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Great hike, great views! Definitely more highly trafficked, but still great.

hiking
1 day ago

We hike only 5 or so times a year, max, so this was a good workout. Steep with lots of rock scrambling for the top 2/3. Lots of false peaks, as mentioned previously. View is lost when the fog rolls in, obviously. Our 2 step trackers both said this was in excess of 3 Miles, btw, so info on here may not be accurate.

Views! A bit crowded. Definitely plenty of kids, and we brought our dogs who navigated just fine.

1 day ago

Our first All Trails hike and review. This was challenging for this family of five, but no regrets. I would not recommend for anyone who is in very bad shape or with heart or severe back issues. We took 2.5 hours but I’m sure fitness hikers could do it in half that time. We parked on Route 102 and parked along the road near the small Echo Lake lot (toilet shack right there!). Trailhead lot is on east side of road. Beautiful views of Somes Sound. Even though you might be loathe to climb down to the waterside, take the well marked down and back trail just after the Man O War creek. We missed the MOW waterfall into the water, so research this so you don’t follow suit. The fire road trail back to the road was dull, but welcomingly easy.

great trail and a good swim opportunity on the fjord side, no beach but a boulder entry.

Beautiful scenery! Add on the bubbles for extra fun!

Great hike. Went with my wife and 3 boys(12,13,14).. we hiked up and back from the NW trail head. About 50 minutes up and 30 minutes down. Great rock scrambles, steep incline, and up through a ravine with ladder climbs. Unbelievable views from the top..Was our favorite hike of the week..

First hike my son did at age 3. Views are redic.

One of my favorite all time trail. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and my son loves watching all the little school of fishes and frogs. The scenery from Jordan Pond is the most spectacular of any scenery in Acadia National Park I think.

The water look so clear and pristine. I only wish I have a kayak to take out into the pond. The Jordan House visitor center is located a little too far out from the pond to get a really good panoramic view. But from the second floor observation it is still pretty out of this world. I love all those rocks that jet out of the shores but some of them are loosey goosy so watch your step.

Last Wednesday was my 5th trip to Acadia and I have done this trail on everyone of my visits. I would rate this higher than the Mount Cadillac summit loop.

Did it on a foggy, drizzly morning, so no views, but still a nice hike. Started on the St. S. Mt. Trail and went as far as Valley Peak before turning up the Valley Trail and heading towards Acadia Mt., which added about another .7 miles. Glad I did not start out climbing Acadia Mt., as descending the wet rock on the steep side would not have been a good time.

I went up Mt. Acadia. I did this the opposite direction of the one most people recommend - first up to Acadia Mountain and then down the boulders and through the fire path back to the parking lot- this rewards with breathtaking views of the sound while hiking down from the peak, which you can't see very well while climbing up the boulders from the other side! It took me about 1:45 on a very hot day but might be around 1:30 on cooler days. My favorite hike in Acadia so far

Beautiful hike. Very easy, but also very busy.

Great hike. It was definitely tricky in spots, but well worth it when you get to the top. Fantastic views of the Sound. We went at about 4:30 and only encountered 3 other people on the trail, and we had the top to ourselves for quite awhile. My 14 yo and 10 yo handled it well. Definitely sneakers or hiking boots, and I wouldn’t bring a dog.

Loved the South Ridge trail up! Went before dawn to see the sunrise. Beautiful and peaceful. Saw the cars driving up Cadillac across the way.
Parked in the Jordon Pond north lot and took the Jordon and Bubbles path to South Ridge. Left an hour before dawn and took exactly an hour to get up to the summit. Head lamps are def needed, but the climb was very doable in the dark.

Beautiful views! The one very steep part on the side facing Jordan Pond was scary for me, someone scared of heights. Tricky to get up through the crevice on the ledge- but doable if you have experience with rock scrambles/climbing and probably easier for taller people (prob 5’6 and over).

if you stay on the trail it's an easy trail but the views will not disappoint!!

This might just be my favorite hike to date! Once I found the trail head, it was absolutely amazing the entire way. Unbelievable views from every direction at the summit. Challenging climb the majority of the way... a tab bit tough on the knees, but well worth it!

Pretty good trail with some decent views. Relatively crowded for my taste as a bunch of folks come from the loop or the parking lot. The south side bubble is nice, but the vistas are pretty blocked with trees. The north side is much better and you get an incredible view of all of Jordan Pond.

I honestly can’t say enough about this trail. It’s stunning. That said, it gets crowded as it’s easy. If you’re doing the loop, go early.

I left from the restaurant at 1pm and went up the east side and to the Bubbles Connector and up Pemetic then back down to the restaurant. While the second half of my loop was quite difficult the first part is entirely flat with most of the way walking on boards across the lake brush.

Be very careful to not step off the boards. If another group is coming or passing, step on a nearby rock and not the brush.

North trail will definitely beat you up a bit, but a great view from the top. Make sure to at least get to the wooded top of the south trail if you’re not continuing down as the views are much better than the summit. The south trail has absolutely incredible wildlife and views along the way. I descending this way as it’s longer and it takes a beating on the knees if you’re not careful. Highly recommend doing both if you’re feeling confident.

Great hike. Loved the plank trail and rocks. My family really enjoyed this hike!

Belle randonnée intermédiaire. Si vous faite cette boucle il est préférable de débuter par Saint-Sauveur et remonter Acadia. La montée sur Acadia est très abrupte. C’est mieux que de le descendre.

Pretty hike around the pond. Some incline, but doable. Parts have lots of tree roots exposed. The waterfall is picturesque, but some of the rocks are slippery. Bring water. Parking is a bit limited, so earlier the better. Recommend trekking poles for the hills

Hiked with 9, 12 and 15 year old boys. They loved the challenging lower half. The top half is a easy walk over granite with sweeping views. Challenging portion was fun, but not at all scary or dangerous. Biggest single unguarded drop off the trail was maybe 10’. This trail was great for the family.

Jordan Pond is one of my favorite destination in Acadia. The scenic view from this pond is absolutely memorable and I've done this trail on every visit to Acadia. The air is fresh, the water is refreshing and the view is simply spirit rejuvenating. The only thing I have been meaning to do is to rent a kayak or canoe out for a few hours. I really like to see the scenery from the water's point of view.

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hiking
17 days ago

Fairly easy trail. Walk through calm forest setting and enjoy views from Beech Mt. looking south, east, and a bit north. Wild blueberries grow along the trail. Photogenic views of south Echo Lake and Southwest Harbor on a clear day.

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