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Penobscot Mountain Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Desert, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 974 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Getting There

Note: Trail can be CLOSED in the east sections due to bird nesting. Please check with the park page for more information.

Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338 Shipping Address Acadia National Park 20 McFarland Hill Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609-0177 More information: http://www.nps.gov/acad/contacts.htm Maine Office of Tourism, 59 State House Station , Augusta, ME, 04333-0059, Phone: (888) 624-6345

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. Walk to the boat ramp and begin on the path running on the pond's southern shore.

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John Andrew
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Hiking

I love this trail. A couple of light scrambling obstacles on the Spring Trail section, but easy enough. The sun can be relentless on top of Penobscot on a sunny day.

Andrew Burnett
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Hiking

Climbed the northern trail to the top. Mostly steps; it wasn’t too difficult. Payoff at the top was worth the climb. Descended the southern trail. This trail is much steeper and more challenging than the north.

Eric Schmidt
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HikingRockyScramble

This was a great hike that started out with a steep climb with a bit of scrambling up the spring trail. The Penobscot trail is mainly on rock top with very little shade, but a steady incline to the the top. The views on top are totally worth it. We took the Jordan Cliffs route down to the Deer Brook trail, and we had to scramble straight down one tough section but other than that it was great. For the last section we walked down the east side of Jordan Pond so we could cool down and admire the mountain we just climbed.

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Meredith Harrington
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Hiking

awesome hike up! ended up getting back on jordan trail to go down to the pond because the back 1/3 of the trail is closed till Aug 15 for the falcons. trail ran along the pond on the rocks/wood planks, it was a blast

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Joe Ward
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Hiking

Solid incline to start with some false peaks then a medium descent then a flat final run around the very large pond

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Matt Corona
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Hiking

Great trail. Challenging but not super difficult. The cliffs trail is awesome and the ridge has great views along the length of it. We took a nice dip in the pond between the two peaks.

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Josh Jackson
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Hiking

Great loop trail. There are a rugged spots to be ready for going up Penobscot. Also, coming down Sargeant is rough on the knees as it’s pretty straight down, but worth it! My 8 year old did great and I would definitely recommend it to others look for something fun and with a couple challenging spots.

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Hiking Dog Daddy
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HikingRockyScramble

Amazing view. We did this counterclockwise starting from Jordan pond and I’m happy we did because there is a beautiful view coming from Penobscot. We modified this track and looped in the southern bubble. Be aware that the Jordan cliff trail is closed. There are bathrooms at the start of the trail. Get there early so there are less people and you can enjoy the trail :) We started at 7am!

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Beatriz Beach
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HikingRocky

This hike takes you though numerous peaks and has the most beautiful views. It is challenging and there are a few steep climbs on rocks. Loved it!

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Dan Davies
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Hiking

One word... SPECTACULAR!

Heather Hansen
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Hiking

Moderate trail with a few strenuous sections. We took the spring trail to Penobscot. The spring trail is where most of the steep climbing is and then Penobscot is a steady climb on top of a rock face with views all around and a nice view of Jordan pond

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Dave M
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HikingRocky

This is the second time I've done this trail. In the first part there is some tricky rock climbing but then the grade reduces and it's a moderate climb to the summit. The views that pop out along the way are incredible. Even though this was past the peak foliage the colors that remained were great.

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Dave M
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HikingRocky

This is a moderate hike with a steady grade through varying forest in the lower sections and smooth rock as you get higher up. The views really open up and it is quite beautiful. There is no water available so plan accordingly.

Kelly Beekman
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Hiking

2.5 hrs took Penobscot up and deerbrook down with a half loop around Jordan Pond to finish. Parts of Penobscot were slightly difficult (rocky ascent) but nothing we couldn’t handle (35 yrs old, good shape). Great views at top!

Shannon Kegley
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HikingScramble

Best view we saw in Acadia

Emily Jones
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Hiking

Great trail Beautiful views

Rich Dura
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HikingNo shade

id say its moderate not hard but over all a great view at the top.

Justin Green
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HikingRocky

Beautiful views of the south side of the island as you go up.

Joan Abington
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Hiking

This was a lot of fun! It was tough in some spots but the fun and the views makes it worth it. It offers a little bit of everything when combined with Jordan Cliffs; steps, scrambles, boulders, scree, ladders, bridges, rungs, railings, cliffs and so on. Bring water. Take your time and breaks if not experienced or don’t like heights. Worth it!

Katerina K.
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I took spring trail up which reminded me a lot of the beehive trail, the actual Penobscot trail is very rocky with little shade but still enjoyable. I went earlier in the morning and it was practically empty with only one other family on the trail. I then took deer brook trail down which was very buggy because it follows the brook. It is however an easier way to get to and from the top of the mountain. It then connects to the Jordan pond loop. On the way down Penobscot there are many chances to join onto other trails including the sergeant mountain trail which is only a mile add on to the original hike and Jordan cliffs. It’s is more challenging but the view is definitely worth it!

Glenn Flick
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Danielle Fenske
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Scramble
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Alex Napoli
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HikingRockyScramble

Rocky at the beginning but smooth ascent to the summit. Took Deer Brook and Jordan Pond Path back to starting point at Jordan Pond House.

Jacob Jesionek
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HikingRockyScramble

We did Penobscot and Sargent together then the second half of the Jordan pond look. Incredible views for only 5.3 miles. Some strenuous ascents and descents

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