Norumbega Mountain and Hadlock Ponds Loop

Northeast Harbor, Maine

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This loop, described counterclockwise, heads up the Goat Trail, since it’s better to ascend this short but steep trail at the start than descend it at the end. Walk down along the mountain’s ridge and loop back along the western shore of Lower Hadlock Pond. From 852-foot Norumbega Mountain you get views of Somes Sound close up and of Western Mountain in the distance. Norumbega Mountain parallels the eastern edge of Somes Sound, providing fine views of the waterway and mountains to the west. The toughest part of this hike is at the beginning on the Goat Trail, which definitely earns its name. First built around 1900, this trail brings you up 600 feet in elevation in 0.6 mile. It goes along boulders, open rock ledges, and some steep granite faces. Recent erosion control and rehabilitation by the Acadia trails crew on this stretch means you don’t have to be as goat-like to successfully navigate this trail.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

This loop, described counterclockwise, heads up the Goat Trail, since it’s better to ascend this short but steep trail at the start than descend it at the end. Walk down along the mountain’s ridge and loop back along the western shore of Lower Hadlock Pond. From 852-foot Norumbega Mountain you get views of Somes Sound close up and of Western Mountain in the distance.

Norumbega Mountain parallels the eastern edge of Somes Sound, providing fine views of the waterway and mountains to the west. The toughest part of this hike is at the beginning on the Goat Trail, which definitely earns its name. First built around 1900, this trail brings you up 600 feet in elevation in 0.6 mile. It goes along boulders, open rock ledges, and some steep granite faces. Recent erosion control and rehabilitation by the Acadia trails crew on this stretch means you don’t have to be as goat-like to successfully navigate this trail.

© 2016 Dolores Kong & Dan Ring/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Northeast Harbor
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Norumbega Mountain and Hadlock Ponds Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

5/22/2002
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It's called the Goat Trail for a reason! Very steep, goes over many talus fields (large boulders and loose stone). Very cool when you reach your destination at the top - descent is much easier than ascent.



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