“This forested loop up Acadia Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in the park with great views.”
— Zander Göpfert
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A manageable distance with great views and a mountain summit to conquer!
Acadia Mountain is one of the best hikes on the western side of Mount Desert Island, offering terrific views of Somes Sound. The trail starts directly across Route 102 just north of the Echo Lake Ledges parking area.
From the trailhead, follow the Man O' War Brook Fire Road
a short distance through the woods. Turn left at the T-junction onto the Acadia Mountain Trail
, continue through the woods. Soon, you'll scramble up a steep, rocky rise that marks the ascent towards the summit. Open views will soon start to appear, and they get better the further you hike. Continue past the summit and follow the trail as it drops nearly 600 feet in half a mile.
From the base of the mountain, follow the Man O' War Brook Fire Road
back towards the trailhead. When you're finished with your hike, consider cooling off with a refreshing swim at Echo Lake Ledges.
Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for his help with this content. To learn more about visiting Acadia, check out his Guide to Acadia National Park