Norumbega Mountain and Hadlock Ponds Loop Trail

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Norumbega Mountain and Hadlock Ponds Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mt Desert, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
777 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The goat trail was very difficult but once you got to the top, the rest of the way down was easy and very smooth. A great trail for hikers of all experience levels.

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2 months ago

Recommend taking the goat trail first. Steep ascend right in the beginning, but the rest of the hike is relatively easy. Couple of good views at the top. Surprised by the waterfall near the reservoir.

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3 months ago

Definitely a cool hike...but I don't like where the summit sign is because I've seen people turn right back around because there's not much of a view if you come up from the Goat Trail due to tall trees. If you come up that way like I did, KEEP GOING and finish the loop because the killer views are all virtually past the summit marker!

4 months ago

Steep start. Found the tree roots on the way back to be harder than the climb to the top.

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4 months ago

Not hard. Just steep at start. Great views

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4 months ago

4 months ago

goat trail was steep but well worth the climb. We added on the Hadlock Ponds trail. A great hike!

5 months ago

5 months ago

Goat trail steep starting out rocks slippery if wet gorgeous views decent including Brook's and water falls beautiful

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The trail to the summit (the Goat Trail) is very steep, but there are no rungs, scrambles or treacherous spots, just lots of steep trail with some steps. Once you are at the top there is a nice walk down the open ridge with views, and then a lovely, mossy wooded return with only gentle slopes. It's like two completely different hikes in one. Highly recommended.