Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

hiking
6 hours ago

Would rate this as a hard but amazing trail. Wonderful views most of the way. Would recommend coming off the peak to the left to avoid very steep area. Following the carriage trail to left when you come to it and then picking up the trail again.

hiking
12 hours ago

Great 1.5 hour hike with excellent view at the top!

Great hike with excellent view at the top!

Love the view at the top of this trail! Mostly fairly easy, with the exception of a few iron ladders which are also fairly easy to climb. A nice hike that can be done in a relatively short period of time!

Went to the “bubble” only then retraced our way. Decided the steep side was a bit much for our 70+ selves. Nice hike. Nothing too treacherous. Had fog so no view but maybe just as well ... don’t do great with cliffs.

Start at end of Echo Lake parking lot. I took my wife with. She is short and had open heart surgery 2 years ago. There are 4 iron ladders near the top. Go right for greatest views. Come back from top and make the loop back to Echo Lake parking. A fun trail.

MY FAVORITE!! It’s so much fun to scramble up the rocky incline of South Bubble (The Legendary Bubble Rock is still there...keeping looking for it at the top!) - come down North Bubble side for a less taxing descent. Jordan pond loop couldn’t be more beautiful ...

I do not like heights so the climb down to the lake was a little frightening, but I still loved this hike! The route was well marked and we enjoyed the beautiful views coming down. Parking was very limited at 10am, so I recommend getting there early or take the park bus.

BEWARE!!! NOT an easy hike!!! Marked Strenuous, accurately, on my map! 4 ladders staight up the cliffs, not good for dogs or people afraid of heights!!!

Beautiful views, a few ladders which made the hike more challenging & fun

A very pleasant, short hike with absolutely gorgeous views along the way and at the top !!!

I'd consider myself to be fairly fit and this trail had me huffing and puffing scrambling up it. I entered the trail from the pond side and it was a steep rocky climb. If you have any fear of heights or vertigo do NOT hike up the pond side, as at one point you'll be fairly close to the edge of the mountain and pulling yourself up the rocks. Not for small kiddos and I don't see how anyone with a dog could climb that side. Once you reach the summit the views are spectacular and I did feel pretty good about the climb I'd just done but I was really happy to take the easy trail down!

Easy but pretty... arrived by 9 am before it got crowded.. perfect for kids

Good views of the Bubbles and Sargent. A lot of walking on planks/boardwalks.

Beautiful trail! Great vistas to the east and west!

Nice views of the Bubbles and Sargent. Although, you are left with essentially the same view for the duration of the hike. There are some raised platform sections.

Kids loved it

I loved this hike for the scenery! Not difficult at all.

Great for a quick outing, the ladders only add to the fun!

Best spot to over look Long Pond Lake. Beautiful!

It was relatively easy going up - and not too difficult going down, but there were long stretches of steep downhill hiking... it was the first time I had nail bed damage on my big toe from the pressure caused by the slope. We went clockwise around the loop. Next time I might try counter-clockwise. The view was great at the summit - you can see the ocean in one direction, the airport in the other direction. We could even see our campground on the other side of Somme Sound.

We just did the short loop at the top and came back down to the parking lot but it was such a great view of Echo Lake.

Short and steep trail with a spectacular payoff of views

Great views! Went up the steeper way (left at the fork).

A longtime favorite

hiking
1 month ago

I mean the lake is beautiful. But the view doesn’t change the entire hike. It’s just a trail that goes around the circumference of the lake. On one side there are raised boardwalk planks that are only 2 boards wide in most points which makes it hard to fit by when people are going the opposite direction. Really boring hike.

Easy hike/walk around Jordan Pond. Parking was easy early in the morning, however was filling up by the time we finished. The lake views are wonderful with such clear water and the Bubbles in view. Heard the loons, but they kept out of sight.

Easy, flat trail, fantastic views every season.

Great hike doesn’t take to long and a nice climb with kids. The views are great.

An easy, level hike. Jordan Pond is one of THE most popular Acadia attractions: get there early. If parking fills up at the Jordan Pond House use the boat landing parking lot just down the road. Excellent hiking every season.

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