Pemetic South Ridge Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine

Elevation Gain882ft
Trailhead Elevation1,241ft
Elevation Min/Max475/1241ft
Elevation Start/End1241/1241ft

Pemetic South Ridge Trail

Pemetic South Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 1,241 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 882 feet. The trail ends near Pemetic Mountain (elevation 1,237 feet). This trail connects with the following: Pemetic East Cliff Trail and Bubble & Jordan Ponds Path.

Pemetic South Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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 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."

Pemetic South Ridge Trail Reviews

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We took the South Ridge Trail up, which is easier than hiking up the North Ridge. The hike is steep in sections but not that strenuous overall. As you approach the top everything just opens up and you are bathed in fantastic views. Markings along the trail are easy to follow and the views of Jordan Pond and all around are wonderful.
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My family and I have been coming to Acadia for over ten years now and we all agreed that Pemetic Mtn from the Bubbles parking lot is our favorite trail in the park. The trail is consistently filled with interesting aspects including a ladder trail through a ravine and a wooden railing on a ridge in the forest. Also, the views from the summit are some of the most spectacular I've seen with Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond just below. I highly recommend this hike to any experienced hikers who are staying in the area!

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Aug 2018