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We hiked the south ridge trail at 5am to catch the sunrise. The entrance is hidden on the opposite side of the campgrounds. We started hiking up the snowy pine trail and finally reached the top. Absolutely breathtaking views! The rocks on the way up were icy but fairly an easy climb if you’re in decent shape. Wish the cold didn’t zap my battery because we made it to 2,000ft! Beautiful hike! =)

Great hike with even better views.

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25 days ago

Up to the summit and back - thoroughly enjoyed! Good, but not overly challenging, hike for a pair of geezers. One week past the 'peak color season,' and the colors and views were amazing. Perfect setup for a couple of drafts and snacks at a brew-pub back in Bar Harbor.

Spring trail to Penobscot Mountain was an amazing trail. It was steep, but not terribly challenging. I hiked t to the top of Penobscot, which offered amazing views of Somes Sound and Jordon Pond. After hiking down the intersection of Deer Brook, I was feeling good so I decided to take the trail to Sargent Mountain. It was steep, but it was a lot of fun. There is an alpine lake about halfway up the trail, which you can stop for a swim. The summit of Sargent offered amazing views. On the way back, I took Sargent East Cliffs trail down to Deer Brook again. This trail was steep and very rocky. I decided to go for a challenge and took Jordan Cliff Trail down to Spring Brook. I was glad I did this. It was beautiful and had a steep drop on one side. I would not recommend going down Jordan Cliffs since there were spots where I had to go backwards down ladders. Luckily, I did not run into anyone going down. The entire trip ended up to be over 5 miles and it was worth it. At the end I stopped for Popovers at Jordon Pond house too! :)

My husband and I decided to do this trail after a snow storm. It was icy, challenging and it gets a little tougher on the way down. The views are amazing

I went up the north ridge and down the south (no roads go near the south trail down, and you can catch a shuttle). Actually went up and down barefoot, and still did it all in under four hours. If you’re in half decent shape it’s a breeze.

On the way up cars pass very close by several times but that didn’t stop a deer from running across the trail! It’s really crowded on top, and as you get nearer there are lots of people who walked on from the road. It’s a bit lame, but not enough to take away from the hike and views.

I highly recommend going down the south side rather than doubling back. The scenery changes, I passed less than 5 people (and about 20+on north ridge), and it goes straight into one of the campgrounds.

Beautiful hike! was a little rough in places, but had a lot of beautiful stops to rest my legs in the way up. followed the blue markings and a beautiful stream. had to be careful because of the leaves and rocks were a tad slippery. amazing view at the end, very much worth the hike. ended up watching the sunset later on. amazing views!

Did this trail in the evening when it was extremely foggy, I'm sure there would have been great views if it wasn't for the fog. A great trail otherwise, wild blueberry bushes are everywhere. You are following blue arrows painted on the rock

Absolutely my favorite hike in the park. It was gorgeous!

Lots of views, lots of up, and in the fall you don’t see many people going this way, add mileage starting from camp ground :)

Great hike with amazing views and lots of elevation changes

This was a beautiful trail with so many awesome views at each level. Perfect for fall leaf peeping and photography. Not a difficult hike. The only disappointment was the road was next to the trail at points which took away from the nature. This is a”must do’ hike.

Really enjoyed this trail. Good way to spend a half day. DEFINITELY do St Sauveur up then Valley Peak trail to loop up with Acadia Mountain trail, then go down the less fun part of Acadia Mountain trail (but also easier to descend because there are steps down) to finish the loop. You get the better views on the way up and a better hike this way. You can do this by starting at the Acadia Mountain parking lot then taking St Sauveur trail to start or park at the St Sauveur lot and take the Ledge trail first (the latter option just adds distance and can be slippery when wet)

A wonderful hike. Mainly over rocks. We did it together with my family incl. a 20 months old in a carrier. Stopped many times. Made it up in 2 hours and down in about 1.5 hours. The gift shop up top sold hot chocolates, which we loved as it was cold and windy on this October day.

