Jordan Pond Full Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mt Desert, Maine that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338 Shipping Address Acadia National Park 20 McFarland Hill Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609-0177 More information: http://www.nps.gov/acad/contacts.htm
This was a very interesting hike and was a great introduction to Acadia. We did it in late October which meant no crowds (we saw maybe 3-4 other small groups total), but the Jordan Pond House was just closed, so we weren't able to get afternoon tea or a famed popover. Also the hike was very cold and windy at this time of year (we were thankful to have brought hats and gloves).
The trail begins at the boat launch. You can go either direction, but counterclockwise (ending at the Jordan Pond House) was recommended to us and we were glad we did.
The trail has maybe 4 distinct sections. The first (longest) is on a forest floor along the pond. Here you get to cross a wooden bridge too. The second is a boulder section (pretty easy - no hiking poles needed), the third is along a boardwalk, and the last is over a stone bridge through a grassy area in front of the Pond House.
Our favorite section was the board walk. It wove through birch trees and misc conifers (and we were greeted at the start of the section by a super photogenic red squirrel). The root systems here were just incredible.
As a side note, we took a detour on this trip and did the hike up to bubble rock. The bouldering in this is very challenging, complete with an iron ring hoisting section. We didn't make it past the iron rings to the rock itself. However we made it to the vista point. This portion was a workout, should not be taken lightly, and hiking poles are highly encouraged. If you choose to do this, follow the blue markers and know that it gets progressively more challenging up to the top.
Beautiful and tranquil. This trail is accessible to just about every age and fitness level. We hiked around the pond after coming down from Penobscot which was a great way for us to cool down! We enjoyed the post Labor Day season as there were a lot less people on this trail despite the park being pretty busy still. Highly recommend to be awed and humbled by Mother Nature.
Gorgeous walk but not a hike!
Easy scenic walk around the pond favorite part is walking on the boards where there trying to conserve the eco system! Adds a little adventure to the trip :) if your not afraid of heights take bubble mountain summit trail up the bubble mountain and come back down the bubble divide it leads you right back to this trail it's intimidating at first glance because you have to squeeze through and up a tiny gap but once your up it's easy peasy!
Rock portion is moderate and the boardwalk is lengthily.
Beautiful easy. Loop. Second half very rocky. Maybe hard for small kids
We rented bicycles in Bar Harbor and road to the carriage trails into and around Jordan Pond. We frequently got off our bikes to walk around, take pictures, and look at the beautiful views. Great bike ride that you can either ride in from town or take a bus from town, depending on how much time you have and the level of activity you are looking for.
Great for a run for the road side half of the trail. There are boulders to navigate and a boardwalk for a portion. Good hike for younger kids. Older kids may lose interest around 2.5 miles
Great loop. Nice easy bike ride. We went around Jordan pond and eagle lake on the carriage road.