Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

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!

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2 days ago

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

Very quiet. Nice short hike.

Favorite hike in the park. After this hike you can go across the field for a cool down swim at echo lake

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!

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

This is a great trail down to an isolated rocky beach. My dogs and older mother loved it.

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.

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.

Good quick hike from Echo Lake to the Long Pond boat launch via the valley trail. It is easier going up the ladders than down.

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.

Great hike with beautiful views! Had lunch at the Butterfly Gardens close by.

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13 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.

We loved this trail. My mother had a difficult time in the way down going towards Jordan Pond. We should have went up that way, and taken the easier Bubble trail down. Awesome hike!

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