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The South Bubble is a short and steep hike that trashes you up to see the infamous hanging rock, with a much easier ascent on the side further from the pond than the one closer, which is a steep rock scramble vs a moderate climb. Due to lack of parking spaces, we took the shuttle from the main layer parking area then hired back along the shore, which turned out to be a short and pleasant trail in perpetration for that afternoon's drive.

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1 day ago

Beautiful trail with gorgeous views around Jordan Pond. As at most popular spots, parking was tough when we arrived at ~10:30. We went clockwise and about 1/5 of the way in, encountered a some easy portions on split logs to keep you out of boggy paths; if someone comes from the other way, one party must yield. A little easy scrambling over some rocks and boulders. Mostly easy paths and a couple bridges. No bikes or wheelchairs. My boys took a quick detour up to bubble rock and met us back at Jordan Pond House for lunch. Skip the heavily-hyped $4 popovers if you are on a budget. Saw loons, frogs, fish, gulls, and chipmunks. Heard squirrels. Fairly busy on this hike, but not annoyingly. Only heard street traffic only as we completed the east side.

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

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

3 days 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.

Beautiful scenery! Add on the bubbles for extra fun!

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.

Beautiful hike. Very easy, but also very busy.

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!!

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.

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

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.

Closed for maintenance!

nice walk. pleasant and easy

Lovely views all along the ridge. I enjoyed this one as much if not more than Cadillac Mountain. The trail was lightly trafficked. I chose to continue on to Sargent Mtn once I got to the top of this one, then went back down via East Cliffs and around the east side of Jordan Pond.

I had a bit of a tough time finding the start of this one. Go towards the Jordan Pond House. There is a turnaround place for buses at the front part. On the left side of the building there is a sign pointing that says "water access". Continue past this towards, and you will start to see signs for the Spring Trail. Take the Spring Trail up to meet up with Penobscot Mtn.

hiking
25 days ago

Was an easy walk and a break from the rest of our hike we connected multiple trails and this one provided a nice break.

Busy, and side to the left of the pond is a bog walk on logs that limits ability to get out of the way of others. Right side of the pond is super easy, gravel.

Beautiful views!

hiking
29 days ago

Enjoy scenic views. From Jordan pond house, the left half of the lake features wooden walkways followed by a rocky trail. The right side of the lake is a natural sandy trail.

We hiked up after doing North Bubble. Beautiful summit area and cool to see the “bubble” rock. We wandered around but couldn’t find our way over to the more difficult section of the trail to complete the loop, and ended up going back the way we came, so I definitely recommend that if you are looking for a less strenuous hike. Amazing views of the interior of the park from the top. Our dog did great on the hike too! Parking was limited mid-afternoon when we arrived so be prepared for that.

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.

The side facing Jordan pond is very steep with a lot of boulders and rocks. Very fun but much more challenging than the other side which was a much more gradual incline.

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.

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