Penobscot Mountain Trail

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Penobscot Mountain Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1040 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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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8 days ago

Went up on a super foggy day and it was still worth it - challenging but not impossible. If you do go up in the fog, I would recommend wearing a raincoat. And don't forget tea and popovers at Jordan Pond House as a reward at the end!

10 days ago

We love this hike. Didn't find the southern trail so we took the "Spring Trail" to the top, quite difficult (some of our party turned back). See newest Acadia trail maps for actual trail. The route shown here includes the "Spring Trail" from the south. To the North tie into "Deer Brook" trail for a wonderful overall half day hike.

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15 days ago

Talked to a ranger about the park and this was his personal favorite. We decided to try it along with the Spring Trail, Sargent Mt Trail, and Sargent East Cliffs Trail. The Jordan Cliffs Trail is closed due to Peregrine Falcon nesting.

This trail was rocky and steep through the forest and smooth along the bare rock face. Very beautiful view of Jordan Pond, the Bubbles, and Eagle Lake.

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26 days ago

Stellar views! I felt like I was in another country--like the Scottish hillside because of the rockiness. Beautiful hike!

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2 months ago

Loved this trail. Found it by accident after realizing Jordan Cliffs was closed for the breeding Falcons. The views on this trail are outstanding. Great leg burner but not too long. Can't go wrong with choosing this hike

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7 months ago

Great Winter hike. Look for snowy owls on the east ledges. Saw 4!

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9 months ago

This was a phenomenal trek which includes rocky cliff switchbacks and a few vertical climbs. Once above tree line there are several false summits but the views are stunning and keep you engaged and motivated to summit. Sunblock is highly recommended and scrambling up the vertical cliffs always felt safe...there are even a few spots with some wood railings for added safety but does not take away from the being in nature feeling. Another great thing about this trail was that despite being late September, we only saw a few other couples...a great hike to challenge you physically, mentally and dodge the touristy areas.