Ladder Trail Dorr Mountain 5/9/2015

We spent the past week on Mt Desert Island.  Saturday I hiked Dorr Mountain via the Ladder Trail and Schiff Path.  The trail ascends pretty steeply to the 1200 foot summit on mostly granite steps and a few ladders.

My favorite part of the trail was the little slot canyon you had to go through (A little video)

The sea breeze made the air chilly and foggy.  Even though it was in the 70s and sunny in land it was 48 and foggy in Acadia.   As I got to the top of The Ladder Trail I entered the clouds and caught my last view while ascending looking down toward my car in the valley.

On the Schiff Path there was unique cairns and large slabs to walk on that were pretty slick.

Near the summit the Schiff Path meets the Dorr Ridge Trail and you follow it for .2 miles to the summit.  The summit was cloudy, cold and windy.

Its probably not recommended to descend the same way I came because of the steep slick rock but I decided to following the Ladder Trail back down.  I didn’t see anyone else for my entire hike.

Hillman’s Highway 5/1/2015

I headed up to Pinkham Notch Friday morning without a definite plan, I was so indecisive that I had not even decided yet if I wanted to ski or snowboard, so I brought both my AT skis and my splitboard.  I still wasn’t sure if I was going to go to GoS or Tux yet either but I was just happy to be going.   Unfortunately I would only have time for 1 run today though no matter where I went.
At the parking lot you could not see either one, the higher elevations were still in the clouds.  With the Sherburne still skiable most of the way down, I decided to head towards the ravine.  The TRT was still about 80% skinnable and I made a new friend on the way up which made the travel time to Hojo’s go by fast.  At Hermit Lake the Avi Board was showing most of the chute center bowl to the lip to be moderate. And the ravine was not yet visible.  There were quite a few people already up there and they seemed to all be going to do Left Gully.  I thought about Right or Lobster Claw but noticed that nobody was on Hillmans.  So I choose to go up Hillmans.  It was a good choice because there were only 3 other people skiing that area the whole time I was in there and 1 of them was dropping Duchess.  When I got to the top of the right variation of Hillmans Highway the clouds lifted for a bit, so I dropped in while the light was not so flat.  The snow was really soft and there was a pretty deep runnel down the center of the gully, a lot of snow would sluff with you whenever you would make a turn.   I really enjoyed my run.

Tux when I got there.

Heading up

At the top

Heading Down

Back at Hojo’s views were good,
What I just skied:


The Sherburne was skiable down to the fifth crossover. But the last ¼ mile looked like this.  To me this is fun, because it becomes more technical when you have to avoid mud and rocks.