Explore the most popular lake trails in Acadia National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The agony lies between your adrenaline rush and the moment of the despair (especially when you accidentally looked down once), pretty scary I would say. Just be ready to use your muscles really wisely and coordinately to get yourself up when you are literally are surrounded with nothing but 2-3 iron handles in front of you.

Great view on the top!!! More of a mental game than a physical one! But worth it!!!

The side facing Jordan pond is very steep with a lot of boulders and rocks. Very fun but much more challenging than the other side which was a much more gradual incline.

Absolutely amazing views! Make sure to bring lots of water and try to start on the earlier side. It's really sunny and hot during the summer time. Wouldn't suggest bringing kids on this trail.

Really fun trail. To be quite honest, there were a few parts that made me a little uneasy so if you’re truly afraid of heights or a newbie, I’d shy away from this one. The view is breathtaking though.

awesome trail. a little tougher than I had expected...was surprised to see some little children on it...

This trail was fairly easy but has a beautiful view! You can take a nice refreshing dip in the bowl if you’re up to it, or relax and enjoy the view for a bit before continuing with your hike.

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.

I absolutely loved this trail- going back for a second time shortly after because it was a lot of fun. Definitely need to watch your footing when climbing, with some parts being more difficult than others, but it’s worth it for the adrenaline rush and amazing views. The way up is pretty short in distance, and I chose to go down through the bowl trail rather than back down the beehive trail.

love this trail! I missed out on it the 1st time i was in Acadia since my wife does not do well with heights. This time with a little research i got her to do the bowl trail and head up the back of the beehive. I took beehive and we met 30 yrds from peak. she loved getting the views at the summit without having to do the heights. She loved her hike filled with mild scambling (with our 11 month old on her back) and I absolutely loved the beehive. i've done angels landing in zion and this is a short fun version on that. Will do multiple times everytime i return. Must do early, i only saw 8 people and we finished parking lot to parking lot in 1 hour.

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.

Breathtaking views!!!

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!

Great challenging hike. Nice views from the top.

This is such an incredible hike. Definitely would not recommend for children because there were a lot of steep climbs that I can imagine would be scary. There’s ladder steps and metal bars to help you up. I went late afternoon on a Wednesday and there were only two groups with us. I can’t imagine doing this popular hike with many more people because it’s super narrow and you want to take your time. So worth it. I was skeptical about it being rated as the best hike in Acadia with it only being a short hike, but after doing a few others I definitely agree that this was the best hike!

hiking
4 days ago

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

The wife and I enjoyed it, the kids (17 & 11) were a little bored.

Fun! Not scary while you're doing it (unless you're afraid of heights, I suppose). Looks scarier in photos than it feels, because you always have something to hold on to.

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.

Definitely a great hike, a bit scary for me but glad I did it.

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!

We did this trail on June 23rd. I am terrified of heights, TERRIFIED! I was nauseous the entire trip after my group mentioned they wanted to do this trail. I reluctantly did this hike and was a little nervous at times, but NEVER terrified. It ended up being pretty fun and I enjoyed it. I’m so glad I did it. There’s never a part where there is a sudden drop off the side. The trail always comes back on itself below. There’s a few areas of metal rung climbing and 2 main rock scrambling areas. The first rock section is the “scariest” of the 2 in my opinion. Once you get there, you’re practically to the top. We did it in about 45 mins with time for pictures at the top. Beautiful views, however, you get the same views if you take Gorham Mtn to Beehive if you prefer to skip the “height” stuff. If you’re afraid of heights, just do it! You’ll have a great sense of accomplishment at the end.

More mentally demanding than physically demanding! If you can put aside any fears of heights, this is a fun little hike.

road biking
7 days ago

For cycling, Eagle Lake is an excellent choice for either a loop around the lake (East side is flatter; West side has 2 mile gradual ascent to the crossroads), just riding out/back on East side, or using Eagle to connect with other great trails to the North (Witch Hole), to the South (Bubble and Triad roads to Jordan Pond), or doing the famous over-the-mountain trail. If trying to coordinate some great carriage road cycling days - Eagle is a great place to start and end your hikes.

Surprised there are no reviews here: as this is our favorite loop up/back to Penobscot - but only if the Jordan Cliffs Trail is reopened after peregrine falcon breeding ends in August. The first ascent on Spring Trail is a little intense as it zigzags thru the cliffs with iron handrails to assist - but its not that long before the cliffs end, and you have gradual climb on the spine. Definitely pause in this area to enjoy a break and the excellent views over Jordan Pond House, and the crowds below lunching on the great lawn. You've reached one the best scenic viewing spots of the island (without the crowds who drive to Cadillac summit). After scaling Penobscot's summit, continuing to Sargent summit is optional (I find it adds about an hour). But definitely do not miss a return on the Jordan Cliffs with the incredible views over Jordan Pond, and out to Seal Harbor, Little Long Pond, and the Cranberry Islands. You can enjoy this views so much better while descending on this trail which has its iron rungs and handrails to add to excitement as you pass over exposed cliff bands, old wooden bridge, gnarly tree roots and iron ladder. Lots of fun variety on this descent.

Great hike. Steep incline with bars along the side of the mountain. There are a ton of people on this trail so you may want to start early. We started on this trail, then went down the back side to hike Champlain as well. Highly recommend putting the two hikes together!

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.

Started the hike on Jordan Pond and took the first trail head that went to the Bubbles. This trail is great for families, especially with small kids. We went down the Bubble Divide which was very steep but very cool. I think going up the Divide with three kids would’ve been tough but if you have experienced hikers or, at least average shape hikers, this would have been a great incline.

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.

One of our favorite hikes for a real workout. Don't expect so many ladders as a straight hour of stone steps - with some cool areas in the middle with stone passages, iron railings and ladders. Just when you think you may be done - there's then the climb over open granite areas where the views really open up before you reach summit. At summit - you are just below the crowds on adjacent Cadillac summit (close enough to wave to them) - you appreciate the quietness and no crowds on Dorr. The descent also gives great southern views to Otter Cove, thru some Pine areas down to the very tranquil Canon Brook return - along the stream and beaver dams, crossing wooden plank bridges across the water on your return to car. This parking area off Rte 3 is very large, always plenty of space.

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