Jordan Pond, South Bubble, and Bubble Rock
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Since I could not get enough of hiking Acadia National Park I decided to do one more hike. This time slightly land inward. At the shore of picturesque Jordan Lake are two twin mountains located, North and South Bubble, better know as The Bubbles. North Bubble is 32 meters higher than South Bubble, But South Bubble is more spectacular to hike. The hike looks really easy, but due to its height profiles it is still a pretty exhausting hike.
From the parking, one first has to descend about 50 meters to the shore of the lake. But in order to do so one first has to climb 50 meters, and thus descend 100 meters.
Jordan Lake is beautifully located between the mountains and is really peaceful. It is very obvious that beavers roam here. I saw cut and collapsed trees everywhere, with the specific beaver teeth marks near the root of the stems.
Then a steep path at the south end of South Bubble leads to its top at an altitude of 234 meters (768 ft), a height difference of about 150 meters. And near the top, one finds, again, Beehive-like iron rungs, that assist bridging the steepest stones.
The top of South Bubble is all of a sudden almost flat, very pleasant to hike on. The mountain was shaped in the ice age when the ice layers ground their way into the granite soil, and deposited debris all over the place. When the ice melted away the debris (being huge boulders) was just left where they were. In some cases in a very meta stabile position. Like Bubble Rock, an SUV-sized rock, balancing on the edge of an almost perpendicular abyss. Amazing!
If you did you math well you know it was a descend of 100 meters down back to the parking. Which was easy to do since the north face of the Bubble is less steep.
More pictures below!