Pemetic North and South Ridge Trails

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Pemetic North and South Ridge Trails is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Desert, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.8 miles
1692 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers



Directions from Bar Harbor, ME: Travel the Park Loop Road to approximately .5 mile north of Jordan Pond Gatehouse. The trail begins on the west side of the road in the Jordan House parking lot.

8 days ago

I did the PEMETIC NORTHWEST TRAIL:Pemetic Mountain. It is not listed as an option on here.
Starting at the Bubbles (Bubble Rock) parking, you cross the Park Loop Road and find the Pemetic Northwest Trail marker. This trail ascends the west face of the mountain, crossing over boulder fields and numerous steep rock formations along the way.

The most interesting part of this trail is a short section where the trail splits in two with a "ravine" route or a "ledge" route. The ravine route heads into a small gorge-like break in the mountain with two wooden ladders to assist in the climb.

Just over a half mile out one way, but the steep ascent makes up for the short distance.

12 days ago

Great hike, even for a rainy, cloudy day. started at bubble parking lot and headed east to the pemetic summit but we were unable to find the trail to the summit. Due to poorly marked trails at the top. We decided to head north to bubble lake due to the wind and the rain then looped around past eagle lake and back to the bubble mountains.

The scrambles up are the best part of Acadia, not for the inexperienced or out of shape kind.

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7 months ago

Just did the Pemetic NW trail the other day from the Bubble Rock parking area. This was the most fun I had in the entire park without doing Beehive or Precipice. Anyone that is looking for a challenge without worrying about hanging onto iron rungs, this is the trail for you. It starts out with some rock steps and then gets in your face with some boulder climbs. Pay very close attention to try markers as it is easy to get off trail early. The trail will divide into a Ledge and Ravine route with each offering unique challenges. I went up ledge but wish I did ravine as it way cooler hiking between the rock faces and you have 2 ladders to help you. The two portions will merge back together towards the summit. By far my
some of the best views of Acadia without the massive crowds. Once at top I do not recommend going back down this way as it is way more challenging. The only bad part about this trail is the parking situation, so if you are up to it, make sure you go early.

8 months ago

Very fun trail but we did the south trail up and the NW side down which I think was one of the bubble trails. The south trail up was fun and had great views in the way up so great places to rest and enjoy the view. The NW trail down was a blast. Lots of rock to climb down. We really had to pay attention to the blue trail markers because it's easy to lose the trail with all the rocks. At one point we found a little ravine to climb down into and there were ladders to help you through it. We ended the hike with a section of the Jordan pond trail back to the pond house and that was a nice end to the descent we just did.

Great hike if you're looking to hike for a couple hours. It's not very difficult and the views at the top are really spectacular!

9 months ago

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11 months ago

Finish with popovers at Jordan Pond house

11 months ago

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Friday, October 02, 2015

Great Views from the top!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Too rocky!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Great views from the top. Did cliffs trail up and the ridge trail down.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Tuesday, December 02, 2014