hand side of dirt road

GPS for wire gate location
44 22.399N  -  068 13.977W

Road joins Summit Road down steep banking
44 22.184N  -  068 12.915W

Thursday, June 7, 2018



This was suppose to be our second of three abandoned dirt roads we were to explore, but as it turned out, roads two and three actually connect to one another by way of a well worn path.
This second road begins along the Schooner head Road at
N 44 21.644  W 068 11.212

We walked in and followed the road until it came to where it turned in to a path, which split into two ways.  We went right and it became clear that some one helps keep this trail clear, as a number of fallen trees had been moved from the path.  We didn't go far when we could see views of the ocean from the path, and soon came to a less worn path which led straight toward the ocean, which we followed.  I expected we would come to a cliff, but was surprised to see we could easily step down to the rocky shore.  Not really much to see other than a nice view of a island and further out a good view of the Egg Rock Lighthouse.  To the far right there was a number of broken up boards, perhaps the remains of some ones wooden dock that got washed away during a storm.

We did go around the corner to the right and got a different view of the rich castle like estate at Schooner Head which you can also see more clearer from the cliff by Anemone Cave.
Back in the woods we returned to the path we had been following and before long the path became a road with sunken tire marks

.  Just ahead we came to the start of road three and a tiny parking area just big enough for three to four cars.  We turned around and made our way back to road two where we now followed the trail we had not yet gone down, which heads towards the ocean.  Not too far ahead we came to a circle area like it was once a round driveway.

  Beneath large trees was several very large sections of granite, perhaps once a backdrop for a garden.  Toward the right we went  over by a steep cliff and could see a worn path below.  We were looking at that and almost missed the path to the right along the edge of the cliff.  Just a short distance ahead we came to what once must of been a stunning structure.  Enough of the foundation was there to suggest this was once a very rich estate.  I could see where a doorway once looked out over the cliff.

  We carefully made our way across the foundation, square blocks of granite where at odd angles making walking a bit of an adventure.  I was surprised to see the structure was not nearly as large as I had thought it might of been.  We cut through the woods back to the circle driveway and went over to the far laft where we found another foundation.
Round driveway with large granite blocks in center

  Between this foundation and the base of the hill there we found yet another foundation which connected to the first.  The one thing we did not do, which I now wish we had of done was to make our way down to the bottom of that cliff and see where that path led toas we made our way back out we saw in the woods below where there was another driveway which led in the direction of the foundation on the cliff, perhaps there was more to the structure that we missed.

GPS at start of dirt road.
N 44 21.644  W 068 11.212

GPS at cliff with foundations to left and right
N 44 21.864
W 068 10.980



Today we decided to go along the Schooner Head Road and explore three old dirt roads blocked off by stones.  The first road we went down was at N 44 36.232  W 068.18859

I have seen Rangers park by this road and walk in so I was more than a little wondering what was in there.  As we made our way in, we got to a spot where the old road began to climb and the left side of the road was built up with large granite blocks, I never seen anything like it.  I found a safe place where I could get some photos of the side of the road and the further we went the higher the built up granite blocks got - looking down over the edge of the road showed just how much of a drop off it was.

Finally the road, now reduced to a path, went in two directions and we decided to go right because now the right side of the road began to get built up, though nowhere near the extent as the left side of the road was built up.   We than discovered why we had seen rangers going in here - a number of tree's had spray paint markings on them and below the markings was metal tags.

  Some tree's had rubber like bands sticking out of the side of the trees with tags at the end.  Not far away we saw metal pieces of pipe - about the size of straws pounded into the ground in different places.  At the base of one tree was a metal pole with a round piece of metal on top of it with some writing.  I believe it said something about "nature monitoring site,"  though I am not sure what it was they are monitoring.
One of several metal pieces along a open granite circle

We continued past this area and followed the dirt path to a large open area of granite, and in different places around this circular area there was thick metal sections driven deep into the granite with holes in the end of each piece of metal.  It was as if they were once used to hold guide wires for some type of tower that may of been located there.  as it turned out the path ended roght there, so whoever spend all that time and money to build up the sides of the road leading in must of had a good reason for it which seems to have been right there at that open area.  We spotted a fallen tree to the far side of the circle with a worn path and followed that, it led us back to the area whyere the marked trees were.
We walked back out to the Schooner Head Road and headed down the road to the next blocked off dirt road.

