Explore the best trails near Mt Desert with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.



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Hard moderate due to the rock slide has left the walk up a little unmarked at times and ladders that made me nervous even though they were mega sturdy. The view is great and make your way down the Canada cliffs side for an easy decent with no ladders. This hike is for you if you want to avoid the crowds and join the quiet side. Great open flat top area for a picnic or yoga lovers to overlook the water.

Great view at top, steep rocky incline
There is a trail on back side with parking and short walk for those that would prefer an easier walk

Ok - simple loop around lake

Easy, kid friendly. Beautiful view of the lake while walking along the lake.

goat trail was steep but well worth the climb. We added on the Hadlock Ponds trail. A great hike!

Good hike. Not too hard. Great views from the top and on the way down.

Steep, but the views are very rewarding. If you go in the late afternoon, you have the whole mountain to yourself.

This fire tower is definitely worth checking out. The Beech Mountain Loop trail is a little too short for my taste, so I took the Valley Trail, which is like walking through Jurassic Park, seriously. The Valley Trail nearly doubles the distance of this hike. I also went and viewed the Beech Cliffs afterwards which is definitely worth the extra 20 minutes of time. I wrote about all the options to visit these two iconic spots in Acadia on my latest blog post! https://trizzletravels.com/beech-mountain-trails/

Fun, easy hike. Go at sunset for amazing views. The Jordan Pond gift shop is great! Everyone can do this hike.