Explore the most popular birding 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.

Overcast but still a gorgeous place to go. When you go to the entrance of the Reservoir (Jordan Pond) take a right , it will be a nice easy stroll, within 2 miles you will come across an area that you must climb through rocks lots of them,eventually you will get a wooden narrow walkway,(slippery whem wet)Not a good hike for someone that is elderly unless you can just stay before the rocks and turn around. The hike is gorgeous and peaceful.

Had never heard of this trail before, but so glad we found it. Turned out to be an amazing hike! We did Penobscot trail up to the summit and took Spring trail back down. You get a little bit of everything. Step descent.

Views of the cove and ocean are amazing! The walk itself is nothing remarkable.

Outstanding trail. Excellent use of technical skills. Our favorite trail in the park. Definitely a must hike if you plan to visit the park.

Beautiful views throughout the trail, but like others have mentioned, it is much longer than expected. The trail itself os fairly simple, easy, and flat, but it can take a little long depending on how many times you stop to take in the view or the pace you are walking at.

We loved this trail. We did Gorham the day before, and this was definitely a nice change. I was worried it might be a bit of a boring hike since it’s rated as easy, but i was definitely wrong! This is a gorgeous hike with a nice tree canopy. I didn’t want it to end because it was so perfect. The water in Jordan Pond is amazing clear. It’s beautiful.

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

It took our family nearly three hours, not because it was hard but because we stopped to find tadpoles and frogs, watch a beaver calmly munch on the shore, delight in our teens reverting back to delighted toddlers, and take hundreds of photos of this lovely place in the late afternoon. It was a great family hike!

5 days ago

Easy with some fun traversing over small boulders and a walk on a bog trail. Beautiful views.

Very quiet. Nice short hike.

The wife and I enjoyed it, the kids (17 & 11) were a little bored.

Beautiful trail with spectacular views! It’s a pretty simple hike, but it feels very long in its simplicity. We took the simple route first (to the right), then the last mile and a half (approximately) was all wooden planks and a short little rock “scramble.” Still very easy, but not for people with strollers. Beautiful view of the Bubbles! Pristine piece of earth. Absolutely gorgeous!

One of my favorite hikes. We started at the Jordan Pond house, went up the spring trail to Penobscot Mountain trail up to the summit, around Sargent Pond then up to the summit of Sargent Mountain and back down Deer Brook trail to Jordan Pond. Did this with my two kids (ages 6 & 8 - but well experienced hikers at that) and found it perfect. Good scramble at the beginning. Took us a little over 4 hours. Will definitely do again.

Great views. The start involves a technical climb, so be aware.

Did this hike with my two nephews (7 and 10 years old). We walked along a carriage trail for a bit but then once we got to the trail, it was great. Definitely a family-friendly hike with amazing views from the top!

The east side of the pond is the “easier” trail. If you’re looking for that part of the loop, start at the Jordan Pond House and go to the right. The west side is mostly wooded planks with some rocks as well. It’s a fun, casual trail around the lake. I did see a woman trying to push a baby carriage on the west side though. I had to warn her about the planks and the rocks because a carriage is not getting through those.

Took the bubble cut through which was very rocky and difficult leading down to Jordan’s Pond. We did this portion (parking lot to pond) of the hike with 4 kids under 6 and most were okay navigating on their own or holding a hand... although it took us awhile. The Pond was gorgeous and well worth the hike. The kids continued on the east very flat easy portion of the pond with the grandparents to the Jordan House as we took the deer creek path to get onto Sargent Mountain just past the bridge. Once on Sargent Mountain trail it was very steep and large step ups onto rocks. Our quads were burning! I was very glad we did not have the children (also would take us forever). The summit was reached in 35 min (we were going VERY fast as not to take advantage of babysitter) there are many great views of the pond, Cadillac mt and surroundings along the hike. We saw maybe 3 families on this portion of the hike on the most busy week of the summer. Once at the top the view isn’t 360 unless you walk around the very large top area.. However, there seemed to be many others on the summit hanging out. We came down the same way and it was very difficult on our toes. Would recommend hiking boots (sister got blisters from Chaco’s and she’s an avid hiker). The hot tub was much needed after this hike!!! But one of our favs so far

Once you get on the trail and away from the pond, the hike is great! Trail is mostly rocks and has pretty steep incline in some places. View from the top is gorgeous!

Very popular hike - but many return quite surprised by this "easy" trail. First, the entire loop is a LOT longer than you'd expect, this is not a "quickie after popovers" trail. Second, listen to the advice of other posters here - the East side of pond is much easier, wider, and with much better views and you may want to use this side as an out-and-back trail. Once you get to the beach/bridge at North side of pond (after the scramble of landslide boulders) - this becomes an entirely different trail on the West side, with much less lake view. You must navigate thru some difficult boulder areas then onto a very long stretch of wooden planks (basically staring at your feet most of the way, stepping off the planks to let others pass in opposite direction, etc). Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the entire loop, but consider yourself warned about the Western side of the pond.

I don’t know about rating this as hard but I would rate it as moderate and technical. The views were amazing and this is a much more enjoyable hike than Cadillac because there is less traffic. The first part of the hike is very challenging if you’re afraid of heights due to the ledges and climbing. Kid friendly if they can climb not sure if I would take a dog.

We parked at the Jordan Pond parking lot, by the pond house. If you get there by 8AM, you can find a spot without any trouble. Anytime between 9-4, you may have to wait on a spot.

We took the Jordan Pond path over the path to Pemetic from the sound side. The hike up has a few steep parts, but it's not that difficult overall. As you get close to the top, the face opens up and you get some extraordinary views. The cool breeze that comes through the valley over Jordan Pond was refreshing and was welcome.

The views of Jordan Pond were great. At the time (July) the Jordan Cliffs trail was closed due to Peregrine falcon nesting. From our vantage point at the top of Pemetic, we could see the Peregrine falcons soaring over the water, often below us. It was quite a treat to see.

The path on the North side was a bit more strenuous, but not overly so. We were going down the North side, but I imagine coming up that way would require some effort.

Great view very easy trail there is a section that my parents were not to fond of where you have to step across rock. But We loved it.

Great views, easy loop.

I was dropped off at the trailhead in the morning (keep a watchful eye as it is easy to miss). This is a great hike up to Gilmore Peak, with a quick visit to Sargent Pond, on your way to Penobscot Mtn and down to Jordan Pond Nature Center. The Island Explorer bus can then take you back to Bar Harbor.

16 days ago

Lovely little hike! It’s easy, but worth it for the views and relaxing atmosphere.

One of the best trails in the park. Unreal views, you get a full 360 view at the summit.

Hiked from Jordon Pond House to Spring Trail then up to Penobscot. Would also recommend coming down Bear Creek and completing the loop around Jordan Pond.

One of my favorites! Ladders were fun. Great views. The trail goes almost straight up to the top. The way back down we took the Canada trail to the parking lot. That was an easy stroll through the woods. Went over a creek. Very pretty.

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