GPS for start of this dirt road;
N 44 36.232   W 068.18859

Blocked off dirt road - Schooner Head Road - Acadia National Park

Schooner Head Road - Acadia National Park

Thursday, May 24, 2018


This is a memorial to those who have died or lost their life in Acadia National Park.  The Park Service has told us they do not keep such statistics so we have had to do a lot of research to come up with the information we have.  Gaps between dates does not mean no one died or lost their life in the park that year, it only means we have yet to locate any deaths for those years.  We never realize just how precious life is until someone we love loses theirs.

 April 2016 - Timothy Philpott, age 50, remains found on Parkman Mountain in Acadia National Park.

June 2016 - Mark Simon, age 68, fell from a bluff between Sand Beach and Thunder Hole while attempting to get a photo of a sunset.

July 2016 - Nathan Savage, age 39, died after swimming across Echo Lake.

Sept. 2016 - Abdulrahman M. Alamer, age 21, died after crashing his motorcycle on the Cadillac Summit road.

June 2015 -  Christian Linwood Emigh-Doyle, age 23, died after falling from Duck Brook Bridge along the Paradise Hill Road.

June 2012 - John Baer, age 85, found dead along Schooner Head Trail - the death was not suspicious.

July 2012 -  Shirley Ladd, age 22, died after a fall on the Precipice.

July 2012 - 38 year old man committed  suicide atop Cadillac Mountain.

Jan.  2011 - Duncan Rosborough, 52, was found dead in the park on the Paradise Hill loop trail around 6:45 a.m. Sunday,  after he failed to show up after doing some sking.  It appears he died of nature causes.

Aug. 2009 - Clio Dahyun Axilrod, age 7, was swept off rocks by waves during Hurricane Bill and drown.

Aug.  2000 - Man falls to his death on the Beehive.

Oct. 2008 - Corey O'Brian, age 23, died in the park after a fall from his skate board.

June 2007 - Faith M. Wise, age 56, drown in the area of Schoodic Point.

Aug.  2005 - Stephen Chan, age 22, drown while swimming in Echo Lake.

March 2004 - Benjamin A. Ellis, 21, found dead on Great Hill, an apparent suicide.

April 2004 - Stephen Kennedy, age 63, died after crashing his bike into a closed gate on the Otter cliffs road.

2004 - Emil Lin, in his 20's, drown at Otter Cliffs after attempting to retrieve his shoe from the ocean.

2004 - Joanne Demartini, age 50, dies after falling from a cliff near Sand Beach.

Oct. 2000 - Leslee R. Larson, age 50, murdered after husband pushed her from Otter cliff to collect insurance money.

1999 -  Robert Croteau, age 51, and his wife Margaret, age 63, posed for a photo by the water at  Schoodic Point when a wave swept them out to sea - both drown.

1997 - Michael Domino, age 37, died after falling from an icy ledge on the Precipice.

1997 - Shon Lewis died at the Hulls Cove Visitors Center parking lot after losing control of his snowmobile and crashing into tree's.

Aug. 1993 - a 17 year old boy died after falling from a cliff along the ocean behind Blackwoods Campground.

Oct. 1993 - Douglas Rose, age 20, a student at college of the atlantic, drown after becoming trapped by rising tide in Anemone cave.

1989 - Bartholomew Keohane, age 50, a Prist, died after falling from  Mansell Mountain.

June 1977 - Leslie Spellman, age 27, murdered while on vacation in Acadia National Park, her body was discovered in the tranquil Asticou Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor - her murder has still not been solved.

Oct. 1977 - Fritz Millett, age 22, died from a fall on the Beehive.

June 1970 - Air Force Captain Robert McGaunn died after crashing his plane during bad weather into the side of Cedar swamp Mountain.

1969 - David McKinney, age 19, swept to sea by waves at Great Head while attempting to explore a cave.

Sept. 1963 -  Gerard D.F. Poisson, drowned by Thunder Hole.

1949 - Mrs. Millicent Quinn, age 39, swept off rocks by waves Sept. 1949 and drowned along Ocean Drive.

July 1939 - A young boy working with the C.C.C. Clarence D. Thurlow, died after falling from  a cliff on Beech Mountain.

Nov. 1938 - Park Ranger Karl Andrew Jacobson, while on boundary patrol in Acadia National Park, died after being shot by a  poacher.

Aug. 1934 - Miss Emily McDougall, age 25, was washed out to sea by waves and drowned by Thunder Hole.

Aug. 1932 - Joseph Meuse - age 12, died Aug. 1932 whilr playing at Bakers Island Lighthouse.

May 1931 - Bert H. Young, drown on Long Pond following a boating accident.

