Jordan Cliffs to Sargent and Penobscot Mountain Loop

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Acadia National Park

Jordan Cliffs to Sargent and Penobscot Mountain Loop is a 7.4 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 7.4 km Elevation Gain: 467 m Route Type: Loop

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rocky
8 months ago

Sargent mountain was stunning! Both were great hikes and views. Jordan cliffs were closed so we had to do the loop backwards which wasn’t bad.

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

We have hiked most of the Acadia trails at this point, and we thought this was the hardest (although we haven't done Beehive or Precipice to compare it with). It had rained the day before, so some of the wet spots may have added to the challenge. The reviewers who say it's harder for short people and for people afraid of heights are right, I think, since I'm both and I definitely struggled with a few spots. We think it's hard, not moderate. Summited Penobscot, then back on the Penobscot trail to Jordan Pond for under 4 miles. Beautiful views, fun scrambles, pretty forest and brook crossings. A sign said it's closed weekdays for renovations.

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9 months ago

This loop tested us a bit today and more like 5.5mi when it was done. Great views throughout and a variety of terrain. The initial ascent builds slowly but surely and the first mental test when we reach the cliff. Props to the trail elves who are doing a great job benching. There were no real pucker moments but consequences are real and short sections where hand holds were appreciated. The climb up to Mt Sargent is for real and takes you to 1373’. Rock work was superb with well placed stones and lots of stairway. The views on the way down Penobscot were awesome with the weather we had. Lunch at the Pond House was off the wall good for food service and location. This place is a gem. Great loop and highly recommended to those of moderate fitness. Make sure to have a Pondhouse “Popovers” before you leave

hiking
10 months ago

Started out early 5:30 and did not see a soul until we got down to Jordan pond. Jordan cliffs was closed (peregrine nesting) but was not a problem. This was our first hike ever and we are from Florida. Wife handled it with no problem. Asended to Penobscot then Sargent then back down to Jordan Pond. Did the whole trip in 3 1/2 hours and took it slowly.

Sun Sep 02 2018

Great hike without all the crowds. Parts of this hike are difficult for shorter people (my wife is five foot naught) and the iron steps proved challenging. However, the views are worth the effort. Recommend going early to get decent parking.

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Wed Jul 11 2018

Surprised there are no reviews here: as this is our favorite loop up/back to Penobscot - but only if the Jordan Cliffs Trail is reopened after peregrine falcon breeding ends in August. The first ascent on Spring Trail is a little intense as it zigzags thru the cliffs with iron handrails to assist - but its not that long before the cliffs end, and you have gradual climb on the spine. Definitely pause in this area to enjoy a break and the excellent views over Jordan Pond House, and the crowds below lunching on the great lawn. You've reached one the best scenic viewing spots of the island (without the crowds who drive to Cadillac summit). After scaling Penobscot's summit, continuing to Sargent summit is optional (I find it adds about an hour). But definitely do not miss a return on the Jordan Cliffs with the incredible views over Jordan Pond, and out to Seal Harbor, Little Long Pond, and the Cranberry Islands. You can enjoy this views so much better while descending on this trail which has its iron rungs and handrails to add to excitement as you pass over exposed cliff bands, old wooden bridge, gnarly tree roots and iron ladder. Lots of fun variety on this descent.

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7 months ago

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