Penobscot Mountain Trail

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Penobscot Mountain Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

3.0 miles 1024 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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. Walk to the boat ramp and begin on the path running on the pond's southern shore.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a phenomenal trek which includes rocky cliff switchbacks and a few vertical climbs. Once above tree line there are several false summits but the views are stunning and keep you engaged and motivated to summit. Sunblock is highly recommended and scrambling up the vertical cliffs always felt safe...there are even a few spots with some wood railings for added safety but does not take away from the being in nature feeling. Another great thing about this trail was that despite being late September, we only saw a few other couples...a great hike to challenge you physically, mentally and dodge the touristy areas.

hiking
2 months ago

Very strenuous but a lot of fun. Took this up, then stopped at Sargent Pond, then took Jordan Cliffs down. It might have been one of my favorite hikes of the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a killer hike. Great challenge and beautiful views. The summit offers 3)0 views including Sargent mountain, Jordan pond, the ocean, and more. I was the only one on the mountain at 7:30 am on a Saturday.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Started at Jordan Pond and went up Spring Trail to the top of Penobscot. It was fairly steep at the beginning but pretty fun trail. Had to slightly boost our black lab up only one section on the trail. Views were great. Then down the other side to connect with the north end of Jordan pond. Before getting there there is a very nice and new stair action near the carriage trail. Walk along Pond is nice but more crowded.

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1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Hiked up via the Jordan Cliffs trail. Probably my favorite in all of Acadia.

geocaching
1 year ago

1 year ago

Fantastic! We started at Jordan's Pond and set out to do the Jordan's Cliffs. However they are closed due to falcon nesting until August 15th. So we continued to complete the Penobscot Mountain and down Spring Trail. Challenging climb and beautiful views. So happy we did it!

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful hike all the way up. Rocky at the start, then halfway up you can look out over Jordon Pond and the ocean on a stone bench. Could have stayed there all day. Then the 360 views walking up towards the top are unforgettable. And yes, expect a refreshing breeze

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

Wonderful trail. Did not get to enjoy the views because of the fog, but it did kind of give the trail a Scottish Highlands kind of feel. Really neat terrain. Took this trail down after coming up the Jordan Cliffs Trail.

hiking
3 years ago

Worth every breath it takes to reach the summit. Awesome 360 views. One thing is to expect it to be windy here on top. Be prepared for cooler in early morning hikes. Great to combine with Sargent.

hiking
4 years ago

One of my favorite trails. Awesome 360 panorama from the top.