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Penobscot Mountain Trail

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One of the best trails in the park, offering sweeping views of Jordan Pond and the Gulf of Maine.


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2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Point to Point

1,183' 361 m

High

132' 40 m

Low

1,123' 342 m

Up

110' 34 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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Rising 1,194 feet above the southern shores of Mount Desert Island, Penobscot Mountain offers some of the finest views in Acadia. The trail starts at the southern base of Penobscot Mountain. Head northeast from the trailhead, and you'll cross over three Carriage Roads before heading up the southern ridge of Penobscot Mountain. Just past the intersection with the Spring Trail, spectacular views unfold to the south. Particularly striking are the views of the Cranberry Isles.

Follow the rocky ridge to the summit, which offers sweeping 360-degree views, including beautiful views of Jordan Pond to the east. From the summit, follow the trail down to Sargent Mountain Pond, where those not afraid of mud and muck can take a refreshing swim.

Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. If youre interested in learning more details about great day hikes, weather, camping / lodging, and geology, check out his book: .

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View from the summit of Penobscot Mountain.
Mar 22, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Acadia National Park Pond, Bar Harbor, United States
Apr 7, 2020 near Bar Harbor, ME
Somes Sound from Jordan Ridge.
Sep 15, 2015 near Bar Harbor, ME

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Aug 22, 2019
Connecticut Hiker
Aug 14, 2019
Jonathan Sullivan
Hiked from Jordan Pond House to Deer Creek Trail — 15h 00m
Aug 1, 2019
Jason Barnett
Jul 4, 2019
Matthew Sullivan
Oct 6, 2018
Kristen B
Sep 21, 2017
Katie Chen
More great views from the top and nice views of Jordan Pond and the Pond House
Aug 30, 2017
Wei H
Jul 18, 2017
Pete Farquhar