Jordan Pond Full Loop Trail

MODERATE 342 reviews
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Jordan Pond Full Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mt Desert, Maine that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
62 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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

Easy hike/walk around Jordan Pond. Parking was easy early in the morning, however was filling up by the time we finished. The lake views are wonderful with such clear water and the Bubbles in view. Heard the loons, but they kept out of sight.

1 day ago

An easy, level hike. Jordan Pond is one of THE most popular Acadia attractions: get there early. If parking fills up at the Jordan Pond House use the boat landing parking lot just down the road. Excellent hiking every season.

walking
1 day ago

This was such an enjoyable walk around the pond. Nice loop open to the pond and into the trees. Then we stopped to have popovers and ice cream at the Jordan Pond House. Totally recommend it. Great afternoon!

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail with gorgeous views around Jordan Pond. As at most popular spots, parking was tough when we arrived at ~10:30. We went clockwise and about 1/5 of the way in, encountered a some easy portions on split logs to keep you out of boggy paths; if someone comes from the other way, one party must yield. A little easy scrambling over some rocks and boulders. Mostly easy paths and a couple bridges. No bikes or wheelchairs. My boys took a quick detour up to bubble rock and met us back at Jordan Pond House for lunch. Skip the heavily-hyped $4 popovers if you are on a budget. Saw loons, frogs, fish, gulls, and chipmunks. Heard squirrels. Fairly busy on this hike, but not annoyingly. Only heard street traffic only as we completed the east side.

walking
8 days ago

Beautiful scenery! Add on the bubbles for extra fun!

walking
11 days ago

12 days ago

Beautiful hike. Very easy, but also very busy.

15 days ago

if you stay on the trail it's an easy trail but the views will not disappoint!!

hiking
16 days ago

I honestly can’t say enough about this trail. It’s stunning. That said, it gets crowded as it’s easy. If you’re doing the loop, go early.

I left from the restaurant at 1pm and went up the east side and to the Bubbles Connector and up Pemetic then back down to the restaurant. While the second half of my loop was quite difficult the first part is entirely flat with most of the way walking on boards across the lake brush.

Be very careful to not step off the boards. If another group is coming or passing, step on a nearby rock and not the brush.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike. Loved the plank trail and rocks. My family really enjoyed this hike!

18 days ago

Love it

hiking
19 days ago

Jordan Pond is one of my favorite destination in Acadia. The scenic view from this pond is absolutely memorable and I've done this trail on every visit to Acadia. The air is fresh, the water is refreshing and the view is simply spirit rejuvenating. The only thing I have been meaning to do is to rent a kayak or canoe out for a few hours. I really like to see the scenery from the water's point of view.

22 days ago

nice walk. pleasant and easy

28 days ago

Busy, and side to the left of the pond is a bog walk on logs that limits ability to get out of the way of others. Right side of the pond is super easy, gravel.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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!

1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great views, easy loop.

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Bit slow going at times, but overall amazing. they're on the process of replacing the bog walk to newer planks with wider paths to more easily pass people.

1 month ago

The entire west side of the trail is on wood planks.

hiking
1 month ago

Took this hike after a hearty lunch at Jordan Pond House on a slightly overcast/foggy yet beautiful fall day.. We went counterclockwise around. I would recommend that direction for those looking for an easy level hike since the east side is easier and mostly level. Half way point is a beach, stream & bridge over which the Bubbles tower above. This is where you need to make decision to turn back or go on the west side which is a bit rugged. There are granite rocks along the shore to climb over which may not be easy for small children, the elderly or anyone unsure of their balance. Once over the rocks, one walks on raised wood plank walkways that wind through beautiful peaceful green pine forest. Some of the planks had recently been replaced. A chipmunk come right up to us. The only thing I didn't like was younger more agile hikers who "rammed" their way along the walkway forcing most people coming in the opposite way (counter clockwise) to get off the walkway or be forced off. Be considerate of other hikers. The west side was less traveled in late afternoon. Earlier while we were still on the east side, I could hear families with children shouting from the west side. Quiet would be nice to enjoy nature & people need to control their children. The scenery is breathtaking & photo worthy. The mist changed the scenery every few minutes. We had the bonus of the fall foliage. We also saw evidence of beavers (chewed trees) and saw a pair of loon on the lake.

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