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Mansell Mountain, Little Notch and Bernard Mountain via Perpendicular Trail

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Southwest Harbor, Maine

Mansell Mountain, Little Notch and Bernard Mountain via Perpendicular Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Southwest Harbor, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1,236 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

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Forest

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Dan L
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Started at Long Pond parking lot and took Cold Brook to Barnard Mt trail then Perpendicular Trail back to Long Pong. Good but not great views on the top but Perpendicular Trail was amazing. If I were to do it again, I would go the opposite direction.

Jessica Fraser
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This trail was a perfect challenge! Not too long, not too hard, pretty lookouts, gorgeous forest, great trail! You tackle multiple peaks and use the Perpendicular Trail up to Mansell which is an engineering masterpiece. I’d do this one again for sure! I’d suggest going UP Perpendicular though... it’s prettier up in my opinion and could be easier on the joints coming down the other side of Bernard... more gradual. We passed by some neat spots I wouldn’t have otherwise known about. Great hike!

Lyle Bartlett
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Carl Benkley
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Perpendicular trail up Mansell is a 100 year old masterpiece of trail engineering. Some may prefer the Hilary Step, but the stairs up Mansell would be worth experiencing even if there was no view at the top. And there is a beautiful view! Make sure you walk out to the lookout point marked by the sign. The Bernard mountain part of this hike is not the best in Acadia, but we felt obligated because it was the only remaining 1000 footer we had not done in the Park. The trail from Great Notch up to Bernard is lightly traveled, and at one point the actual trail hooked left but a trodden path kept going straight. We went 1/4 mile down this path before it dead ended. It just seemed like it should be the trail, even though we didn’t see any blazes. Nevertheless, we recovered and found the real trail again. There is a lunch spot at the top with two benches with a pretty good view north, but Bernard is otherwise tree-covered and bereft of views...and people. Worth considering if you want a solitary experience.

Tom Coffey
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Isa Carolina
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Erik Hamilton
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Samantha Sproul
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Tom Coffey
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Andrew Mcneaney
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Elijah Johnston
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Michelle Cawley
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Jon McLain
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Robert Hanscome
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Daniel Skuret
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Sam lewandowski
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Jeremy Viner
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Nikolette Figeuroa
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Kozmik K
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Thomas Hadig
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Isa Carolina
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Randi Riggs
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Lauren Tishkevich
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Tom Coffey
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David Woodfield
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David Woodfield
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Max P.
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Christopher Carter
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Filomena Diaco
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