Pemetic North and South Ridge Trails

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Pemetic North and South Ridge Trails is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Desert, ME that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.8 miles 1699 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Bar Harbor, ME: Travel the Park Loop Road to approximately .5 mile north of Jordan Pond Gatehouse. The trail begins on the west side of the road in the Jordan House parking lot.

2 months ago

Just did the Pemetic NW trail the other day from the Bubble Rock parking area. This was the most fun I had in the entire park without doing Beehive or Precipice. Anyone that is looking for a challenge without worrying about hanging onto iron rungs, this is the trail for you. It starts out with some rock steps and then gets in your face with some boulder climbs. Pay very close attention to try markers as it is easy to get off trail early. The trail will divide into a Ledge and Ravine route with each offering unique challenges. I went up ledge but wish I did ravine as it way cooler hiking between the rock faces and you have 2 ladders to help you. The two portions will merge back together towards the summit. By far my
some of the best views of Acadia without the massive crowds. Once at top I do not recommend going back down this way as it is way more challenging. The only bad part about this trail is the parking situation, so if you are up to it, make sure you go early.

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2 months ago

Very fun trail but we did the south trail up and the NW side down which I think was one of the bubble trails. The south trail up was fun and had great views in the way up so great places to rest and enjoy the view. The NW trail down was a blast. Lots of rock to climb down. We really had to pay attention to the blue trail markers because it's easy to lose the trail with all the rocks. At one point we found a little ravine to climb down into and there were ladders to help you through it. We ended the hike with a section of the Jordan pond trail back to the pond house and that was a nice end to the descent we just did.

3 months ago

Great hike if you're looking to hike for a couple hours. It's not very difficult and the views at the top are really spectacular!

hiking
5 months ago

Finish with popovers at Jordan Pond house

1 year ago

1 year ago

Great Views from the top!

1 year ago

Too rocky!

hiking
1 year ago

Great views from the top. Did cliffs trail up and the ridge trail down.

1 year ago

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2 years ago

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2 years ago

This is called the Pemetic NW Trail on the Acadia map, and on the trailheads. This is a great short trail, a bit difficult in places with some rock scramble and quite steep. It takes you up through a ravine where you hike up a running stream. There are ladders to get up over the ledge, and with the running water and slick rocks it's not an easy climb, but super fun! You can opt to go around the ravine and climb up over smooth ledge, but it was very wet and slippery the day we were here, and really, the ravine was pretty awesome.

2 years ago

Great hike if you want to make it more difficult try the north west trail across from bubble parking lot.

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3 years ago

Nice trail with many interesting rock features along the way and probably the easiest trail up the mountain.

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3 years ago

Really a mixture on this hike from the forest to the open views. Can see Cadillac from here and the ocean. Not to difficult a hike and great loop connections available.

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4 years ago