Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews
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Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Desert, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.5 miles
1,318 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers


2 days ago

Less crowded than most major summit hikes in Acadia. Excellent views. A little long as there is several up and down (I prefer steeper climbs), however definitely worth it!

16 days ago

This might just be my favorite hike to date! Once I found the trail head, it was absolutely amazing the entire way. Unbelievable views from every direction at the summit. Challenging climb the majority of the way... a tab bit tough on the knees, but well worth it!

1 month ago

We took this trail down from Sargent after going up the Gorge trail (hitting Parkman and Gilmore peaks). It was a beautiful hike with a full 360 view from at the top of Sargent. Highly recommended

3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in the park. Good views and a little bit of work. Surprisingly less crowded than some of the other trails in the Jordan Pond or Beehive area.

9 months ago

Just challenging enough! The views were unbelievable. Be sure to wear waterproof shoes. It rained the day before , so parts of the narrow trail towards the top were somewhat flooded. Totally worth it!!

9 months ago

Great hike and easy trail to follow. Took our family of 5 (kids 16,14, and 12) and along the route are some great views of the bay and surrounding area. At the top, just past the summit is an unmarked trail leading down to a crashed plane from the 50s and the wreckage is still there. Very interesting but somber area. Overall, a great hike.

11 months ago

Great hike, just the right amount of challenging. Best view in Acadia!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Took this trail from Penobscot Summit. Easy, walk past a small pond, beautiful views along the trail and at the summit.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I love this mountain. The pines against the bouldering hills looks like something out of a movie. Beautiful landscape!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Easy to follow even at night

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Phenomenal, classic Maine scenery in a nutshell. Highly recommend!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

First time in Acadia and this was a good trail to hike. The trail is well marked going up the mountain, but not as good going down. We almost got lost halfway down the mountain due to no markers, but overall a great hike!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

We did the Spring Trail to Penobscot Mountain and Sargent Mountain - Sargent was one of our favorite summits in Acadia. Did the hike with my sons, ages 7 and 9, so it's definitely doable with young kids. The trails are really well marked.

Not as much scrambling and rock climbing as Beehive, which was more fun, but the views were absolutely spectacular.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Used my phones GPS to get to the Trailhead. It actually took me to the Hadlock Brook trail and Parkman Mountain trail. It was a great hike with great views. Made a loop which is always fun.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Sargent was my favorite summit in Acadia. The ridge is beautiful and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. It is second to Cadillac in altitude but much less crowded so you can really take in everything that Acadia's peaks have to offer.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Really great hike, there are multiple ways to ascend Sargent mountain, and multiple ways to turn it into a loop hike. There are some great stone arch bridges on the way, some gorgeous views from the summit, which is completely open. This is a great hike, not overly steep, well blazed trail.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Great hike! We did bubble rock first then up east cliffs which were challenging! Penbscot is almost a must from here. Went around Jordan pond after for a cool down. Great 3 summit day.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Nice hike. Moderately strenuous with some tricky areas. I started at Jordan pond and did Spring to Penobscot to Sargent and then came down east cliffs back to Jordan pond. Going up Spring was only 0.5 miles or so but was the toughest part of the loop. Some areas I was really scrambling and using both arms to pull myself up. Well maintained with some safety beams on the sides for balance at a couple spots. It was a fun stretch but I definitely didn't want to come back down that way. East cliffs was the only part I didn't like. It was steep and covered with slick leaves and water runoff. Not nearly as well maintained as the rest of the trails in the park. Great views from top of Penobscot and Sargent. A lot of the hike is up in the top in the open which was really nice. There are probably easier side trails up and down that would make for a better loop.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sargent and Penobscot Mountains are outstanding hikes, but it is important to do them the right way and to not underestimate how strenuous they are, especially when the temps rise above 80 degrees. Bring at least three quarts of water with you if you are doing this hike on a hot day. I strongly advise against using the Spring Trail that originates near Jordan Pond. It is extremely steep, not entirely safe, and offers no real reward except getting up the mountain quickly. Instead, start at Jordan Pond and take the Asticou Trail to the South Ridge Trail. The South Ridge will reward you with splendid views as you approach the top of Penobscot. You should then proceed to Sargent Pond (take a short swim if you so choose). After taking a break at the pond, proceed up Sargent Mountain, which will reward you with even more scenic views. After taking the obligatory photos of yourself at the summit, proceed back down to Sargent Pond and then take the Deer Brook Trail down. Deer Brook is a poorly maintained trail with lots of rocks and tree roots, so watch your step. Bring lots of bug spray and sun screen. Don't attempt any of the above unless you are in good physical condition. Have fun.

Friday, May 31, 2013

This was one of the most amazing hikes I've ever been on! I'm in very good shape, so I underestimated the "strenuous" rating. It is definitely not for the faint of heart or the reckless. You'll be climbing up and down long stretches of rocks at considerably steep grades and probably falling into your butt a few times in the process. But you'll also be enjoying some of the most humbling views the United States has to offer. This trail will also take you through some beautiful pine forests. The varied terrain and scenery made this hike way more fun than I could have imagined!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Wonderful views from the top. Looking down over Sargent Pond is neat. A great hike and a good hike if limited in time. One of the trails you will be glad you did! Overlooking most everything from the lakes to the ocean.. It doesn't get any better than this...would give it a better rating if I could.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Nice hike great views moderate to easy. Loved the hike once on the open granite. Woods were nice and views okay.

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