Penobscot Mountain Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine

Elevation Gain1,530ft
Trailhead Elevation171ft
Elevation Min/Max131/1188ft
Elevation Start/End171/152ft

Penobscot Mountain Trail

Penobscot Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 171 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,530 feet. Penobscot Mountain (elevation 1,194 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Carriage Trail, Deer Brook Trail, Lower Amphitheatre Carriage Trail, Asticou & Jordan Pond Path and Sargent South Ridge Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Discover Maine (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Ty Wivell
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"A strenuous hike to two of Acadia’s highest peaks, with long periods of hiking on open ledges with spectacular views. The cliffs of Penobscot Mountain rise steeply from the western shore of Jordan Pond and provide habitat for one of Acadia’s nesting pairs of peregrine falcons. This hike provides an alternative to the Jordan Cliffs Trail, which is often closed due to the nesting falcons. Sargent Mountain is the second highest peak on Mount Desert Island, and its flat, wide-open sub-alpine summit provides some of the island’s best views of Somes Sound, the Cranberry Islands, and western mountains." Read more
Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair
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"From boardwalks and bridges to stone staircases and sheer cliff faces, this varied terrain will keep older children engaged as they seek the scenic summit. Few of Acadia National Park’s visitors venture up Penobscot Mountain—a hike offering some of Acadia’s most interesting terrain and sweeping panoramic views. While sections of the hike will challenge even experienced youngsters, the rewards and the grand sense of accomplishment are well worth the effort." Read more
Discover Acadia National Park (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jerry & Marcy Monkman
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"Take a challenging hike to two of Acadia’s highest peaks, with long stretches on open ledges with spectacular views." Read more

Penobscot Mountain Trail Reviews

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Beautiful views of Jordan Pond and the ocean. One of my favorite hikes at Acadia.
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Great trail / **** / I would give it five starts but I hiked it [five summits: Pemetic, Penobscot, Sargent, North & South Bubble] in a rain storm with near zero visibility. The hiking between the two summits is very reminiscent of hiking above 10000' in the western states. The Penobscot Mountain Trail is now [August 2008] called Spring Trail, the original name. 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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Trail Information

Acadia National Park
Nearby City
Acadia National Park
Skill Level
Acadia National Park, 207-288-3338,
Local Contacts
USGS Southwest Harbor quad; Acadia National Park Discovery Map (AMC), Eastern Mount Desert Island: E5–E6
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