Perpendicular Trail

HARD 6 reviews
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Perpendicular Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Southwest Harbor, ME that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

2.5 miles 820 feet Out & Back



no dogs

Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338

3 months ago

Hiked the Perpendicular loop trail. The ladder and rungs shouldn't scare away dog owners. Our black lab scooted right around it easily. The trail was well built and pretty interesting to follow the stone work steps around a landslide area and in front of a big cliff.

4 months ago

So many steps! But awesome

1 year ago

Really great views after a long stair climb.

3 years ago

Stair master extreme! Well worth the hike with beautiful views at the top. Great workout

3 years ago

This hike is an amazing climb. When reading about trail it said a ladder and rungs to climb which there was but they were nothing really and almost not needed. I went up the trail as part of a loop hike which was Mansell and Razorback which I have put reviews in. The views were fantastic and the steps were not all that difficult to go up. If you are in somewhat decent shape it is very doable and well worth the effort. Next time I do this hike it will be up and down both ways. The best way to Mansell no doubt. It took me 30 minutes from the parking at pump house and that was with stopping for views along the way.

4 years ago

Took the Perpendicular Trail down to Long Pond from the top of Mansell Mt. Amazing coastal forest trail that ends in a grand winding stone staircase. Definately worth the drive to the less hiked area of Acadia National Park. Be sure to test out your echoing skills at the pond once you reach the bottom.