While on Mount Desert Island, we decided to go for a hike.  I was thinking that a nice little stroll along a gentle trail to the sea would be nice.  Things turned out a little differently.

Since my husband is a Southwest Harbor native, he picked the trail. Warning bells should have gone off when I saw the name of the trail is the Perpendicular Trail up the side of Mansell Mountain. It starts off easily and then the climbing up granite steps begins.

Sandra Harris

At one point, I saying, "Really?!?" The steps seemed endless and around every turn there was another steep set of stairs to face.

Sandra Harris
Sandra Harris
Sandra Harris

At that point, we were committed to reaching the top. And there was a huge pay off at the peak.

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It was well worth every step. It was an "ahhhh" moment! At the overlook, we could view Southwest Harbor and the nearby islands.

Sandra Harris

Looking to the right, we sighted Bass Harbor. Back to our left, Somes Sound was visible. The hike down the other side of the mountain was a bit different and we had to slide down rock formations on our butts and through the woods. We made it! We headed to a big lunch at a local diner and learned that the trail was considered "strenuous." I'm picking the next hike.

Sandra Harris

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