Jordan Pond Full Loop Trail

EASY 298 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 good for all skill levels. 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

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

33 minutes 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
3 days 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
4 days 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.

7 days 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
8 days 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.

8 days 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
9 days ago

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

10 days 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!

12 days 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
12 days 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
15 days 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
17 days ago

18 days ago

Great views, easy loop.

hiking
20 days ago

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

22 days 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.

23 days ago

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

hiking
28 days 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.

hiking
29 days ago

Great little trail! The bubble rocks were beautiful to look at as you walked the loop. Not hard unless you have problems with lots of rocks be sure to wear proper hiking shoes for foot and ankle purposes

hiking
30 days ago

The scenery is indeed pretty and the trail is typically level and in most cases a fun journey. However, for the legally blind, low vision, or disabled it is not a picnic in the park. There is no notice on signage entering the loop about the landslide on the western side of the loop nor information about the one mile of split elevated log trail that must be traversed. This is a serious breach of information needed for those in the blind community or disabled. I also suggest that parents with very young children might want to just take the east half of the loop and skip the western portion. The west side of the trail is not recommended for the low vision or disabled.

walking
1 month ago

Nice dog friendly trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this loop with my three kids, 6, 9 and 12 years old. Amazing views, fun and exciting boardwalk and rocky section and a little beach halfway that’s great for skipping stones. I wonderful family hike.

walking
1 month ago

A pleasant walk with great views of the water and the bubbles.

1 month ago

Beautiful views around the pond. We did this hike late in the evening and had the place to ourselves!

1 month ago

We did this hike in the rain, but still enjoyed it. The boardwalk section gets old, but the rocky section is fun and there’s great views the whole way around. People on the trail seemed concerned that our pup would struggle with the rocky section, but she handled it like a champ. I think most young dogs would be fine on it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views the entire way around the pond! Super easy trail that offers incredible views and a fun “bog walk” through thick forest. Great easy trail for everybody to enjoy.

1 month ago

Moderate d/t few hundred yards of scramble over easily marked rocky portion at beginning of clockwise trail. Just after the wonderful boardwalk. The rest is easy. We were second vehicle in lot at 7:35 am; by 2 hours later the extensive lot was half full. Yesterday afternoon couldn’t get a spot. GO EARLY!! Amazing sun on endless changing views. Fresh beaver activity. Pretty bug free w/o bug spray. Unique walking stick medallion at Acadia Visitor Center.

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed this trail, even on a day with gloomy weather. The slight detour through the mud wasn’t great for the section they are repairing. Hiked with 4 kids ages 2-8. They all seemed to enjoy and there wasn’t any issues of them not being able to maneuver the trail. This has always been a favorite of our family for multiple generations. Everyone can do it and spend time together with beautiful scenery.

1 month ago

This trail was beautiful. I went with my mother who had broken her ankle and we chose this trail bc it was rated ‘easy’ but there were some parts she had a little trouble with. There is a section where you climb over rocks and scramble and there is a pretty good length of the trail that is a bogwalk, so you’re constantly having to look down so you don’t fall off or in between the slats. But, it was a nice walk in the woods, with a nice breeze and beautiful views!

1 month ago

If you have the time, do the whole path. Usually empty early in the morning, and so quiet. Varied terrain. Easy as far as ratings go for Acadia NP

hiking
2 months ago

This was a beautiful trail, but I wouldn’t rate it as easy. Depending on which way you took, the first part of the trail is flat. The second part has you walking over rocks and on a wooden boardwalk. Would not recommend that section on a wet day.

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