Took about 2:15 to finish round trip at a fairly brisk pace. Easy all the way up. A little towards the end but nothing strenuous for any normal human. Great views during ridge hike until to get to human parade at the top.

Beautiful trail gradual ascent. Follow the blue blazes

We parked at Jordan Pond and hiked the east side of the pond, then up to the south bubble. This is a the difficult stretch! There were rock scrambles where you have to use your hands. Really fun though! I would not want to do it going down though... We also added the north bubble summit then took the bubbles divide back down to Jordan pond to create a loop!
Amazing views, fun rock scrambles, would definitely recommend doing it as a loop!

Started our hike at 5.15am and got to the top by 6.30am to watch the sunrise. It doesn’t get light out till after 6am so make sure to bring a headlamp. The hike was exciting! All uphill and made it more adventurous in the dark. Not challenging but definitely long and can be tiring at some points. The view is absolutely amazing and sunrise is not to be missed.

hiking
2 months ago

From the summit going to Dorr mountain summit is rewarding. (then going down from Dorr mountain north ridge trail, Hemlock trail, and Gorge path)

Great hike with beautiful views! Wouldn’t recommend going up / down in rainy conditions without proper shoes.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail! The views are incredible and it’s a steep climb all the way up. We actually got to the top and then swung across to merge with the Jordan Ridge Trail which proved to be even harder (climbing stair rods and bouldering) but eventually got us back to Jordan Pond. Don’t forget to get a popover from the Jordan Pond House!

I think this is going to be my favorite in Acadia. We were even socked in with fog which made the top eerie and totally unique. We took the Spring Trail up and Penobscot Trail down. Penobscot was much more gradual down than the rocky Spring Trail- and added an additional half mile or so. Doing this in mid Fall was a plus with all foliage on the way up every color imaginable. We want to do it again on a day with a view, but even with the fog the top was amazing and almost felt we were on the moon. This one is a don’t miss. My wife who is a little scared of heights had no problems at all.

What views! Just be forewarned that during black fly season, basically no amount of bug spray can save you (this is true anywhere in the area, I just experienced it for myself on this particular trail). The hike is really pleasant and not too challenging, a great return on investment given the spectacular views on the Bubbles Trail. I did the loop clockwise though, so the latter half felt a little anticlimactic; I would definitely recommend starting from Jordan Pond Carry and going the other direction!

We didn't do the whole trail, but the views were lovely.

We didn't do the whole trail, but the views were lovely.

We love this trail for the great variety it offers. Find trailhead from parking lot area of Jordan Pond restaurant - don't walk down to the pond. Look for a series of steps leading down from parking area or the restroom side of Jordan pond house. Spring trail will first descend down to cross the Jordan Stream, then climb up thru the forest to a carriage road. Cross the road - then the real fun begins up rock steps toward the summit. This is toughest part of trail, not recommended for children. You'll then reach a more gradual and long ascent to summit over open, exposed granite with excellent 360 degree views. If you happen to hike after a recent rain, the Deer Brook trail will be absolutely beautiful for the descent - what starts as a small mountain brook running beside and across the trail will become a large cascade before the trail reaches the carriage road above Jordan Pond. They've built a great series of wooden steps and overlook platforms for this area just above the carriage road and stone bridge. Many never see this brook or waterfalls during the summer dry season - but one of the most beautiful trails when the rain causes this brook to rise into large waterfalls. Add the foliage colors and this is among a best forest trail the park offers.

hiking
2 months ago

nice hike with great view up top

nice trail but not one of the best

So beautiful! Finished the sunrise hike this morning! We left the trailhead at 3am. It took us 1 hr 15 minutes to ascend. We are relatively in shape but not technical hikers. Follow the little blue marks and the cairns! Only twice did we almost veer off course in the dark. Have a good flashlight. We each had either a headlamp or flood-flashlight. It doesn’t start getting light until almost 5:30am. Happy hiking!

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