Bernard Mountain Loop Trail

HARD 21 reviews
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Bernard Mountain Loop Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Southwest Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1640 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Nice jaunt through wooded forests to the top of Bernard Mountain. Slight views to the west. Steep in some parts with rocky terrain.

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1 month ago

Awesome trail with nice viewpoints and scenery!

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Great trails to pick from. Recommend going up West Ledge Trail from Western Mountain Road up to Bernard Mountain Trail, the views were spectacular. Happy hiking!

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3 months ago

3 months ago

Moderate challenge. Beautiful views of massive swaths of both Baxter State Park and Katahkin National Monument.

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5 months ago

Great trails but very difficult up and down. Steep up and some steeps on the way down. We enjoyed the hike but hit a foggy day with not too much to see. We combined to hike both Bernard and Mansell. Lots of options for routes. Good workout as well.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Great exercise Decent views on the ascent. Missing the vista at the top. Hobbit like forest

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

It was a great trail. Definitely requires some experience hiking. There were several steep climbs. It was worth it for the views.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Nice hike as part of my loop today. Took Sluiceway to get there. Once at the top of sluice it is just a short steep scramble to summit of Bernard. Of course on this beautiful rainy day there were no views overlooking the area. Once again if you love the forest these trails are for you. Fall hikes will be beautiful here with the color.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Well even with the rain I hiked a big loop today including this trail. It was very wet underfoot and slippery in spots along the open ledges. No views today and was just a hike to workout and take off my bucket list of trails. It was pretty with lots of mossy areas which added to slippery feeling in spots. It was steep in places but as long as you have good hiking boots you should be fine. I would not recommend this for the casual hiker.