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Flying Mountain, Acadia Mountain, St. Sauveur Mountain
Southwest Harbor, ME, Mount Desert, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Flying Mountain Trail
Looking down the Flying Mountain Trail

Route: Flying Mountain Trail, (Flying Mountain), Flying Mountain Trail, Valley Cove Road, St. Sauveur Trail, Valley Peak Trail, Acadia Mountain Trail, (Acadia Mountain), Acadia Mountain Trail, St. Sauveur Trail, Valley Cove Road

Trails were mostly dry and in good shape.

Started off going over Flying Mountain, which was a short but somewhat steep ascent. Nice views from the summit ledges. Steep drop down to Valley Cove.

I had hoped to hike along the Valley Cove Trail, however it was closed for falcon nesting season, so I was forced to take Valley Cove Road (gated fire road) back, then head up the St. Sauveur Trail up over Valley Peak (not really a peak, and trail doesn't go to the high point), then along the east cliffs of Sauveur (fantastic views), then steeply down the north side of the Valley Peak Trail to the col.

The eastern side of the Acadia Mountain Trail was fantastic with lots of views and some ledge scrambles. The west side of the trail was a little less rugged and scenic, but still neat. Acadia Mountain on its own would be a worthy hike.

The St. Sauveur portion of the hike wasn't terribly scenic, but the Valley Peak area views on the way back down were still great.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Flying Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Acadia Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: St. Sauveur Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Parking Elevation: 40'
Destination: Flying Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:08
Trailhead Elevation: 30'
Summit Elevation: 284'
Distance: 0.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 264'
Destination: Acadia Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:26
Trailhead Elevation: 284'
Summit Elevation: 681'
Vertical Gain: 1,361'
Destination: St. Sauveur Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:37
Trailhead Elevation: 681'
Summit Elevation: 690'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 620'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:40
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,275'


The Flying Mountain Trail trailhead off Fernald Point Road
The Flying Mountain Trail trailhead off Fernald Point Road

Looking southeast at the Narrows from Flying Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking southeast at the Narrows from Flying Mountain

Looking up the Acadia Mountain Trail
Looking up the Acadia Mountain Trail

Looking at Somes Sound from Acadia Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Somes Sound from Acadia Mountain

The St. Sauveur Trail on the way to St. Sauveur Mountain
The St. Sauveur Trail on the way to St. Sauveur Mountain

Looking northeast from the height of land on the Valley Peak Trail just east of the St. Sauveur highpoint - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast from the height of land on the Valley Peak Trail just east of the St. Sauveur highpoint

Directions to trailhead: From Southwest Harbor, take 102 North, then take a right onto Fernald Point Road. The Flying Mountain Trail trailhead and small parking area will soon be on the left.



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