I am happy to report that I have finally seen ALL 17 of Mr. Rockefeller’s bridges, and hiked all but 8 miles (out of 57 miles) of the carriage road system.
These last two bridges are located on what is commonly known as the Jordan Pond/Sargent Mountain carriage road. Reaching them is a steady two + mile gradual uphill hike, but the payoff is worth it. Both bridges are lovely, and the Deer Brook Bridge is especially stunning in its design and setting. The mist and fog on this day made for an “otherworldly” setting in which to observe them.
Deer Brook was running especially fast and high from the rain we received on Monday, and it made for beautiful scenery.
The two bridges were built within a year of one another, with Deer Brook Bridge being built in 1925 and Chasm Brook bridge in 1926. The date stone on the Deer Brook Bridge was unique, the only one I’ve seen (or noticed) that is round. It’s a little tough to read in this photo, but you get the idea.
After being completely charmed by the bridge and waterfall at Deer Brook, I hiked on to Chasm Brook. Much less grand in stature, it is charming in a much more humble way. What really impressed me about this bridge is how it seems to spring out of the rock face, which you can see in the 2nd photo, below.
The carriage roads and the bridges that grace them are one of the many things that make Acadia unique among America’s national parks. I know I will continue to visit and enjoy the wonderful legacy of Mr. Rockefeller and his roads.
After a day of torrential rain and gusty (some very gusty) wind (or as we like to call it here on the island – breezes), it was time to get back out on the trails and get in some hiking miles.
My destination were the last two bridges in the carriage road system, a 5.5 – 6 miles roundtrip hike that would carry me above Jordan Pond. I’ll cover the bridges in another post, because they were both beautiful, but I have to confess that the fog and water were worthy of a post in their own right.
Even though the sun was trying to make an appearance when I left Bar Harbor, just a few miles inland, the fog was winning out, giving the carriage road a “Sleepy Hollow” kind of feel. As I headed away from Jordan Pond I heard the sound of loons echoing across the water. It definitely set the mood for the morning.
This particular stretch of carriage road winds pretty steeply up the mountain, hugging the cliffs above Jordan Pond. Of course the pond was completely obscured from view on the way up the mountain, but by the time I headed back down; I could make out the water and the “Bubbles” mountains. I love the way the fog was hugging the mountaintops, giving me that delicious feeling of being alone and cocooned by nature.
At both bridges along my route, I was treated to rushing waterfall, swollen by yesterday’s rains. Pictured below is Deer Brook Falls. There is a trail that follows this stream back to Jordan Pond. At one point the trail crosses over the stream. Today, that crossing was impossible as the stepping-stones were underwater. But all that water sure made for great picture-taking!
Another mile and a half of hiking and I came to second waterfall along Chasm Brook. By now, the fog was beginning to lift out and I could get a sense of what the view was like as I neared the crest of the mountain. For those readers familiar with Acadia National Park (or those with a map of the park), the body of water in the distance is Aunt Betty’s Pond.
And below is a picture of the Chasm Brook Waterfall. Not having hiked this particular portion of the carriage roads, I was hoping to see at least one waterfall, and I was treated to two!