August 16, 2005
There are several ways to access the bowl, depending on what kind of hike you're looking for. If you want to visit the bowl and nothing else, begin as if you were climbing the Beehive. A few hundred feet past the trailhead, the path branches off into two seperate routes, one cresting the mountain and another proceeding directly to the lake. The Bowl route makes a fairly shallow ascent, meandering 1.4 miles through the woods with few obstructions and no technical elements (ladders, rungs, etc.) For those hiking with dogs or small children, this trail offers an excellent way to see the bowl with a minimum of effort. For the more ambitious hiker, the bowl trail also makes a perfect route for descending from the Beehive.
Once at the Beehive summit, simply follow the signs to the lake rather than taking Gorem Mountain Trail. The hike is slightly longer than the normal descent, but the Bowl is well worth the slight detour, and you'll end up at the same place. Once you reach the bowl, you might opt for a swim. The water appears clean and inviting if somewhat muddy, and the lake is fairly deep, with a sounding of 29' near the middle. If you do decide to bring a suit, beware of the leaches. According to the locals, the only way to avoid them is to "swim faster than they do."
If, on the other hand, being devoured by bloodsucking parasites is not your idea of a good time, skip the swim and bring a picnic lunch and a camera. The Bowl is astoundingly beautiful, and there are several nice places to sit and have a bite to eat. Although there's not a whole lot to do beyond that, the Bowl makes a great stopping point or destination for a hike, and its incredible beauty makes it the perfect lunch spot for the tired climber or fearless and insane swimmer. All things considered, it is well worth a visit.
From journal Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park