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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
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Note: Trail can be CLOSED in the east sections due to bird nesting. Please check with the park page for more information. This is a great hike that starts 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.

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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Ben Sandler
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Great hike with awesome views. We did it as a loop (started with the trail AllTrails has on the map and went down the Jordan cliffs trail). I highly highly suggest doing it the reverse way / counter-clockwise. The cliffs trail is a little crazy but is much easier up than down.

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Joey Morrissette
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Artur Rego Costa
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Well maintained, nice ridge, not super exciting though.

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Sarah Eremita
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Matthew McAlister
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Rinat Khaziev
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Steven Marzinsky
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TAYLOR REIF
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Amazing hike to take in what Acadia has to offer. The 360 views are breathtaking

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tim schorer
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Sabrina Shay
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Absolutely incredible. INCREDIBLE!!!!

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Jonathan Friedes
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Amazing 360° views from top! We took others’ suggestion to go counterclockwise & we’re glad we did. You get great views going down and avoid backing down the rungs set into the rock face.

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Ann Solomakhina
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Great observation and fun terrain

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Lynette Cornell
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Sidharth Gupta
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Carissa Ancona
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Took the spring trail to the top with our two small dogs. there was one short area that was very narrow that we had to hoist them through. took deer brook down to the carriage road. a great hike!

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Jigar Bhalodia
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Great hike

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Evan Dorste
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Awesome trail. A lot of technical scrambles with bars and stone stairs. Stopped for many pics along the way. Great!

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Jesse Surprise
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Justin Cohen
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Matt Bosco
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This was a great hike. Started on the Spring Trail at Jordan Pond House. There are some spectacular views and a good variation in the type of terrain. With some significant rock scrambles on the way up it is a difficult trail. Continued on to Sargent Mountain with a return near Jordan Pond to complete a loop. Highly recommend this hike.

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Lauren Richter
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Loved it! We went clockwise with the steep climb at the beginning followed by a picnic at the peak and a great stroll along the lake in the way home. Loved the rock scramble and the views! We went later in the afternoon around 2pm and it wasn’t too busy. Highly recommend!

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Nancy Rudolph
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Jose Mendes
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George Harrop
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Good trail. Some scramble rock face at start. Don’t come back on the pond trail. Too many people. Go to carriage road if you come back by Brooke area

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Ruthie Burke
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Great challenge. I did this with my adventurous 6 year old born climber. We turned around early due to rain. We both enjoyed this. Well marked, well maintained, great views.

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Timothy Jones
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