Dan and Hannah Travel Route One from Kittery to Fort Kent, Maine (Part 9 of 10) – Quoddy Head State Park

The highlight of our second day traveling Route One on this mid-September Tuesday is to be our hike on the Coastal Trail on the cliffs at Quoddy Head State Park. A mere six miles from downtown Lubec, the West Quoddy Lighthouse is a beacon on the border of the United States and Canada.

Originally built in 1808, by order of President Thomas Jefferson, the original wooden tower was replaced by the current tower in 1858. With “candy-stripes,” it is the only such tower in the United States. Previously the lamp was illuminated with, get this, sperm whale oil and lard oil.

We Maine seniors get the best deals! Hiking these trails will hardly break the bank.
Parking by the lighthouse, we will have a four-mile round trip on the Coastal Trail.

With a choice of trails, we opt for the four-mile macho man/woman Coastal Trail along the steep rocky cliffs with trees toughened by the punishing by the Atlantic’s harsh winds. The cliffs are remnants of marine volcanoes! Who knew!

The Coastal Trail starts benignly enough with a level trail that offers dramatic views to the ocean.

Coastal cliffs of Quoddy Head State Park
The trail initially seems straightforward and easy going. Not so fast, my friend.

Then the trail turns mean. With rocks and roots crossing the trail, we hold onto branches as we descend; it’s more cliff climbing than hiking.

The roots they are aplenty.

Keeping close the cliffside, we come to a point where we wonder if we have lost the trail or not. It’s zero fun so we backtrack towards the Bog Trail. We are looking for an enjoyable hike not an arduous one. Such is life at 73!

Backtracking, we find our kind of trail.
Wooden puncheons make for a sweet cliff-side walk in the woods.

Opting for the level sublime Bog Trail, we catch a hiking rhythm.

Off to the bog
Got a problem? You know where to go.

With the sun soon to set, we get our 10K steps and more and prepare to return to our Eastland motel, three miles out of Lubec on Route 189. We’ve a warm bed, a continental breakfast ahead to prepare for our third and final day exploring Route One from Kittery to Fort Kent.

Part 10 provides modest evidence that we are not all that stupid

5 thoughts on “Dan and Hannah Travel Route One from Kittery to Fort Kent, Maine (Part 9 of 10) – Quoddy Head State Park

    • Often it is serendipity. Our two Monday hikes of our Route One adventure came from a Seniors magazine a friend brought by days before our trip. Mowry Beach came from a fellow hiker. Both Cobscook and Quoddy Head were different than I expected.

    • Have you ever done a lighthouse road trip? We have not been to the bog walk in Bangor. Seems like a go to adventure on our next trip to New Brunswick, Au Canada. Hannah’s shirt has people pause for five seconds!

  1. Pingback: Dan and Hannah Travel Route One from Kittery to Lubec (not Fort Kent), Maine (Part 10 of 10) – The Denouement – over60hiker

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