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Aurora, Maine Map

worth the views

Short hike with pretty steep elevations- we took our dog and she did fine. From the parking lot it’s a nice loop, up to the top of the mountain, then down to the beach, and back to the parking lot. Highly recommended!

1 month ago

Short but semi-steep hike, amazing view at the top.

over grown
1 month ago

We climbed up the east trail and it was short, but hard. Thankfully we met some nice hikers who warned about the lack of blazers(blue paint) so watch for Caron. The views on top were great-I was rare this moderate.

1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike but not for people who are not sure footed. The return hike from the summit is straight down hill over tree stump and rocks.

3 months ago

We had a great hike and found it to be very dog friendly! Amazing 360 degree views from the top! And the beach looked like a great spot for a swim or campfire. Clean privies as well.

Schoodic Mountain is a good hike with some steep trails and open bald faces to scramble. There are great views looking towards Acadia and Frenchman's Bay. You can make this hike a bit more challenging by adding Black Mountain which can be accessed from the same parking lot. Hike them both, get hot and sweaty and then cool off at the bottom in Donnel Pond for a really tranquil swim.

10 months ago

Great hike.

Not a hard trail but def a 5 star hike in my book!

Not really difficult for most of the trail but does require hands feet and butt in some places :-)

Wouldn't rate it as hard- we got up to the top in 45 minutes, and though there were some steep portions it wasn't anything beyond an average hiker's ability. The views were absolutely amazing (can see Acadia and the ocean, the mountains around Tunk Lake, and even Katahdin if you bring binoculars) and the summit was flat and expansive enough that you could comfortably eat lunch and relax before your descent. There's a whole mess of low blueberry bushes at the top, too! Overall a great, shorter hike that pays out in beautiful views. Would definitely recommend if you want a fun hike but don't want to commit to a full day affair! I think we ended up doing it in about 2 hours with a nice, relaxed snack break at the top.

11 months ago

Loved this one! It has all you would expect from an excellent hike. Nice trail head, decent climb, great summit area having a 360° plateau view, decent descent and a beautiful beach + swimming on the way back. Only a little more difficulties would be great. I still would rate it moderate compared to other trail in this community. We saw just one person on the hike, a little more on the beach (in peak season). Make sure you proceed to the west summit, the east summit has no views at all. The recorded trail is wrong here, its too short.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Paddled the length of Donnell Pond to get to the beach. Found the trailhead from there. Beautiful 80 degree low humidity day. Parts of the trail are steep, but I wouldn't disagree if the trail was categorized as moderate instead of hard. On a clear day like this the views from the top were really spectacular. Lots of blueberries still to be found. The only negative was the tower at the top. It makes it impossible to get an unobstructed 360 degree view. We finished the loop, had a nice dip in the pond and paddled back to end the day.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Enjoyed the views at the top. It was a strenuous climb at places.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Short but testing in places. Feels long on the way up. Great views, well worth the trip.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Quiet easy trail. Lots of options to extend to other peaks.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Great moderate hike with 360 degree view from the top.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Well marked trail with fantastic views. Trailhead for the east peak is not at the Donnell pond parking area. Instead of heading left toward Schoodic Mountain on the access road, go straight for 2.1 miles. a small parking area will be on the right. Trail begins a bit further up the road on the left. The Big Chief trail connects to the other peak and Donnell Pond as well as another trail to Caribou Mountain.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

love This trail!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

It’s a short hike, but well worth doing. The trail by the beach seems to me at least to be the more difficult path up the mountain. Great views of Acadia from the top though and all the lakes in the area. On a very clear day you can see Katahdin way off in the distance. Overall definitely worth the visit.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Lovely trail, great views, not too crowded. Beautiful spot by the lake, too.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nice hike should be rated moderate especially if you think Schoodic Mountain is hard (NOT). Great view east and south

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Far exceeded my expectations. Beautiful views of Frenchmans bay lakes forests and mountains. A 360 view from the top. A great family hike with no difficult areas. The trail markers could be better so extra attention is needed

Monday, September 11, 2017

Gorgeous hike. Steep and rocky but worth the effort. Amazing views at the top. lovely lake at the bottom. We liked that there was hardly anyone there! Our chihuahua and golden made it up and down with absolutely no problem. Make time for this hike. You will be glad you did!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Great hike! Colors are just starting. The trail is well marked but keep an eye out. There is one spot just up from the fork (that takes you down to the parking lot or to Schoodic Beach) where the rocks are marked but if you don't look carefully the trail looks like it goes to the right. You need to go left. It's a challenging hike and very rewarding.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

The incline is steep, and occasionally rocky. Nevertheless, it is absolutely breathtaking once you reach the top!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Really fun, quicker summit hike. Some light scrambling, fun little side trails, and a 360 view that just won't quit. The beach is a nice return loop. Great views of the freshwater lakes and the ocean/Acadia NP. Great way to get your bearings before a weekend on the coast.

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