Do you want the views of Cadillac Mountain with out the crowd? At 1,373 feet, Sargent Mountain is the second highest mountain in Acadia National Park, and most likely the oldest lake in Maine(17,000 years) is found about 300 feet from its summit.
It is accessible only by trail and therefore free from crowds
The trails are open year round with moderate to difficult hiking conditions
It is the second tallest mountain, comparible to Cadillac, in Acadia National Park
It is home to the oldest Lake in Maine with unique attributes
Sargent Mountain is not rock climbing but it is also not a walk on the beach. You can access Sargent Mountain by many different trails, the North Ridge trail is fairly steep towards the summit, the South Ridge trail is recommended for less experienced hikers, the Grandgent trail is the most difficult and a number of trails intersect theses three such as Hadlock Brook trial, Maple spring trail and Giant slide trail or the Penobscot Mountain Trail.
Which ever trail system you choose, be prepared for difficult and at times demanding activity. As you begin the journey you might pass through wild forests of hardwood; maple and oak, root covered paths and rocks, forests of cedar, birch, spruce and fir, and trickling brooks amidst beech trees. The trails are at times wet and slippery. As you ascend, you may see views of cedar swamps, stone bridges and waterfalls; expect varying terrain towards the summit of granite ledges and boulders.
Take a swim in the refreshing water of Sargent Mountain Pond, claiming to be the oldest lake in Maine, it is naturally fishless, being one of only two acidic lakes in the park. According to local folk lore the “Lake of Clouds” is not only bottomless, but home to a serpent. At the summit, enjoy panoramic views; Acadia National Park, Somes Sound (the only Fjord along the Atlantic coast), The Cranberry Isles to the south, Western Mountain to the west, Pemetic and Cadillac Mountains to the east; and the Porcupine Islands and Frenchmans Bay to the northeast as well as the Appalachian Mountains in the distance.
Points to remember
Most trails will be at least 4 miles round trip so don’t start your hike in the afternoon. Make sure you plan your route in advance, bring a detailed map, plenty of water, good hiking footwear, a camera and a watch. Cell phone reception is spotty in Acadia unless you have satellite connection, and keep in mind that it is always a good idea to stop by the Hulls Cove visitors center for detailed hiking information before planning any hike.