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Jordan Pond Path

  4.4 ( 59 ) Favorite


3.4 mile 5.5 kilometer loop


Ascent: 29' 9 m
Descent: -28' -9 m
High: 287' 88 m
Low: 273' 83 m


Avg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)


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Trail shared by James Kaiser

A nice hike around one of the most beautiful ponds in Acadia.

James Kaiser

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Family Friendly The trail is relatively easy with many opportunities to explore the shore of Jordan Pond.


A moderately challenging but lovely circuit around Jordan Pond. Bring a camera or binoculars for any of the numerous scenic views around the pond with opportunities to see birds and other small mammals. This loop hike starts and ends at the iconic Jordan Pond House, which has some tasty treats for hungry visitors.


Jordan Pond is famous for the Jordan Pond House, which serves popovers and tea on the pond's southern shore, but that's not the only way to enjoy this beautiful area.

The Jordan Pond Path loops around the entire pond, offering terrific views of the surrounding mountains. It's also a great way to work up an appetite! Start the trail near the Jordan Pond House and follow it counter-clockwise around the pond. Soon you'll be treated to dramatic views of The Bubbles, two glacially sculpted mountains at the northern end of Jordan Pond. Continue along the trail, and you'll reach the northern end of the pond, where you'll cross over several wooden bridges.

From here the trail loops back along the pond's western shore. This section of trail is slightly more rugged than the trail along the eastern shore. Be prepared to scramble over some rocky sections and work your way along some elevated boardwalks. By the time you reach the Jordan Pond House, you'll be ready for popovers!

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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Oct 16, 2019
Christopher Chobanov
9h 20m
Oct 15, 2019
Earnest Seiler
Early am hike. — 3h 00m
Oct 2, 2019
Brittany Michael
There was a detour along the bog walk. We also started up bubble divide and turned around to continue around the lake. A bald eagle was nesting. 4.2mi — 3h 33m
Sep 26, 2019
Hannah Hood
10h 45m
Sep 25, 2019
J Beus
Sep 25, 2019
Stephen Pack
Sep 23, 2019
Ada Hui Xu
Sep 22, 2019
Matt Stephenson

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Jordan Pond, ME. with permission from E Koh
Jun 23, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Spectacular mid-October Fall color
Oct 18, 2017 near Bar Harbor, ME
Jordan Pond is gorgeous from its southern end.
Apr 27, 2017 near Bar Harbor, ME
Trail around Jordan Pond.
Mar 25, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Jordan pond crane pose after a famous “popover”.
Jan 30, 2018 near Bar Harbor, ME
Jordan Pond Path.
Mar 25, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME


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