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“If you come to Acadia, you can't miss this hike”
Review of Penobscot Mountain

Penobscot Mountain
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

The Penobscot Mountain trail is unquestionably hands down our favorite trek in Acadia National Park. Easily accessible from the Jordan Pond parking lot, this moderate hike is perfect for beginners, experts, and everyone else in between. The views are out of this world, even on this relatively intermediate terrain. Why go to the Precipice Trail when you can get even better panoramic views from Penobscot?
The trailhead begins at the Jordan Pond House and gently weaves away from the main traffic of the carriage roads towards the base of the mountain. The initial ascent is moderately steep, and there are 1-2 places where iron rungs are used briefly. However, this hike is nothing like the Precipice Trail. It is not exposed at all, and there are no steep ledges. Families traveling with children will not have any trouble with this trail. After a couple sets of switchbacks in the woods, the path begins to open up as you reach the flat top. When you finish the climb in the woods, the path levels out onto a wide expansion of rock. There is plenty of space to roam free as you make your way towards the summit. The views from this second stage are incredible. On a clear day, you can see panoramic scenery that includes the shoreline, numerous mountains, and Jordan Pond.
The summit makes a great place for a lunch break. With plenty of flat surfaces and bench-like rock formations, the only indecision that you might have is which view to look out on. After a well-earned rest, feel free to indulge in Jordan Pond House's scrumptious popovers. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Single best views in Acadia National Park are from the summit of Penobscot Mountain! Nearly a 360 view, and multiple trails to choose from- for the adventurous and experienced hiker, take the Jordan Cliff trails up. For others, stay to the ridge trail which has wide open views at least 1/2 the hike. After your hike, treat yourself to a beverage and popovers at the nearby Jordan Pond House (where there are also rest rooms and potable water available). Hike Penobscot and you will be glad you did!

2  Thank M616M
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

First of all, I'm not the most experienced/worldly hiker; but I still have to say that my hike to the top of this mountain was the best hike I've ever done. It was wonderful. On the park's rating system, it was under "strenuous", and at times it was, I suppose. But it was beautiful all the way down, and all the way up.
The trail markers were excellently placed and out of a 4 hour hike, I only got a bit turned around once.
I'd definitely do the hike again, regardless of how many other great trails there are around Acadia. Highly reccomended!

2  Thank CaptainAwethume
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

This trail is rated moderate, but we would say it is more challenging. There is a very steep section where you have to climb boulders to ascend. Once you get past that section, it is easier going. Views are great and you can continue on to Sargent Mountain if you are feeling energetic. We descended through a river bed to meet up with the Carriage Trail around Jordan Pond. It was a bit slippery due to recent rain, but faster way down. A strenuous, but rewarding hike with spectacular views.

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Reviewed 12 July 2012

One of my favorite hikes... I like a little varation in my hikes... With easy parts and some more difficult parts... and this had both. Beautiful views and very well maintained trails.

1  Thank Kallos1
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