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Great views! Great foliage in the Fall!

Gorgeous at any time of year!

1 month ago

I completed this hike in October. I’ve never seen such a beautiful colors...or stunning views of New England fall foliage before this. The loop is challenging, but rewarding. Do this as an in and out if you want to avoid very steep climbs and a chimney climb. Not for the faint of heart.

I loved this trail. The views over the river were beautiful and the fairy houses were adorable.

My favorite hike in Maine! Good mix of terrain and amazing views!

3 months ago

Love this trail! Not a very long hike but you get some really great views of sand beach and the beehive across the way.

3 months ago

Beautiful views of the waves crashing against the cliffs as well as the sandy beach.

really enjoyed this one

My favorite hike in Acadia. There’s some people but far less than many of the other trails. Great views.

Great trail and views for anyone hiking with their dog. Challenging yet no ladders or rungs to climb up or down a a dog. You get to see the bowl and I️ even hiked up to the summit of beehive. Obviously couldn’t go down that way w my pup, but we got to see what it looked like. A little confusing towards the end and I️ ended up actually backtracking the way I️ came, but it allowed me to take the Cadillac cliffside trail back.

Just challenging enough! The views were unbelievable. Be sure to wear waterproof shoes. It rained the day before , so parts of the narrow trail towards the top were somewhat flooded. Totally worth it!!

Fantastic trail, especially for those looking for an immersive hike on a day trip. Offers breathtaking views and fun rock scrambling in parts. The ascent from Sand Beach is much more steep, though significantly shorter, than the descent to the Otter Cove area.

Pretty strenuous on the steep portions, but with no real views and pretty much nonexistent trail markings I won’t be doing this one again.

Pine Bend Brook Trail wasn’t bad at all but Sabbaday Brook Trail was just terrible, we did most of it at night and once you start crossing the brook (7 or 8 times!) you have to search for the trail almost every time because there’s no cairn or obvious blaze to mark the stream crossing exit. After what turned out to be the last crossing we searched for the trail without any luck, until we decided to just bushwhack by dead reckoning and staying near the brook. 10 minutes or so later we came to the wide portion of the trail, and found that the trail was closed for maintenance. Ya think? It just doesn’t seem like it’d be too much trouble for someone to hike it with a couple cans of spray paint every year and refresh the blazes.

The steep portion of Sabbaday Brook Trail (the first 1/2 mile of the descent) is crazy steep - over 1000’ in 1/2 mile - and looks like it’d be almost suicidal in the rain. It was definitely a challenge going down.

The challenge is really this trail’s only strong point, if you’re not hiking the 4Ks then don’t bother.

Such a great hike, the Loop trail is not for those who don't like vertical climbs up rock faces and through chimneys, but I loved it for being fairly new to this kind of hike. It also doesn't seem to be dog friendly-- I'd take the Brook trail if there are children or dogs. I took the Loop trail to the pond, and descended via the Brook trail.

a note on the chimney: packs don't easily fit so it's best to haul that out first.
Also I would rate the loop trail as a moderate hike.

Also the Loop trail isn't well marked, so pay attention for the trail markers, especially near the top.

The Brook trail is much more accessible.

I did this hike in late September. It was beautiful!

Perfect loop trail with great views

Great hike and easy trail to follow. Took our family of 5 (kids 16,14, and 12) and along the route are some great views of the bay and surrounding area. At the top, just past the summit is an unmarked trail leading down to a crashed plane from the 50s and the wreckage is still there. Very interesting but somber area. Overall, a great hike.

still great views at end of leaf season!

Went up the brook trail and it was challenging but such a fun experience. Beautiful at the top so worth it and has a cool little pond up top. Only bad thing was trying to find the parking area/where to begin wasn't very many signs.

Love it! One of my favorite hikes!

5 months ago

Good short trail with spectacular views. I didn't run across a lot of other hikers. Pay attention to the blue trail markers. It's easy to get turned around at the top.

One of my favorites at Acadia. Lots of variety in the trail itself and the views. I recommend Gorham mountain first, and then loop back to ocean trail. The fall colors were spectacular on the way down.

Great hike especially during autumn. The trail was very well marked and heavily traveled. I followed the trail clockwise (with the Ocean Path Loop first) and believe that the views may have been better if hiked counterclockwise (Gorham Mountain first) as a lot of good views were to my back. The Gorham section requires a fair bit of bouldering which may slow you down, but otherwise it is not technically demanding and would be good for all ages. The Ocean Path is paved and graveled.

A nice hike but I would rate it easy, not moderate.

5 months ago

Easy, short trail to get some good scenery in if only have a short amount of time.

Great ocean views all along the trail. Good close up view of Beehive iron rungs where trails merge.

This is a great loop for a half-day excursion. The walk around the east side of Jordan Pond is flat and smooth with clever drainage troughs which are easily hopped across. From the north end of the lake the trail to Sargent Mountain gets steep quickly and continues to grind until the bald summit block is reached. The climb from here to the cairn marking the highest point of the broad summit is easy. Once you break out of the trees and start climbing towards the summit, you might want to turn around to get a glimpse of Jordan Pond below. While the summit has great views, the flanks of the flat top prevent good 360-degree panoramas, but if you walk around the summit area, you can see in all directions including Cadillac Mountain to the east, Echo Lake and Bernard Mountain to the west, Trenton and the windfarm to the north, and of course, the open Atlantic Ocean and the islands off the coast to the south.

From Mount Sargent, the hike continues to the south to Sargent Pond, before ascending back to the summit of Penobscot Mountain. Views from Penobscot are similar to those on Sargent; you need to move around to get a glimpse of Jordan Pond below. There are two options to return to the Jordan Pond House: the Ridge Trail and the Cliff Trail. The Ridge Trail from the summit is clearly marked, but we had difficulty finding the access to the Cliff Trail, and the access trail on All Trails map does not correspond with the blue blazes marking the descent to the junction of the Cliff Trail. (See https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/sargent-pond-and-major-cliff for GPS track of the descent to the Cliff Trail). The Cliff Trail is exhilarating with great exposure, Class 3+ scrambling, fixed iron rungs, and a narrow wooden staircase. Once the cliff face peters out, it is a simple walk off to the junction with the network of gravel carriage roads which lead back to the trailhead.

Nice rainy day hike. great for leaf peeping too.

Fairly easy hike with a gorgeous view to look forward to at the top.

5 months ago

Nice trail with great views.

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