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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