We met a man from Texas and his five-year-old son on Dorr Mountain yesterday. We got to talking. He had only the free map that the Park hands out to motorists. The hiking trails are marked by little dotted lines but not labeled. The poor guy was already tired, mostly because he had given his tired son a piggy-back lift up a long slope. The son was now rested and eagerly moving up the mountain.
However, this man was not on the trail he thought he was on. He wanted to do the Gorge Trail but he was on the north slope of Dorr. We talked for awhile and showed him a better map. But we left him arouind 3:00 in the afternoon with what amonts to a five-hour-hike ahead of him. I couldn't convince him that he didn't really want to do what he thought he wanted to do.
Please, guys, get a good hiking map and a reasonable plan before you set out on the trails of Acadia !!