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I did this trail clockwise so Penboscot trail first which was pretty much a vertical climb/continuous staircase which was a killer workout. Then it was a slow incline up the Penboscot open face mountain with epic 360 views of Acadia. Then it was a smooth descent down the Jordan Cliffs which was a nice view/overlook of the nearby lake. Highly recommend as this has some really epic views.

Loved this easy hike - we thought the ‘boardwalk’ was fun and the entire trail is very picturesque. Saw folks of all ages and several people had their dogs along. Reward yourself with a delicious popover at Jordan House!

3 days ago

awesome trail with some gorgeous views...high steps and rungs. Challenging in places but worth the effort!

I loved it, I took Teds advise and went left starting out. Def thanked him in the end. And enjoyed the fresh pop-over after the hike. It was gorgeous all the way around.

We took our way up via Penobscot trail in a rainy day. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life. The rocks were so steep n slippery, there were iron rungs for you to hold onto but sometimes we just had to grip the ridge of those rocks to pass by. It was a lot challenging than Beehive n Precipce. Made it all the way up, hiked on the flat top of the mountain then took Spring trail to go back down. It was easier if you start from Spring trail then use Deer Brook to go back down. I would use the same way up if I could be back here.

Loved this trail. Went with my 63-year-old mother and took my husky and we had a great time. The West Side is definitely more work (bogwalk and rocks here) and the east side is a breeze with wonderful photo ops so plan which aide you want to tackle first. Total it probably took us almost two hours at a nice stroll with lots of stops for pictures. It was a rainy day so the few portions of rock walking and bogwalk were a tad slippery - I would recommend aiming for a dryer day. It was foggy but we have excellent pictures and it actually gave Jordan Pond a beautifully unique scene. I would absolutely do again and am very happy we took the time to do this loop!