Sept. 1929 - Dennis Doonan, dynamite man for the Mccabe Company, was killed after a blasting accident while helping construct the Cadillac summit road.

Dec. 1909 - Adren L. Peach, age 9, fell through ice and drowned at Eagle Lake on Christmas Day wearing a pair of ice skates he recieved as a gift that morning.

Aug. 3, 1853 - Lucreatia K. Douglas, age 12, died after falling from a ledge near the Great Cave.  She may be the youngest person to have died on the Precipice.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018



This really old trail can be found on older maps running from the Kebo Trail up along the Park Loop Road, making a turn away from the gorge parking area and running through the woods until it reaches the official Gorge Trail.  To locate the abandoned trail without a GPS, at the parking area for the gorge Trail by the bridge, face the woods with the road behind you and enter the woods at 11 o'clock (as if you were holding a watch, move in the direction of 11) and this will take you to the very visible trail within minutes.  The trail does not look like a trail, it is wide enough and worn enough to be a road and is so easy to follow. 
Just as a note, in the past I tried to follow the path to the left, it is easy to follow but only to a point when it stops.  I believe when the Park Loop Road was built a section of the path that would of connected to the kebo Trail was destroyed, as the trail was in place long before there was a Loop road.
So follow the trail right, or straight ahead, depending on what angle you arrive at it, and you don't have to go far before you see a tree marked by paint which turns to the left, this was an earlier version of the Gorge Trail and the trail for a long stretch is still in really good shape and fairly easy to follow.  At some point that trail does come to a dead end, the path being buried under rocks and brush to discourage hikers from trying to follow it.
So unless your into simply checking it out, keep following the wide trail, there will be a fallen tree here and there or tree branches poking out into the trail, and  in places the ground can be wet.  as you move along there are a few places where you get close to Kebo stream, we took a break a couple times to get photos of the brook.  Just before this trail joins the official gorge trail, the trail passes through a short section of thick woods and at the end just before the brook there is a high banking of dirt, placed there so hikers on the official trail won't see that older trail and wander down it.
The Gorge Trail has been rebuilt and relocated a number of times over the years by the Park Service and they can't seem to be able to make up their minds as to which side of Kebo Brook they want the trail to run along.  I believe the very first Gorge Trail ran along the right side of the brook at its start, than the park redid the trail, having it run from the parking area down to the brook, where it crossed the brook, than followed very close to the water for a ways before it crossed the brook again and ran down the left side of the brook.  I believe there was at least one more attempt of rerouteing the path before it finally ended up as it is today, follong the right side of the brook at its beginning.
If you look closely as your driving, walking or biking between the gorge Trail and the Kebo Trail, you can see sections of the old wide path through the tree's.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


We had located one section of this abandoned trail down a number of years ago but after a couple tries we finally located other sections of it. This was one of the original Cadillac North Ridge trails that began down by East St. and I believe it is most likely it was abandoned because it crossed private property. Because East Street is private property we did not go down to the street, but it appears the old trail followed the side of a tiny brook, the old trail crosses theofficial hiking trail, GPS on map, and continues to follow the edge of that tiny brook. As the old path gets closer to the One Way section of the Park Loop Road it is wider and smoother going. At the Loop road you cross the roadway at an angle to where you see a small gully going up into the woods. Just before the gully is a storm drain. From there the path is almost a road and very easy to follow until you come to a sharp curve, shortly after the curve the trail just seems to end. We did scout out the area and located two rock piles and that was it. We need to search one more area further up, but what we have documented so far might be the best we can do. On old maps this trail ran upward and connected to the official trail used today


Tuesday, May 15, 2018


This estate burned in the fire of 1947 and was named Barberry Ledge.  It set up pretty high on a hill with a decent ledge not far away, which most likely in its day gave its owners fantastic views of the Cleftstone Road.  The estate was owned by Christine B. Rowell.

This estate was also located along the Cleftstone Road, further down the road from the Archbold Estate.  On the same side of the road as the entrance to the estate, look for telephone pole number 7, the old driveway is close to that pole with a large boulder in it just inside the woods.  The boulder and driveway can be seen from the roadway.  Just like with the Archbold estate, you need to park on the side of route 233 - the Eagle Lake Road or along the side of West Street Extention near that end of the Cleftstone road.
Locating this huge foundation with fireplace was a complete surprise, we had gone into the location hoping to find remains of a trail that passed from Cleftstone road to Great Hill.  We did not find the path,

The foundations are located in the woods off of Cleftstone Road, GPS N 44 23 066 and W 068 13 599