Jordan Cliffs Trail via Spring Trail

Northeast Harbor, Maine

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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. The best time to climb the Jordan Cliffs Trail is earlier in the day, before the sun starts sinking behind the Penobscot ridge. The best season is late summer into fall to avoid the possibility of the trail being closed for peregrine falcon nesting season. These occasional closures help the success of Acadia’s reintroduction program, which between 1991 and 2015 had resulted in more than 120 peregrine falcon chicks fledging, or able to fly, from cliff side nests.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

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.

The best time to climb the Jordan Cliffs Trail is earlier in the day, before the sun starts sinking behind the Penobscot ridge. The best season is late summer into fall to avoid the possibility of the trail being closed for peregrine falcon nesting season. These occasional closures help the success of Acadia’s reintroduction program, which between 1991 and 2015 had resulted in more than 120 peregrine falcon chicks fledging, or able to fly, from cliff side nests.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Northeast Harbor
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 920 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
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
Driving Directions: Directions to Jordan Cliffs Trail via Spring Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2009
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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.


7/12/2006
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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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Apr 2018