I'm going to be travelling through Maine alone for a week and spending 4 nights near Acadia National Park. I'm trying to figure out what hikes to go on and what other activities to take part in. I'll check into my room around 1 PM on a Tuesday about an hour and 45 minutes - 2 hours away from Acadia. I was thinking of doing the Park Loop Drive that evening (or should I save this for another day and do something else closer to where I'm staying - Hope, ME?) and then heading to bed fairly early to catch the sunrise at Cadillac Mountain. Then was thinking of doing some sunrise yoga while there and then debating parking my car somewhere in the park and doing a shorter hike afterwards. I have a 4 PM kayak tour that I have to be at by 3:30 in Bar Harbor. Will I have time for a short hike and lunch in Bar Harbor before kayaking? What other things should I hit up in Bar Harbor during my wait time?
For Thursday, I'm thinking of doing a longer, harder hike and then maybe checking out the Quiet Side or the Atlantic Brewing Company or lobster dinner or really anything. Any suggestions here?
I would also like suggestions for recommended hikes - I'm thinking of doing the Cadillac South Ridge trail but am a little wary of what the iron rungs are since I'll be going alone. For reference, I'm a pretty fit 20 year old female - I run, swim, and workout in general everyday and would love to get onto the hardest trails - I just don't have a ton of experience with hiking. And I don't want to be in a bad situation alone so what would you guys suggest in terms of challenging but not dangerous trails?
I'm at a loss as to what to do Friday (another long/challenging hike and then other activities?), and then I depart Saturday at noon for Boston.
One last thing - I'm concerned about getting phone service at all in Acadia - I have Verizon. Should I invest in a GPS for maps? I'll be getting a hiking trail map but I think that'll pretty much be it.
Suggestions, please? :) Thanks!