Pemetic Mountain Northwest Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine

Elevation Gain792ft
Trailhead Elevation455ft
Elevation Min/Max455/1194ft
Elevation Start/End455/455ft

Pemetic Mountain Northwest Trail

Pemetic Mountain Northwest Trail is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 455 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 792 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Bubbles Divide and Pemetic Mountain North Ridge Trail.

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Discover Acadia National Park (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jerry & Marcy Monkman
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"This hike takes some effort at first but leads to some of Mount Desert Island’s most spectacular views."
Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Greg Westrich
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"This hike crosses three mountains—Pemetic Mountain, North Bubble, and Conners Nubble—all of which have open summits with fine views. The cliffs along North Bubble’s summit ridge and Conners Nubble have sweeping views that few Acadia National Park visitors ever see. After climbing the three mountains, you have a hike along the shore of Eagle Lake with nice views and a good chance to see waterbirds. The hike starts at the Bubble Pond parking area because it is usually less crowded than the Bubble parking area."
"Hike along the Pemetic ridge, north and south, and reward yourself not only with its vistas but also with a stopover at the Jordan Pond House for its signature afternoon tea and popovers. If the Island Explorer bus is running, you can get to this route car-free or take the bus one-way back to the trailhead parking area. The growing popularity of the fare-free Island Explorer, which runs from late June through early October, creates plenty of opportunities for accessing Acadia’s trails without a car—or for hiking long one-way trips and taking the bus back to the start. This route, along Pemetic’s ridge and over to the Jordan Pond House, is one example of a trip perfectly complemented by a ride on the Island Explorer."
"This little-traveled trail, also known as Pemetic West Cliff Trail, provides an important link from the Jordan Pond area to Pemetic Mountain from the southwest. From the Pond Trail, the Pemetic Southwest Trail heads up the cliffs and rock faces of Pemetic, which can be slippery when wet. Highlights: Little-traveled trail to ridge of Pemetic Mountain from the southwest, providing access to the 1,248-foot summit."
"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."

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Great trail / ***** / I give it five starts and hiked it [five summits: Pemetic, Penobscot, Sargent, North & South Bubble] in a rain storm with near zero visibility. I highly recommend this trail. It has variations that allow safe passage around open slabs when hiking in a rain storm. If you happen to hike these exposed summits in the rain, going up is safe and easy; beware of coming down. It is quite easy to slip with potentially very serious consequences. I need to go back and do these trails on a nice, clear fall day.

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