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Murphy Lane

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Trail

0.3 mile 0.5 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 17' 5 m
Descent: -10' -3 m
High: 97' 29 m
Low: 79' 24 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

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Trail shared by David Onkst

A short, flat, but charming trail that connects Schooner Head Path and the Precipice Trailhead area.

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Features Fall Colors · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

This path is runnable. It’s a flat, wooded, fairly soft trail compared to other parts of the park.

Description

This trail links Schooner Head Path (to its east) and the Precipice Trailhead area (to its west) together. Rudolf-Ernst Brünnow, a Princeton University professor - and the designer of some of the park’s most famous trails - blazed this simple connector path in the 1910s so that people could access Champlain Mountain more easily, especially his Precipice Trail.

Although the path is only 0.3 miles long, and is flat, it still has its charms. Several beautiful birch trees line the trail and are quite stunning in the fall. There are also some interesting marshy areas to the immediate north and south of the path. Some who have traveled Murphy Lane claim it gives you a better historical appreciation of the logistics that the park’s early trail designers had to deal with to make Acadia’s mountains more accessible to the general public.

Flora & Fauna

Some nice birch trees and wildflowers line this trail.

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