Alpha Guide: Hiking Acadia’s Precipice Trail

Challenging and exposed with views for days, Acadia National Park’s Precipice Trail is mile-for-mile one of the best hikes in New England. If there’s one trail in Acadia National Park you’ve heard about, it’s likely the Precipice Trail. It’s as “Acadian” an experience as viewing the sunrise from the summit of Cadillac Mountain, getting popovers at the Jordan Pond House, or consuming...

Hiking Acadia’s Ladder Trails

Acadia National Park is known far and wide for its dramatic natural beauty, the vivid contrast of mountain and sea creating a dreamscape of bald ridgelines, sweeping ocean views, and granite cliffs that dive straight into the tide. In the spaces between, dense woodlands and immaculate waterways offer no relief from the splendor. It’s paradise, in a complete, uncompromising, and distinctly New...

VIDEO: Photographing the Milky Way Over Acadia

Video and text by Kris Roller Video help from Nick Girard Behind every great photo lies a story, one that describes the process and events leading up to the photograph. To me, the amount of planning and effort you put into its creation makes it that much better, and no photos require more work and preparation than astrophotos. When planning a shoot that involves the night sky, you have to...

Hike, Swim, Repeat: The Beehive Trail at Acadia National Park

On my last trip to Acadia, I discovered that I have a problem with the Northeast’s only contribution to the National Parks: Between the epic climbing, great biking, and scenic hiking, there is just too much to do. Once you add in visiting sites such as Thunder Hole, watching the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, and grabbing a pint or two at Bar Harbor Beerworks, there is little time for resting...

Hidden Gem: Acadia’s Tidal Pools

For many hikers on the East Coast, myself included, Acadia National Park is beloved and cherished, and much of its beauty comes from the surrounding water. But, most don't think to look there, let alone consider it a reason to love the park.   On a trip to Acadia this summer, I tried to explore parts I hadn’t seen before and focused on seeing Acadia’s famous tidal pools, located in several...

A First-Timer’s Guide to Acadia National Park, Courtesy of a Local

Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island are the Northeast's gems. Rugged Maine coastline combined with bald granite mountains and an oftentimes rustic New England feel coalesce to provide one of the best experiences you will have this summer. However, be aware that it can be packed with tourists, traffic jams, parking issues, and lobster-everything. Speaking of which, my first piece of...

8 Reasons Not to Be an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

How many times have you said to someone, “Someday I’m going to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.” Probably a hundred times, at least? You’ve been reading AT books and trail journals, you drool over gear at the outfitter stores, you argue with your friends about how to hang a bear bag, and you brag about what great shape you’re in. But maybe thru-hiking the AT is not for you. For...

#goEast on National Park Week: 7 Gems of the Eastern U.S.

Happy #NationalParkWeek! Every April, the National Park Service joins the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s National Parks, to celebrate these amazing places. It’s a great opportunity to learn the history and heritage of our treasures as well as find your park and help out. Each day has a theme to engage with on social media so you can inspire others to join in. Tune...

Doggie Decorum: Trail Etiquette for Hiking with Your Dog

In recent years, there has been a big increase in traffic on the trails of the Northeast. But it’s not just extra boots on the ground—it’s paws too, as more and more dog owners are venturing into the mountains with their four-legged friends. Adventuring with your canine can add enjoyment to an outing, but it also adds responsibility: you’re accountable for your pup’s actions as well as...

52 in 52: The Ultimate Northeast Peakbagger’s Checklist

It’s time to put 2020 in the past (phew!) and start looking ahead. If you dream of filling your 2021 with sitting on craggy mountain tops, running narrow ridgelines, and exploring high places, then we’ve got the list for you. Below are 52 peaks to explore over the next 52 weeks. Hiking along Franconia Ridge. | Credit: Tim Peck Winter Kick off the new year with an ascent of the...