Monday, August 21, 2017

THE ACADIA YOU HAVEN'T SEEN by Matthew Marchon

Hot off the press as they say is the newest tool in discovering the experience of locating and exploring secret locations and abandoned trails in Acadia National Park.  The name of the book pretty much says it all, "The Acadia You Haven't Seen - Abandoned Trails and Forgotten Places," by Matthew Marchon. 
When it comes to researching and locating hidden and secret places within Acadia National Park, no one covers this stuff like Matt does, as he is gifted as a writer as well as a photographer.  Weather it be abandoned trails, phantom trails, ghost trails, or abandoned and forgotten places within  the National Park, no one covers it the way Matthew Marchon does, and for this reason this book is a must have for your book shelf.  I predict this off trail hiking guide will be one of those books that people will be reaching for just as they do with Pathmakers - so if you have any interest at all in Abandoned Trails or learning more about the forgotten places in Acadia National Park, this book is for you.

To order a copy of THE ACADIA YOU HAVEN'T SEEN click on the link below.

THE ACADIA YOU HAVEN'T SEEN Vol. 1
THE ACADIA YOU HAVEN'T SEEN - Kindle Edition



Sunday, August 20, 2017

JUST FOR FUN - WHERE IS IT?

Just for fun.....WHERE IS IT? 

Where is the arched stone bridge below located?  In all likelihood if you have ever visited Acadia National Park, you most likely have passed over it a number of times.  I could not begin to count how many times I have passed over this bridge without ever really seeing it.

A few clues, its located in Acadia National Park, and the paved road that passes beneath the bridge is narrow.


This next photo gives a better view of the arched stone bridge - another clue, the paved narrow road leads down to the ocean.

So this next photo is how you most likely saw the bridge as you passed over it along the Park Loop road, though it hardly looks like a bridge at all.



Okay, this next photo pretty much gives the general location away, I took this photo standing in the parking lot which overlooks the ocean.  To the far right is the triple arched bridge and the Blackwoods Hiking trail is on either side of the bridge

Below is a close up of the triple arched bridge to the far right in the photo above.

The bridge is located along the Park Loop Road, half way between that triple arched bridge in the last photo, and the Fabbri Picnic area By Otter Cliffs.  I have passed over this bridge so many times, on foot, in a car, and on bike, and never once looked over the edge of it and seen the narrow road that passes under the bridge.
The narrow road itself begins not far from the Fabbri Picnic area, along the Otter creek road, on the left as your leaving the area of the Picnic area.
The road snakes its way through the woods, passing under the stone arched bridge, before turning the corner and ending at a small paved parking lot.  A boat landing perhaps?  Even at high tide I would think it near impossible to get a boat off a boat trailer there, and there is no place to back up to the waters edge.  Perhaps it a place to put Kayaks into the water, since the water there is fairly calm?
We spent nearly an hour there without ever seeing another person, so I would like to think of it as a secret pocket of quietness in the heart of Acadia National Park.  It was so quiet and peaceful there it was hard to get up and leave...

ANOTHER ABANDONED TRAIL LOCATED

At the moment we don't know exactly what to call this trail, but yeah, we spent the other day by the picnic area by Otter Cliffs.  We took a photo of the monument there, searched around in the woods not far from the bathrooms and located what appears to be a old well capped off with a very large arched slab of granite, you can still see the well under the slab.
Our real goal was to walk the Otter Cliffs trail to get some photos of the cliffs where Kathy Frost had been pushed off the cliff to her death by her husband, the story is on my site Deaths In Acadia national Park in chronological order.  We also did a blog People Killed In Acadia National Park..
So we got the photos of the cliffs we wanted and walked back through the picnic area and out onto the Otter Creek Road a short ways, when I saw a small field I wanted to check out.  To the far left corner of the field was a couple of apple tree's plum full of apples.  The apples were on the small side and sour, too bad, there was a number of apple pies just begging to be made.
As I was taking photos of the apple tree's, I noticed what appeared to look like a trail in the woods on the other side of the apple tree, so we checked it out.  Sure enough, it was an old trail, or road.  My son say road, but to me it appears to be too narrow for a road, but it was in very good shape for how old it was, as you can see in the photos.  Clear away some of the fallen tree's and you have a ready to go trail.
So to the left of the trail we could see one end of it, blocked off by two large boulders, with tree's and brush blocking the view of the trail from the Otter Creek road.  So we followed the trail to the right, and for most of the way the trail remained in very good condition and very easy to follow.  But the final forth of the trail the good path we had been following quickly ended in what amounted to a deer trail, which we continued to follow.  It led to a large parking lot which I would guess was located just up past the Gorham Mountain Parking Lot.
We need to do one more trip back there to see if there is more to this trail, we will update on it in a week or two.  Until than you can see the photos we took of the trail the other day.

