My boys (16 and 9) can get bored with long slogs but they both lit up when introduced to scrambling up 'iron rung' trails. This was the first and bought me many more days of willing hiking with them, insistant on doing all the 'iron rung' trails in the park.
Ocean-Gorham-Beehive Loop Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2007
From Sand Beach, Jen, Scott, Lauren, and I hiked the Ocean Path to the Gorham Mountain trail head. Easy hike up and over Gorham to the junction with the trail to The Bowl, where Jen and Lauren headed back to the beach. Scott and I hiked up to the bowl, where I saw a beaver hanging out. Hiked over to the Beehive from there and down the ladder route. Excellent views along the whole hike. Next time I would rather go UP the ladder route though!
Very interesting route--not for those who dislike exposure. There are some environmental issues with the metal that's been hammered into the rock, but it's a fun route. Great views of Cadillac and Champlain.