Tuesday, March 28, 2017

IN SEARCH OF INDIAN PASS - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK


I have always had an interest in a once popular Indian Trail called Indian Pass, which the Island Indians used as a main route connecting their villages in Otter Creek to Bar Harbor, than named Eden.  They also had a village in the area of Sieur de Monts spring area.  Indian Pass was also on George B. dorr's mind as he purchased sections of land containing the old trail, and his once popular bike trail around Beaver Pond (across the roadway from Bear Brook Picnic Area)  was built along a section of Indian Pass.  Todays Kane trail follows a section of Indian Pass, but once you reach an intersection of Cannon  Brook trail and Murry Young trail, Indian Trail ends. 
But many years ago it made a turn by this intersection and continued on to the left, moving along a stream as it made its way to Otter Creek.

INDIAN PASS - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK



We went to the area hoping to find evidence of that missing section of Indian Pass, beginning at that intersection and moving to the left as old maps show the trail went.  Right off we found several rock piles which had been placed along the center of a dried out stream bed.  We followed those until they stopped, and moved from the dried stream bed up into the woods, where we discovered a flat open stretch that appeared as though it might of once been a trail, see photos and decide for yourself.
In some sections there were even some long fallen tree limbs placed along the worn stretch we followed, but soon it ended as we approached a swampy area ahead.  The swampy area, or wetland area, was too damp or wet to cross, and we did see a way around it, but were running out of time, as usual on such searches, and had to turn back.

INDIAN PASS _ ACADIA NATIONAL PARK


As we made our way back to the Kane trail, this time we moved further away from the trail we found, higher up the hillside, in hopes of finding something higher up, but had no luck.
The questions we never got to answer was did that long open stretch running through the woods continue on the other side of the swampy area, and did that dry stream bed serve as a route past the swampy area?    We do hope to return to the area this coming year and spend a bit more time scouting out the area.

INDIAN PASS - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK


So why did we run short of dayling in our search for Indiam Pass you might ask?  We got distracted as we were hiking in on the Kane trail, and when we came to the Ladder Trail that leds up Dorr Mountain, decided to give it a try.  Sadly, we had had several days of rain beofre hand, and we could only safely get so high up the Ladder trail.  We were forced to turn back due to very dangerous footing.

DORR MOUNTAIN LADDER TRAIL _ ACADIA NATIONAL PARK


DORR MOUNTAIN LADDER TRAIL _ ACADIA NATIONAL PARK


DORR MOUNTAIN LADDER TRAIL _ ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

1 Comments:

At March 29, 2017 at 2:36 PM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

Great exploring! :) Next time you do the Ladder Trail, try looking for the "abandoned" original upper portion of the Ladder Trail (if you haven't already found it). It's not too hard to find and when you do, you'll know it.

 

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