Norumbega Mountain and Hadlock Ponds Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mt Desert, ME that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The goat trail was very difficult but once you got to the top, the rest of the way down was easy and very smooth. A great trail for hikers of all experience levels.
The trail to the summit (the Goat Trail) is very steep, but there are no rungs, scrambles or treacherous spots, just lots of steep trail with some steps. Once you are at the top there is a nice walk down the open ridge with views, and then a lovely, mossy wooded return with only gentle slopes. It's like two completely different hikes in one. Highly recommended.
Nice steep .6 miles up steps and ledges to a wonderful view of Somes Sound. Continue from summit on down to Lower Hadlock and loop back to Upper Hadlock for a nice comfortable 4 mile loop. Very doable without much hard work at all!