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 🙂 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, 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.
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. 🙂
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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