|Plaque describing how Schoodic Peninsula became public|
|People enjoying the sun at Schoodic Point|
|Surf at Schoodic Point|
|Surf at Schoodic Point|
When you are done with the views here, drive back to the one way road and turn right onto it. In about .5 miles there will be a sign on the right for the Blueberry Hill Parking area. Pull in here for the hiking trails. There is no bathroom or drinking water here.
|View from the road at the Blueberry Hill Parking area|
I am going to describe each of the four trails separately, and then I will describe a single loop hike that will take you to all the best features of each.
Alder Trail and Schoodic Head Trail: Although technically separate trails they really combine into a single trail that summits Schoodic Head. Walk up to the road from the Blueberry Hill Parking area. Right across from the parking entrance is the start of Alder Trail. This rises very gently on a grassy abandoned road. In .6 miles you will come to a dirt road. Continue straight for .1 miles to the Schoodic Head Trail. It will be on the right. Schoodic Head Trail is another .7 miles to the summit of Schoodic Head. It rises somewhat moderately over roots and rocks. Just before the summit are good views to the west. (It was too cloudy to get any pictures to share.) It took me 40 minutes to go the 1.4 miles with a 400 foot elevation change.
|Just a few roots to walk over on the Schoodic Head Trail|
Anvil Trail: Walk up to the road from the Blueberry Hill Parking area. Turn right and walk up the road about a tenth of a mile. The trailhead will be on the left. This trail has a series of small rises over rocky upthrusts, followed by small descents. For more than half the 1.1 mile distance not much net elevation is gained. At .3 miles from the start watch for a sign on the left to take a short side trip to “The Anvil”. This is an overlook for Schoodic Point. When you are done here retrace your steps to the Anvil Trail and turn left to continue. Most of the 400 foot elevation gain to Schoodic Head is done in the last portion of this trail. Because of the ups and downs prior to this last rise, this trail features the largest total elevation change.
|View of Schoodic Point from The Anvil|
East Trail: This is the steepest of the four trails, although it is also the shortest at .5 miles to the summit. There is a great overlook near the summit. You can park at the trailhead for this by pulling off the side of the one way road .9 miles past the Blueberry Hill Parking area.
|View of Spruce Point from the scenic overlook on East Trail|
Recommended hike to combine the best of all trails: Unlike the bare mountain tops on the east side of
Mount Desert Island, Schoodic Head is wooded enough that there are no views from the actual summit. Instead the views are at locations on each of the three trails. This hike will take you to each of these views, and includes a scenic walk on part of the one way road.
Walk up to the road from the Blueberry Hill Parking area. Turn right and walk up the road about a tenth of a mile. Take the Anvil Trail left off this road. In .3 miles you will see a sign for “The Anvil”. Take this short side trip for a view of Schoodic Point. When you are done return to the trail and continue all the way to the summit of Schoodic Head. From here take the Schoodic Head Trail a short distance to great views of
Mount Desert Island.
When you are done here, return to the summit and this time take the East Trail. In a short distance there will be a sign on the left for a scenic overlook. Take this path about .2 miles to 180 degree views from
Mount Desert Island to the west through the Spruce Point peninsula to the east. When you are done here, return to the East Trail. Turn left and descend somewhat steeply at first, then moderately to the one way road. Turn right and walk back .9 miles a little uphill to the Blueberry Hill Parking area. There is no separate walking trail like the Ocean Trail beside the Park Loop Road in the main part of the park, but the traffic here is much lighter and can easily switch to the left lane of the road. It is also grassy beside the road and you can step off it easily, if you wish. In fact, I spent time exploring down onto rocks along the way back. I also enjoyed the views more because I was traveling the road much slower than in a car.
|Rolling Island just off the coast of the Schoodic Peninsula|
|Rocky beach opposite Rolling Island|
|View of a beach and small peninsula on the walk back to the Blueberry Hill Parking area|
|Large birds (ducks? terns?) cleaning their feathers|
After you have finished all the hiking you want to do, drive back to the one way road and turn right. Continue for another couple miles and the road becomes two way. It will then connect to Route 186. Turn left onto this and drive back through
Cumulative distance: 3.1 miles round trip
Cumulative elevation gain: 600 feet
Cumulative duration: 1 hour 45 minutes