Perpendicular Trail

HARD 12 reviews
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Perpendicular Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Southwest Harbor, Maine that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

2.5 miles
954 feet
Out & Back



no dogs

Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338

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4 months ago

I love this hike! The invigorating workout is refreshing and the views from the overlook areas are rewarding! I went Saturday at 24 Degrees. The sun was warm but the hiking really heated me up. There was very little ice on this trail but there were a few spots to be cautious while passing. The view from the summit is all grown in but at least it is out of the wind!

10 months ago

11 months ago

Hiked the Perpendicular loop trail. The ladder and rungs shouldn't scare away dog owners. Our black lab scooted right around it easily. The trail was well built and pretty interesting to follow the stone work steps around a landslide area and in front of a big cliff.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

So many steps! But awesome

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Really great views after a long stair climb.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Stair master extreme! Well worth the hike with beautiful views at the top. Great workout

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

This hike is an amazing climb. When reading about trail it said a ladder and rungs to climb which there was but they were nothing really and almost not needed. I went up the trail as part of a loop hike which was Mansell and Razorback which I have put reviews in. The views were fantastic and the steps were not all that difficult to go up. If you are in somewhat decent shape it is very doable and well worth the effort. Next time I do this hike it will be up and down both ways. The best way to Mansell no doubt. It took me 30 minutes from the parking at pump house and that was with stopping for views along the way.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Took the Perpendicular Trail down to Long Pond from the top of Mansell Mt. Amazing coastal forest trail that ends in a grand winding stone staircase. Definately worth the drive to the less hiked area of Acadia National Park. Be sure to test out your echoing skills at the pond once you reach the bottom.