Western Mountain Trail

Southwest Harbor, Maine

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Mansell Mountain, Knight Knubble, and Bernard Mountain are the westernmost peaks on Mount Desert Island. Not as barren and rocky as other Acadia mountains, this cluster (combined, they form Western Mountain) is more noteworthy for the thick spruce-fir forests that cover its slopes. This area is also one of the quieter sections of the park, and with numerous trails crisscrossing the landscape it is a location ripe for loop hikers. From the pumping station one can choose 3-mile adventures, trips exceeding 7 miles, as well as this 4.9-mile traverse of the range. Whatever the choice, be prepared for well-constructed trails, dense mountain forests, and quaint scenic vistas.
Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

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Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

by Jeffrey Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Mansell Mountain, Knight Knubble, and Bernard Mountain are the westernmost peaks on Mount Desert Island. Not as barren and rocky as other Acadia mountains, this cluster (combined, they form Western Mountain) is more noteworthy for the thick spruce-fir forests that cover its slopes.

This area is also one of the quieter sections of the park, and with numerous trails crisscrossing the landscape it is a location ripe for loop hikers. From the pumping station one can choose 3-mile adventures, trips exceeding 7 miles, as well as this 4.9-mile traverse of the range. Whatever the choice, be prepared for well-constructed trails, dense mountain forests, and quaint scenic vistas.

©  Jeffrey Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Southwest Harbor
Distance: 4.9
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: April through November
Trailhead Elevation: 70 feet
Top Elevation: 1,071 feet
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Southwest Harbor
Driving Directions: Directions to Western Mountain Trail

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