Jordan Cliffs Trail to Penobscot Mountain

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Jordan Cliffs Trail to Penobscot Mountain is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mt Desert, Maine that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1138 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Non-Technical (rock scrambling, iron rungs & ladders), cliff-side hike along Penobscot's east face looking down on Jordan Pond.

1 day ago

Amazing hike. I think for a more experienced hiker due to the cliffs. Views are incredible. Round Trip took 3.5 hours and I am a slower hiker. Lots of stops for views.

1 day ago

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11 days ago

Intense. Add about 1/2 mile for a dip detour in Sargent Pond.

hiking
22 days ago

Definitely a steep climb in either direction, but the views are killer!

1 month ago

if u have a problem with heights this is not for u

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! The only thing was that on the way back on the loop; the Jordan Cliffs trail section with the fixed iron rungs was closed due to falcon nesting. We ended up continuing down a different trail down the mountain to Jordan pond and walked the path around the pond back to the parking lot. It ended up being a lot longer hike but it was definitely worth it. Plenty of beautiful scenery.

8 months ago

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11 months ago

We did this in reverse, and stopped at Sargent Pond. Probably my favorite of our trip. It was absolutely beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

A park ranger recommended this hike to us, as we were looking for something interesting. We ended up hiking to the top of Sargent Mountain from here, back down Deer Brook. This hike offers amazing views, boulder scrambling and narrow trail with steep drop offs. The iron rung sections are definitely challenging, but doable with careful hand/foot placement. Not a trail if you have a fear of heights or for the very young. Our 11 and 14 year olds scramble up just fine. Just be aware of your party's abilities and comfort level. Highly recommend this great hike!

11 months ago

Awesome views. if you've done the beehive this reminds me of an endurance version of it.

hiking
11 months ago

Fantastic trail. A lot more challenging rock scrambles than some of the other trails in the area. Beautiful 360* views once you get up to the top. Some of the ledges are narrow and it does require some upper body strength but all in all it was a great hike.

11 months ago

Great trail. Great views.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Awesome climb to the top. Sheer cliffs and iron rung portions. Beautiful cut offs and peak views. Suggest taking the smooth slipping way down.

hiking
Monday, September 29, 2014

Great, but scary, hike. For those of us who struggle with heights and ledges, but choose to push through, this is a challenging trail. One finds himself/herself on a ledge perched high on a cliff-face about halfway up the trail. The trail is well maintained and very safe, but I had to make sure not to look down too often!

hiking
Friday, October 18, 2013

This trail is not for the faint of heart. nor the out of shape. It is consists of a lot of rock scrambling and a little bit of climbing. There are also some good drop offs beside the trail. Really enjoyed the hike, but it is definitely a moderate to strenuous trail. I imagine the views are terrific from this trail, but we were pretty socked in with clouds.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

This is a great climb/hike if you like non-technical climbing. This is on my top 5 list of all time favorite trails. The ocean and lake views are amazing. This trail is very diverse with everything from rock scrambing, to ladders and bridges.