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14 hours ago

Enjoy scenic views. From Jordan pond house, the left half of the lake features wooden walkways followed by a rocky trail. The right side of the lake is a natural sandy trail.

Overcast but still a gorgeous place to go. When you go to the entrance of the Reservoir (Jordan Pond) take a right , it will be a nice easy stroll, within 2 miles you will come across an area that you must climb through rocks lots of them,eventually you will get a wooden narrow walkway,(slippery whem wet)Not a good hike for someone that is elderly unless you can just stay before the rocks and turn around. The hike is gorgeous and peaceful.

Great trail but a little basic in my opinion

A wonderful hike which rewards you with excellent views at the top! Much of the trail is rock and slab... bring proper footwear. It’s a lot of gain over a short distance, but still, a moderate classification is appropriate I think. Also, there’s many flat spots on the way up to stop and rest, which also have amazing views. Biggest downfall is that once you get to the summit it is beyond crowded with people who drive up. Maybe it’s just me but it looses some of the majesty being surrounded by people who burned gas, not energy haha. There’s a spot about .1 miles before the summit that feels like it might be the top... perfect spot to grab some photos and enjoy your accomplishment away from touristy eyes.

Beautiful views throughout the trail, but like others have mentioned, it is much longer than expected. The trail itself os fairly simple, easy, and flat, but it can take a little long depending on how many times you stop to take in the view or the pace you are walking at.

hiking
5 days ago

love this little paved jaunt....great views...can see a huge mansion on the cliffs and can go down as far as you want for tidal pools and rock scrambling. the look outs along the way are great too. easy!

We loved this trail. We did Gorham the day before, and this was definitely a nice change. I was worried it might be a bit of a boring hike since it’s rated as easy, but i was definitely wrong! This is a gorgeous hike with a nice tree canopy. I didn’t want it to end because it was so perfect. The water in Jordan Pond is amazing clear. It’s beautiful.

It took our family nearly three hours, not because it was hard but because we stopped to find tadpoles and frogs, watch a beaver calmly munch on the shore, delight in our teens reverting back to delighted toddlers, and take hundreds of photos of this lovely place in the late afternoon. It was a great family hike!

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6 days ago

Easy with some fun traversing over small boulders and a walk on a bog trail. Beautiful views.

Nice casual walking trail, several way points with swing benches to soak in the views, and be sure to check out the Fairy Community

Beautiful short trail to overlook with view South to toward Bar Harbor and NE toward DownEast coastline.

NOT A DOG FRIENDLY TRAIL! But we still made it with my dog thanks to my hefty husband. This is a beautiful hike and definitely worth the trek.

Beautiful trail with spectacular views! It’s a pretty simple hike, but it feels very long in its simplicity. We took the simple route first (to the right), then the last mile and a half (approximately) was all wooden planks and a short little rock “scramble.” Still very easy, but not for people with strollers. Beautiful view of the Bubbles! Pristine piece of earth. Absolutely gorgeous!

I’m surprised by the complaints regarding this trail. Difficult is not an accurate description, as another rater mentioned, moderate is absolutely fair.
You should have decent leg strength for this one, but no actual skills are necessary. The elevation is gained quickly since it is the shorter hike to reach the summit. If you question your endurance or leg strength, do another hike. But if you’re looking for a beautiful view at the top that you have to work a little for, do this!
We met a lot of hikers who seemed to think this would be easy. When you’re at sea level, you can see the top of the peak. It’s obviously going to take a little work!

This hike took my 16 yo son 52 minutes to reach the summit, it took me 1 hr and 14 minutes. Please don’t be dissuaded from this hike based on comments on difficulty. A moderate rating is fair. This was a fairly easy hike with great views. It’s a 4 because you can hear road noise from cars on parts of the trail, and because the summit is accessible by car, there are a lot of people up there. It was about 3 hours total up and back with time at the top.

The east side of the pond is the “easier” trail. If you’re looking for that part of the loop, start at the Jordan Pond House and go to the right. The west side is mostly wooded planks with some rocks as well. It’s a fun, casual trail around the lake. I did see a woman trying to push a baby carriage on the west side though. I had to warn her about the planks and the rocks because a carriage is not getting through those.

Very popular hike - but many return quite surprised by this "easy" trail. First, the entire loop is a LOT longer than you'd expect, this is not a "quickie after popovers" trail. Second, listen to the advice of other posters here - the East side of pond is much easier, wider, and with much better views and you may want to use this side as an out-and-back trail. Once you get to the beach/bridge at North side of pond (after the scramble of landslide boulders) - this becomes an entirely different trail on the West side, with much less lake view. You must navigate thru some difficult boulder areas then onto a very long stretch of wooden planks (basically staring at your feet most of the way, stepping off the planks to let others pass in opposite direction, etc). Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the entire loop, but consider yourself warned about the Western side of the pond.

My kids said that this trail was as in their computer game. We really had fun!
And when you're going down, you're passing through wild blueberry :-)
The only point, if your dog is heavier than 50 pounds and you cannot lift it up on yourself, better don't take it to this trail.

Ascend Dorr Ladder trail; descend Dorr Mt South Ridge, then return to car on Canon Brook/Kane Path. Not sure why it's called "Ladder" trail - should be "Endless Stone Steps!" Incredible workout going up (steps can get tedious staring down at feet), just when you think it's over - you still have a tough climb over exposed granite areas where the views really open up. Great views at summit, seeing all the crowds on adjacent Cadillac summit just above you. South ridge trail down is great thru some pine areas into the shade and quiet of tranquil Canon Brook - walking along the brook and beaver dams, crossing dams on wooden plank bridges back to the car. Parking lot is large off Rte 3, always plenty of space. A very difficult ascent - but overall a great loop hike with tons of variety and no crowds.

4 people, ages 26-28, took just inside of three hours to ascend, admire the view, and descend (deliberately fast pace). On this hot June day the hike was very draining and sorta tough, but I'll call it moderate as I've encountered tougher trails.

Unless you are a rock climber, this is not a “moderate” trial. It’s definitely very difficult. The entire trail is very steep and rocky. Very, very challenging, and I was not the only person who felt this way. We met a number of people on the way up who agreed that this was much more difficult than they were led to believe.

I was actually frightened to go back down the trail once we got to the top of Cadillac mountain. Be aware that the bus that goes around Acadia does NOT go up and down Cadillac Mountain.

In retrospect I’m glad I did the hike, but it should be reclassified as Hard.

Great view very easy trail there is a section that my parents were not to fond of where you have to step across rock. But We loved it.

Some terrain was challenging , rocky and uneven but that made it very unique and a great hike. Theres so much wide open space you can see for miles. The view at that top is georgous!

14 days ago

going every year

Great views, easy loop.

Great 2 miles of hiking, a little challenging at times but a great short hike. Good introduction for those going from easy coastal walks. Amazing views of the harbors, bays and coves. My beagles handles the trail like bigger longer legged dogs! Well done Nena and Hazel!

Not appropriate for dogs

This was a great hike that was a little challenging because of its length and the heat. Some steep parts, but not too bad. I feel like 2.2 miles could be a little misleading because based on my tracker, it was at least 3 miles each way (starting right at the trailhead). I started at the Kebo Brook Trail from a shuttle stop and headed up, stopping in shade along the way. Wear sunscreen or you’ll get burned on a sunny day! The crowds at the top made the hike feel like a little less of an accomplishment, but at least it wasn’t crowded going up or down. Worth trying at least once for the views!

hiking
17 days ago

Lovely little hike! It’s easy, but worth it for the views and relaxing atmosphere.

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