The Monument at Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park
Apple Tree - Acadia National Park
Otter Cliff Road can be seen from one end of abandoned trail - Acadia national Park








Crashing Waves - Park Loop Road - Acadia National Park



Monday, June 5, 2017

OLD SKI SLOPE OF MCFARLAND MOUNTAIN

MCFARLAND MOUNTAIN WEATHER MONITORING STATION
We finally made the trip to McFarland Mountain and the old ski slope.  We were surprised the Weather Station the Park Service has in place on the mountain side was as close to the road as it was.  It is a ways in at the end of a dirt road, which is gated, but we had expected it to be much further up the mountain side.


I really didn't know what to expect as far as the weather monitoring station goes, but clearly I was not expecting there to be two small buildings there.  I have seen photos of the weather monitoring gear in the large field, so that was expected.
It was our first trip to the Mountain, and we expected  that we would need to spend some time in locating this path or trail I have read about which leads you to the ski slope.

Worn Path
But once we reached the monitoring station parking lot, I simply followed the edge of the woods around the corner and there it was, a well worn path through a field with a few tree's.
The path headed right straight to the edge of the woods, when my son spotted rusting metal parts by a large rock at the edge of the field.

One of the chair lift suppoorts
We walked over to it to examine it closer, and it turned out to be some rusting metal parts from a chair lift.  There was also a concrete platform which had served as one of the supports for the chair lift, oddly we could only locate that one support.
Between the support and a large rock was more rusting metal parts as well as a large electrical box.  There was also cables running across the grounds.
A short ways always we located more rusting parts just inside the treeline, with more rusting cables.
From there we followed the ski slope up almost to the summit, than follow a worn path around the corner to the rock pile marking the summit. 
There may be more up there as far as the old ski slope goes, but we didn't find anything else other than the two sites on the map.
View looking up the ski slope - Mcfarland Mountain - Acadia National Park

So this trip turned out to be a pretty easy adventure, and went much quicker than we had thought it would.  The dirt road leading from the Eagle lake Road up to the weather monitoring station is gated, but oddly there is not a single sign telling people not to enter the area, so we took that as an open invitation.
So how do you reach the site - that is pretty easy.  From Bar Harbor, drive out along the Eagle Lake Road, route 233.  Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor runs right out to route 233.

Drive past Eagle Lake, cross a bridge and head uphill.  The road continued on and rounds a curve, near the end of the curve is the entrance to the Acadia National Park Eagle Lake Headquarters.  A short ways beyond their headquarters, on the right hand side of the road, look for a dirt road with a gate across it - that is the road leading up to the Weather Monitoring Station.

 There is at least one piece which stated that Acadia National Park once had their headquarters or sleeping quarters located on Young's Mountain, however this is not true.  The CCC did build a trail along with a very small log cabin on Young's Mountain.  the tiny cabin served as a shelter for rangers to get into during bad weather as well as a place to spend the night if need be.  These tiny "shelter" cabins were located on Young's Mountain, McFarland mountain, Western Mountain, Oak Hill and at Sieur de Monts Spring.

SUMMIT OF MCFARLAND MOUNTAIN - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

More rusting chair lift parts

View of Eagle Lake Road from Dirt Road

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

KEBO MOUNTAIN GRANITE MINING SITE

While hiking the Stratheden Trail nearly 20 years ago, I passed an area along the official trail that looked like it was an unmarked trail, so today we went back to that area in hopes we would be able to find it again.  Once again we forgot the bug spray and the bugs were relentless, but we did find what we set out to find, an unmarked trail.

Okay, as we began hiking along it we soon realized this was no trail, this was in fact an old abandoned road.  You could still see the itre groves, and the entire left hand side of the old road was well built up and lined with rocks - see photos.  But no sooner had we begun to wonder where the road went to, that it suddenly came to an end.  The area where it ended had towering walls of granite that were smooth and perfectly flat, and clearly appeared to be an old granite mining site.
And on a large rock was a pile of rusting metal parts, a few of the parts seemed to clearly have come off of some sort of truck or machine.  Check out the photos and see what you think.

