Jordan Cliffs Trail via Spring Trail

Loop • 3.5 mi • 920 ft

A dramatic climb along Jordan Cliffs, this trail provides breathtaking views of Jordan Pond, the Bubbles, and surrounding scenery and features iron rungs and exposed ledges. The cliffs are a favorite nesting area for peregrine falcons, so sections of the trail may be closed at certain times of the year.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Northeast Harbor
Length: 3.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 920 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Strenuous
Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 280 feet
Top Elevation: 1,200 feet
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
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Climbed up Jordan Cliff trail and down Pembescot Mt Trail. Fun and varied terrain on the jc trail and the exposed summit makes for a really nice descent.


This is the hardest but funnest way up Penobscot. All I had to say to my boys was that it was an 'Iron Rung' trail and they were pumped. Iron Rungs are Acadia's solution to steep cliff face hiking that always attract my boys to hike when other trades leave them uninterested. The hike was hot, steep, hard but FUN. Take another route down though!

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