Sluiceway Trail

Southwest Harbor, Maine

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Called the Sluiceway Trail for good reason, this steep trail follows a fast-moving creek much of its way. Shorter but more difficult than the South Face Trail that also goes to the 1,071-foot Bernard Mountain, the Sluiceway features switchbacks, rough terrain, precipitous sections, and multiple creek crossings. At 0.4 mile reach a junction with a spur to the Great Notch Trail, which heads off to the right (east). Bear left and continue up the Sluiceway. At 0.9 mile and elevation 890 feet, reach Little Notch and a junction with the South Face Trail. Turn left (southwest) and follow the South Face Trail to the wooded Bernard Mountain summit, elevation 1,071 feet, at 1.1 miles. Look for signs pointing to an overlook, where there is a log bench to sit on and take in the views. Bernard Mountain is the highest peak on Mount Desert Island west of Somes Sound. Highlights: Steep climb up along creek to Little Notch and Bernard Mountain.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

Called the Sluiceway Trail for good reason, this steep trail follows a fast-moving creek much of its way. Shorter but more difficult than the South Face Trail that also goes to the 1,071-foot Bernard Mountain, the Sluiceway features switchbacks, rough terrain, precipitous sections, and multiple creek crossings.

At 0.4 mile reach a junction with a spur to the Great Notch Trail, which heads off to the right (east). Bear left and continue up the Sluiceway. At 0.9 mile and elevation 890 feet, reach Little Notch and a junction with the South Face Trail. Turn left (southwest) and follow the South Face Trail to the wooded Bernard Mountain summit, elevation 1,071 feet, at 1.1 miles. Look for signs pointing to an overlook, where there is a log bench to sit on and take in the views. Bernard Mountain is the highest peak on Mount Desert Island west of Somes Sound.

Highlights: Steep climb up along creek to Little Notch and Bernard Mountain.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Southwest Harbor
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Late April thru mid-November, weather depending
Trailhead Elevation: 150 feet
Top Elevation: 1,050 feet
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Sluiceway Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/2/2005
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This is a nice though steep trail up a very wooded valley between the mountails. It follows a stream most of the way, and you definately want to bring some bug repellant. There are no real views on the way to the top because you are in the timberline until reaching the top. There is a bench at the top and a kiosk with a sign in book that's full of writings from people all over the world. At the top you can go in several directions to different summits.



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