So we poked around the entire area searching for more signs of anything that might be there and found nothing.  So we decided to make our way up the mountain side oven an open area and soon came to the woods, and there amid piles of what appeared to be cut granite, one large piece proved this area was once a granite mining area.  It had the tell tale grooves evenly spaced along one side.
 Here the drainage ditch veers right away from the official trail, this is where the abandoned road begins.

So to find the general area of tall walls of granite and rusting metal parts, hike along the Stratheden Trail and pay attention to the drainage ditch on the right hand side of the trail not far into the hike.  At one point a long section of the ditch makes a sudden right hand turn and actually begins to go up the abandoned road.  And you don't have to go up the old road very far before you see how one side of the road is lined with large rocks.
 Here you can see how rocks line one side of the old road.


The hardest part of finding this location is in first finding the Stratheden Trail, which is very easy to miss.  Begin by driving or biking along the one way section of the Park Loop Road.  You will soon pass the pull over for the Cadillac North Ridge Trail.  The road than goes down hill, and crosses a large stone bridge - the start of the Gorge Trail is below the bridge.


Continue down the road until you come to a long cruve, half way through the long curve is the Kebo Mountain Trail Head.  As soon as you exit the long curve, slow and look for a very tiny pull over on the left and side of the road, that is where the Stratheden Trail begins.  The pull over is large enough for one, maybe two cars at the most.

MAP OF KEBO MOUNTAIN - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Saturday, May 27, 2017

ABANDONED SEAL COVE SHIP WRECK

MYSTERIOUS SHIP WRECK OF SEAL COVE

It is a mystery because no one seems to know much about the ship wreck or how the large ship came to be where its remains are located today.  An older gentleman recalls playing on the wreck when he was a young boy. 
In most pieces I have found on this ship wreck, the Park Service has stated they wanted the ship wreck's location kept a secret, however, documents found online tell the location of the wreck.  There are also a number of photos of the ship's remains as well as photos of what the ship might of looked like.
The ship is said to have been a large vessel, the kind most often used to carry passengers.  
On a video showing Park Rangers at the site, it is said that the vessel entered a narow cove and either crashed or came to rest on the far side of the cove in an area that is mud at low tide.  So to access the crash site one would have to arrive in the area at low tide.  It's location as described below appears in a free online PDF on the ship wreckage;
"The shipwreck is located on the north shore
of  the  eastern  end  of  Seal  Cove,  on  Mount 
Desert  Island,  in  the  intertidal  zone  (
fig
.  5). 
East  of  the  main  part  of  the  cove,  the  site  is 
next  to  a  narrow  channel  that  is  nearly  dry  at 
low  tide,  limiting  the  draft  of  vessels  able  to 
enter. The site was reported by local informants
in  2006  and  listed  with  the  Maine  Historic 
Archaeological  Sites  Inventory  in  July  2007  by 
Anthony Booth of Independent Archaeological
Consulting  (Maine  Historic  Preservation 
Commission 2007: 1–2; Price 2007)."
On a video showing Park Rangers at the site, it is said that the vessel entered a narow harbor and either crashed or came to rest on the far side of the harbor in an area that is mud at low tide.

 PDF OF SEAL COVE SHIP WRECK PROJECT

SEAL COVE SHIPWRECK PROJECT WEBSITE 

THE BRIDGES OF SEAL COVE











ABANDONED CRASH SITE - CEDAR SWAMP MOUNTAIN

Cedar Swamp Mountain holds a secret many don't know of, a secret that claimed the lift of retired Air force Captain Robert McGaunn. 
He refueled at Boston's Logan International Airport, before continuing on with his flight.  While flying through bad weather from PA to Newfoundland, his plane suddenly disappeared without a trace.  A search was conducted for the missing plane but nothing was found. 
Three months later a pilot from nearby Trenton Maine flying over Cedar Swamp Mountain spotted the wreckage and reported it in.  The body of the pilot was recovered, but the wreckage of the plane was left on the mountain side. 
The pilot died strapped into his seat and the seat still rests near the mountain top.  The crash site and its wreckage is said to be located very close to the top of the summit.  The plane crash took place on 30 June 1970.

CEDAR SWAMP MOUNTAIN - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK





CEDAR SWAMP MOUNTAIN PLANE CRASH VIDEO

JOE'S GUIDE TO CEDAR SWAMP MOUNTAIN

THE MEMORIALS OF ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - PLANE CRASH