Mansell Mountain – Acadia National Park

Hey! It’s DD. I recently went for a nice long walk around Long Pond in Acadia National Park, and it reminded me of a great trail Jess and I did back last spring – Mansell Mountain, up the Perpendicular Trail and across the Razorback. Parking for this trail is at Long Pond. In the winter, it’s not too difficult to find – there’s a small lot with a few spots. In the summer, parking is more limited, we had to walk a little, but really, that’s what you’re there for.

You can take a few trails from this parking area, Long Pond Trail is a nice flat walk, and the Perpendicular Trail is the complete opposite ๐Ÿ™‚ Long Pond is absolutely beautiful, in the winter or in summer – or in any season, as you can see.

You hit a nice view after a pretty steep climb – totally worth it. The views are awesome. On this particular day in April, I forgotten my microspikes, but I didn’t realize it until we had gotten to the trailhead. #rookie! I decided to give it a shot, Jess had an extra stableicer, ย just in case, but it turned out ok. I clearly didn’t die.

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After we made it through the sketchy part, the views were astounding! We ascended until we reached a nice view point, where we made sure to take every advantage of.

 

LOL. It’s Long Pond, not Echo Lake. #facepalm

We started descending, and we were debating on hitting another peak (Bernard), but we decided lunch was our preferred option! I may, or may not have butt slid, unintentionally, but I survived.

We hit the Razorback Trail, and enjoyed it! It’s called the Razorback because of the mini peaks.

We tried our hands at the self portrait, but clearly I need some help. Stay tuned. The descent down Razorback was great! Nice views on Mansell Mountain and a great trail. This would be amazing in the fall!

The trail is about 2.4 miles and has about 915 feet in elevation gain – which would be no problem in the summer, but was a challenge in the winter – it definitely slowed us down. Plus I had no microspikes. BUT plenty of bruises to prove it. I don’t recommend it. ๐Ÿ™‚

After we were done, we were SO HUNGRY. We were looking for some tater tots, so we hit up the Dog and Pony Tavern. BEST TOTS EVER. and Bloody Marys.

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