Jordan Pond, Sargent Mountain, and Penobscot Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews
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Jordan Pond, Sargent Mountain, and Penobscot Mountain Loop Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mt Desert, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

5.2 miles
1,259 feet



nature trips



wild flowers



no dogs

As of June 2018, some users have reported that the Jordan Cliffs section of this trail is closed temporarily. Sargent Mountain North Ridge Trail is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Mt Desert, Maine that offers scenic views. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for hiking.

25 days ago

Would not try this trail when raining or following rain. It was slick in spots but hadn’t rained in 24hrs. Path was challenging and fun but not a lot sightseeing due to a lot of fog may be better on a clear day.

1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes. We started at the Jordan Pond house, went up the spring trail to Penobscot Mountain trail up to the summit, around Sargent Pond then up to the summit of Sargent Mountain and back down Deer Brook trail to Jordan Pond. Did this with my two kids (ages 6 & 8 - but well experienced hikers at that) and found it perfect. Good scramble at the beginning. Took us a little over 4 hours. Will definitely do again.

1 month ago

Once you get on the trail and away from the pond, the hike is great! Trail is mostly rocks and has pretty steep incline in some places. View from the top is gorgeous!

1 month ago

Can’t wait to hike!

8 months ago

My favorite hike in Acadia. There’s some people but far less than many of the other trails. Great views.

10 months ago

This is a great loop for a half-day excursion. The walk around the east side of Jordan Pond is flat and smooth with clever drainage troughs which are easily hopped across. From the north end of the lake the trail to Sargent Mountain gets steep quickly and continues to grind until the bald summit block is reached. The climb from here to the cairn marking the highest point of the broad summit is easy. Once you break out of the trees and start climbing towards the summit, you might want to turn around to get a glimpse of Jordan Pond below. While the summit has great views, the flanks of the flat top prevent good 360-degree panoramas, but if you walk around the summit area, you can see in all directions including Cadillac Mountain to the east, Echo Lake and Bernard Mountain to the west, Trenton and the windfarm to the north, and of course, the open Atlantic Ocean and the islands off the coast to the south.

From Mount Sargent, the hike continues to the south to Sargent Pond, before ascending back to the summit of Penobscot Mountain. Views from Penobscot are similar to those on Sargent; you need to move around to get a glimpse of Jordan Pond below. There are two options to return to the Jordan Pond House: the Ridge Trail and the Cliff Trail. The Ridge Trail from the summit is clearly marked, but we had difficulty finding the access to the Cliff Trail, and the access trail on All Trails map does not correspond with the blue blazes marking the descent to the junction of the Cliff Trail. (See for GPS track of the descent to the Cliff Trail). The Cliff Trail is exhilarating with great exposure, Class 3+ scrambling, fixed iron rungs, and a narrow wooden staircase. Once the cliff face peters out, it is a simple walk off to the junction with the network of gravel carriage roads which lead back to the trailhead.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Went up on a super foggy day and it was still worth it - challenging but not impossible. If you do go up in the fog, I would recommend wearing a raincoat. And don't forget tea and popovers at Jordan Pond House as a reward at the end!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The hike was great, thoroughly enjoyed it. Not for someone looking for a quick hike, take your time and enjoy.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

My son and I did this hike today. The day was perfect, cool, clear and no bugs. This is the best time of year to hike Acadia. There were few people on the trail. Felt like we had the trail to ourselves. The views are beautiful and there was nice foliage on the backside of the hike. The hike was rated perfectly. It is moderate with the right amount of challenge.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Great hike especially for early morning. I was the only one at the summit at 8:30 am. Much better than Cadillac in the morning. I recommend starting at the Pond House and starting with the spring trail, head to the Penobscot summit, continue to Sargent mountain and down to Jordan pond. Jordan pond is beautiful, but there is not swimming allowed. If you want to swim stop at Sargent mountain pond between the two peaks. Definitely make sure you have good socks, this hike has a lot of heel pressure.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Beautiful views. Moderate hike. Decently marked trail with cairns on top of the hills. Not many people around, saw maybe 6 people over 3 hours.

Friday, August 12, 2016

This was a great hike. The path down was difficult due to continued boulders in the path and very slippery.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Really one of the best ways up Sargent. I considered it moderate at its hardest point. Best way is the South Ridge.

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