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Penobscot Mountain Loop

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Earn your Jordan Pond House popovers on this loop hike up to the summit of Penobscot Mountain.


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5.2

Miles

8.3

KM

Loop

1,178' 359 m

High

169' 52 m

Low

1,043' 318 m

Up

1,043' 318 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views

Overview

For visitors looking to embark upon a demanding, mid-length, climb near Jordan Pond, look no further. This loop combines a handful of the popular trails in the area to ascend Penobscot Mountain, which towers above the western shores of Jordan Pond.

Description

To access this hike, head toward the Jordan Pond House and use one of the nearby parking areas. The route starts on the west side of Jordan Pond House, so parking on this side is optimal.

From the west side of the house, head out on the Spring Trail as it descends through the trees. Take the first right onto the Eagle/Jordan carriage road, which is a nice, wide path to begin the journey. Stay on the Eagle/Jordan road for around 1.6 miles until the trail intersects the Deer Brook Trail. Near the intersection, you'll see the Deer Brook Bridge. This stone and mortar structure was built in 1925 and is a sight to see and definitely worth taking a moment to explore.

Turn left onto the Deer Brook Trail, heading west to begin the steep climb up the gully between Sargent Mountain and Penobscot Mountain. Within a few hundred yards of the ascent, look for the intersection with the Sargent East Cliffs Trail, heading north, and the Jordan Cliffs Trail, heading south. Continue the climb on the Jordan Cliffs Trail for another three-tenths of a mile or so before turning right for the final leg of the ascent on the Penobscot East Trail.

This is the only significant climb on the route and the views from the top make each step worth the effort. The large slabs of exposed granite bedrock at the summit of Penobscot Mountain make for a great spot to rest and refuel and to snap a few photos.

At the summit, this hike continues to the south along the Penobscot Mountain Trail as it descends the spine of the Jordan Ridge. Once the trail begins to head back toward the denser woods, it will head across the Amphitheatre East trail before coming to an intersection with Lower Amphitheatre. Turn left onto Lower Amphitheatre for one hundred yards or so and then turn left, again, this time onto the Asticou & Jordan Pond Path, which meanders through the woods back to the Jordan Pond House for a well-deserved cool drink and popover feast.

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Zander Göpfert

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  4.8 from 25 votes

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Photos

Jordan Cliffs Trail. View of Jordan Pond in the fall.
Oct 26, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
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
Jordan pond crane pose after a famous “popover”.
Jan 30, 2018 near Bar Harbor, ME
Local wildlife along the Jordan Pond Path.
Jun 23, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME

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Aug 9, 2020
Zach Gentry
Jul 29, 2020
Steph C
Added Mt. Sargeant, taking the East Cliff Trail up and the South ridge trail across to Penobscot. Really cool lake between Sargeant and Penobscot.…
Jul 26, 2020
Lily Adams
Jul 21, 2020
Tom Herr
Starts off on carriage road, then ascends steeply up the mountain. Great vistas on top with meandering trail on rock slopes with cairns for guidance. 5.2mi
Jun 7, 2020
Nancy Richmond
Oct 5, 2019
Yizhang Chen
Jul 27, 2019
Kelly Zaborowski
Jul 12, 2019
Laurie G