Pemetic North and South Ridge Trails

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Acadia National Park

Pemetic North and South Ridge Trails is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Desert, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,870 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

6 months ago

I set out to see something fabulous and was not disappointed!! The summit was crazy-beautiful. the south trail along the top was equally fabulous. It should be noted that alltrails has you go all the way down the south side to Jordan pond... it's a very pretty pond but, in my opinion, not worth going all the way down only to climb back to the top to get to where by Jeep was parked, north side. Still, this hike was what I wanted and more!!

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7 months ago

2nd time doing this one this year.... only passed 4 people on trail and the park was crazy busy. This trail will get your HR going... excellent view. Leaves are almost at their peak! Happy Fall and Cheers!

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8 months ago

Moderately challenging for a fit mid-50’s hiking pair. Well marked. steep but no real scrambling. Great views on a mildly windy but pretty clear day. Down via northwest Pemetic trail which was more challenging going down then the hike up.

Jordan pond to Pemetic south- awesome views. Very challenging hike with steep uphills!

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8 months ago

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

This trail took our trip to Arcadia from great to the trip of a lifetime. though much more strenuous than we anticipated, we made it to the top an hour or so before sunset (and ended up getting back to camp at 9pm in the dark), and it was breathtaking. My 50lb agile dog had a blast, though a few of the jumps up rocks were pretty tough for him. only ran into 2 other people on trail, which is refreshing from the business of the park. we went up from bubble pond, then down and across the triad.

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9 months ago

Fantastic hike! Certainly strenuous. A good mix of terrain. Took south ridge trail up and back bc we missed the parking lot and ended up at Jordon Pond House lot and from there we walked to south ridge trail head. We had our dog and she did great! great views at the top! It was an overcast day, but I'd imagine it would be hot at the top. We are not experts, and had some new hikers in the group and the ascent took about 1:45 which included breaks; descent was about 45 minutes. I can't believe we hadn't yet done the hike in all the years we've been coming to Acadia!

9 months ago

A little difficult to find the entrance. Go over the carriage rd bridge and it’s in your right about 100 yds. Great hike with the kids!!!

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9 months ago

Stared at bubble park lot, took trail across the road up the mountain, then down the other side to Jordan, continued to south bubble and back to lot. Good loop and do it this direction. Started up the mountain and just climbing up with a 3 and 6, not easy. Way down other way was a breeze.

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10 months ago

Beautiful hike and views. We hiked up the trail from the Bubbles rock parking, then down the east ridge trail and around to Jordan Pond and back. There are fun and challenging scrambles on the trail up from the Bubble rock parking lot.

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10 months ago

A great trail. All the same views as Cadillac but none of the traffic.

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10 months ago

This is one of the more challenging trails in Acadia. The North to South summit is the harder route. There are no ladders along the way as of 9-24-2019 as some of the pictures show. The views at the top are the best I've seen in Acadia. If your up to a challenge this is a great one to check out! Happy Hiking!!

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rocky
10 months ago

Nice hike with great views at the summit. We went from bubble pond up the north and down the south ridge. I would recommend going down the south as the north has a lot of roots and some rock scrambles.

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10 months ago

Fun and mildly challenging trail. Steep in some areas and can be difficult to ascend up the smooth rock face when wet. Took nearly two hours to hike up and back but the views of the landscape are more than worth the effort!

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rocky
11 months ago

This trail is HARD, make sure you have excellent shoes, plenty of water, and plenty of time. This trail is rewarding once you reach the summit. I highly recommend this trail to anyone, but probably not people with children under the age of 10.

11 months ago

If you're at Acadia National Park, this is a hike well worth your trip and time. With weather becoming hotter, you'll enjoy the wooded areas. When you get to the top, you will definitely enjoy the 360° view. Just watch out for tree roots, as well as a few loose rocks.

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11 months ago

Rocky with tree roots. Difficult walking but the view was worth the hike.

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11 months ago

We did the north trail in and out only. It was great. The kids 8 and 9 did it with us and loved it. It is an up hill but the views make it worth it!

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Wed May 29 2019

We hiked Pemetic North up to the summit and came back down via the NW trail. Overall, this was my favourite hike in Acadia (maybe because we weren’t planning on hiking it). Bubbles Parking was so congested we opted to park up at Bubble Pond and spotted this trail on the map. It was reasonably challenging because the first half of the climb was rocky terrain and conditions were wet. Amazing views overlooking Bubble Pond and then Eagle Lake/Jordan Pond towards the top. The sun came out pretty much when we emerged from the woods- I’d highly recommend! The NW trail descent was the icing on the cake. As I said, this hike was a spontaneous choice so it was a lovely surprise to navigate our way down via a ravine and some interesting bouldering. The upper body got a great workout! Our full hike was Pemetic N climb, Pemetic NW descent, Jordon Pond Carry to Jordan Pond and immediate intense (ish) climb up Bubbles Trail to see Bubble Rock, down to Bubble Parking via the easier path and finished with the road walk back to Bubble Pond! We covered some distance but a loop I would recommend in a heartbeat.

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Mon Apr 15 2019

Great hike - it started to rain and then pour so it was a bit of a challenge because it was rocky. The view was beautiful especially with the fog rolling in

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Mon Oct 08 2018

decent hike not one of my favorites though

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Mon Sep 24 2018

9/19/18. Going North there are fab views a lot of the way up — it’s quite challenging in parts. The descent is more wooded, and the final part down to Bubble Pond is best taken slowly. Our hike was a point to point as we caught a bus by Bubble Pond back to where we started at the lot. I'll come back one day to complete the out and back version.

Fri Aug 10 2018

Great hike. Went with my wife and 3 boys(12,13,14).. we hiked up and back from the NW trail head. About 50 minutes up and 30 minutes down. Great rock scrambles, steep incline, and up through a ravine with ladder climbs. Unbelievable views from the top..Was our favorite hike of the week..

Tue Aug 07 2018

Loved the South Ridge trail up! Went before dawn to see the sunrise. Beautiful and peaceful. Saw the cars driving up Cadillac across the way. Parked in the Jordon Pond north lot and took the Jordon and Bubbles path to South Ridge. Left an hour before dawn and took exactly an hour to get up to the summit. Head lamps are def needed, but the climb was very doable in the dark.

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