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Acadia National Park taught me to respect the day hike. As a young backpacking zealot, I once indulged in a kind of backcountry snobbery, considering any hike that didn’t involve carrying at least a day’s rations and sleeping outdoors to be a mere stroll, hardly worth the effort. Ah, the impetuousness of youth. The intensely scenic—and often surprisingly rugged—coastal mountains of Acadia put the lie to such hauteur.