Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mount Agamenticus, Spring Time!

Vantage Point: a position or place that allows one a wide or favourable overall view of a scene or situation. 
World English Dictionary

I'm on Ogunquit beach at least once a day. I enjoy running, and wandering along the wide open sand stretches. However, sometimes I do like to see the world from a different vantage point. So today I went up to Mount Agamenticus.
Mt Agamenticus is located in the nearby town of York. It's an easy 10 minute drive, or a great bicycle trip from the B&B. This "mountain" is small compared to other Mountains, but is a jewel on the southern Maine coast. The former Ski lodge is now an enviornmental reserve with over 10,000 acres of land which is one of the largest undeveloped coastal forests in New England.

There are over 40 miles of trails for hiking, mt biking, bird watching,  and exploring. The views are amazing. Today was clear and we could see the New Hampshire's White mountains, Boon Island Lighthouse, and other mountains in the distance.
The mount is know for its shallow bedrock, and steep drops on the north side. 
Unique rock formations are abundant throughout the area. A perfect place to relax!

The Details:
Mountain Road
York, ME
From Ogunquit Beach Inn, go south on Route One for for 3.4 miles Take a right on to Mountain Road and proceed for 4 miles. The entrance is on your right. Access road is paved and weaves up the mountain.
Admission is free. Open from sunrise to dusk. Use at your own risk. Great place to picnic and hike. There is an old ski lodge which is now an educational center. Great views from the deck of the lodge.
Helpful Tips:
Carry in/carry out. Where good footwear, rocks are slippery and there is a lot of moss. Mt A is a great place for bird watching, and many hawkes are seen at the summit. There are viewing stations, and picnic tables at the summit.

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