Hiking Acadia National Park
This shortest and steepest route up Pemetic, which means “range of mountains” in the Wabanaki language, gives quick access to open views of mountains and sea, and even of bald eagles soaring on thermals high above. A fork in the trail provides the option of following a high road along a ledge or a low road into a ravine.
Retaining the name Native Americans used to call Mount Desert Island, Pemetic Mountain provides a 360-degree panorama from atop its 1,248-foot summit. To the north is Eagle Lake; to the west lie Jordan Pond and Penobscot Mountain. To the south are the Cranberry Isles, and Cadillac Mountain rises to the east. The Pemetic Northwest Trail, formerly known as the Bubbles-Pemetic Trail, is just one of several trails up the fourth-highest peak in Acadia, some dating as far back as the late 1800s, but it’s the steepest, gaining almost 800 feet elevation in 0.5 mile. From this perch atop Pemetic, look down upon the Bubbles and Eagle Lake.