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Acadia Mountain and St. Sauveur Mountain Trail Loop

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Acadia National Park

Acadia Mountain and St. Sauveur Mountain Trail Loop is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mount Desert, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 1,167 ft Route type Loop

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Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338 Shipping Address Acadia National Park 20 McFarland Hill Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609-0177 More information: http://www.nps.gov/acad/contacts.htm Maine Office of Tourism, 59 State House Station , Augusta, ME, 04333-0059, Phone: (888) 624-6345

Directions from Trenton, ME: Travel over the causeway on SRs 3, 102 and 198. Bear right staying on SRs 102 and 198. Travel through Town Hill and then on through Somesville. Travel another 3 miles and you will see Echo Lake on your right. Park in the Acadia Mountain parking lot.

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Kat Connelly
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Completed this on a foggy misty morning after some overnight rain. No views due to the weather but an eerie feeling of walking on the edge of the world! Be cautious with footing on the rocks, roots, and stairs since it becomes slippery when wet. Started with the Acadia Mt. section first, and the coming down from there is the toughest (involved some upper body and tricky movements in places). I believe the path goes over the top of what becomes Man O' War waterfall too. Wouldn't recommend for small children or someone uneasy around heights, but a great blood pumping quick hike for the amount of elevation gain!

Joe Henriques
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Hiking

Longer than 3.5, 4.2 miles.

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Jeff Chamberlain
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Hiking

The only part of this route that is rated difficult, rather than moderate, by the USFS is the section coming down Acadia toward flying mountain trail (see attached picture). That part does have several steeper sections that (paradoxically) increase in grade and length toward the bottom, but still nothing that I would consider bouldering/scrambling or anything nearly as exposed or difficult as on beehive trail.

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Jessica Fraser
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HikingRockyScramble

I went during a thick fog, but this trail was still impressive. I’d suggest doing Acadia first, unless you like to scramble up! I imagine this has great views along the trail... although with the fog, I couldn’t see much. But there is a cool waterfall and a neat ocean outlook. I saw some traps being collected while there. I would say Acadia Mt is more impressive, but it’s a great loop together and a fun run down St. Saveur if you like to trot! You can also take a dip in Echo lake when you’re done if it’s hot!

Keri Forbringer
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

These two peaks kicked our butts. Gorgeous views from parts of the trail but the rocks get slick and we weren’t prepared for the scramble up Acadia going counter-clockwise. We are still glad we went this direction because we wouldn’t have been able to get our dog down the scramble very easily. I know it says dogs allowed but our very agile 75lb collie had to be boosted up a few spots.

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James Flannery
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails. Very easy to access the trailhead. Directly across from Echo Lake. It didn't take too long to do, but was well worth it. Once completed my girlfriend and I decided to swim in Echo Lake, which was an amazing end to and amazing hike.

Madilynn Michaud
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Jeff Worster
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Hiking

Good hike for a family. Calf buster at the end. Nice view. Right across from echo lake to go swimming after. Perfect Acadia day.

mary bourque
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19 March 2020 hiked today, perfect conditions for the season! 99% mud and ice free with the few spots of ice clearly on its way out. the mud and ice that were present were easily avoided. I went up St Sauvuer first, then up Acadia. I would recommend this direction (counterclockwise). I know I would have been uncomfortable going down some of the rock scrambles down Acadia if I had gone the other way -- instead I scrambled up. and then you are treated to going down stairs at the end of your loop! great hike, will definitely do again

Daniel Curts
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Amylynne Frankel
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Hiking

I wish I had not listened to the people on this Ap and done this COUNTER CLOCKWISE. Coming down Acadia clockwise was easier, but annoying Bc I know most hikers would rather climb up rock scramble than down. This trail was gorgeous, though, and definitely a fav. Less crowded and had ample parking.

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Christine Tanguay
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Hiking

We had a GREAT hike!! We went up Acadia Mtn. 1st. Then we went on the St. Sauveur trail. It was sooo much fun! Lots of rock scramble to keep it interesting but nothing too hard. We added the Valley Peak part, it added about .8 more and I was so glad I did. The views were great and I had that part to myself. Do this hike. You'll love it!

kevin Shyn
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Hiking

Hiked counterclockwise and included Peak Valley for a total of 5 miles. The initial incline to Peak Valley was moderate and gradual mostly in the tree line. However the decline into the valley was fairly steep. Some sections were wet from the previous days rain. I took a tumble and hurt my pride more so than the scratches from the fall. It’s not so bad, just be careful. The overlook at the bottom of the valley has a small waterfall. Not spectacular but worth a look. The climb back up to Acadia Mountain is a bit steep and can be a scramble at times. It just ups the fun factor. Overall a great hike and had a great day.

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Rich Marshall
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Hiking

fantastic hike and views. moderate difficulty going clockwise, hard going counter clockwise.

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Jochen Rademacher
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Hiking

Supertolle 2 1/2-Stundenwanderung - sehr empfehlenswert!

Doug Girvin
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HikingRocky

Great terrain with lots of ups and downs, some challenging sections and incredible views at the top. Being on the ‘quiet side’ of the park, there were fewer people.

Kirsten Magnuson
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HikingRockyScramble

We did this loop, but added Valley Peak to make it 4.5.miles. We started counter-clockwise from the parking lot by Echo Lake. The walk up Acadia is steep and elevates quickly, but the view up top is worth the trek. The hike down Acadia is also very steep and rocky and requires some scrambling. It was more difficult than the up. That being said, I would still do the hike in this direction. The view from Valley Peak was nice, but nothing compared to Acadia. There is no view from St. Sauver. The hike down is more gradual with some ground cover and rocks. Overall a good hike and worth doing. Also, we did this with two, healthy, active 30# dogs and they did well. I would not recommend it for larger dogs or dogs with any mobility issues, as some of the rock scrambling may be difficult.

T.M. Delahunty
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Hiking

I have hiked Acadia for many years and have done trails so many times that I must disagree with the hard rating on this trail. It has wonderful samples of the best that hiking Acadia can offer: black, moss lined vernal pools, forest breathing, some rock scrambling, but short and not steep. It is a much lower altitude mountain that completely delivers on the best of Acadia. Jaw dropping views are many and directed down Soames Sound and over Cranberries on the distance. This is not a hard hike but it is exercise, but short. It is a perfect demo hike for the much harder ones in the park but this is much more accessible than a hard rating suggests. If you can only do one hike, do this one.

Jennifer Galecki
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Hiking

Definitely go clockwise !! No views at peak for st. Saveur but there are views on the way up ... Acadia - gorgeous views

Hollie Thornton
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HikingScramble

Beautiful trail! Definitely go clockwise! Some scrambling in some parts but great views of sound. Cove trail is closed if planning on adding that on

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Kayla Greene
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HikingRockyScramble

My husband and I started at St. Sauveur parking and went up the mountain and down Valley Peak Trail (way easier on the knees then going up it), doing Acadia Mountain last. Follow the blue blazes, you will see red on the way down Acadia!!! The “hard” rating I give for all the scrambles and the elevation change. Well worth the views even on a cloudy day today. Happy Labor Day!

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