Sargent South Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The relative quietness of Mount Desert Island’s second highest summit is a wonderful alternative to the crowds typically encountered atop Cadillac Mountain. With no buildings, radio towers, or automobile traffic, the most significant Sargent Mountain question to ask is which hiking trails to choose for the day’s adventure.
This suggested route from the west is a very scenic option that combines numerous barren summits, a long enjoyable ridge walk, a bubbling mountain stream, a quaint waterfall, and an assortment of interesting geological features."
--Jeffrey Romano, Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast (The Mountaineers Books).
"By combining these two steep, less-traveled trails up to Sargent’s ridge, you’ll get to walk by the carriage roads’ Waterfall and Hemlock Bridges, crisscross brooks, and admire the stonework, both natural in the form of Pulpit Rock and man-made in the form of granite steps. To loop up Sargent via the relatively less-steep way, this route goes up the Hadlock Brook Trail and comes down the Maple Spring Trail. There’s still an elevation gain of more than 1,000 feet in just over 1.0 mile."
--Dolores Kong & Dan Ring, Hiking Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Acadia National Park is dissected by a series of parallel ridgelines. Carved by receding glaciers and stripped by the infamous 1947 fire, these polished-granite mountains showcase exquisite seacoast scenery. Enshrouded with ocean breezes that carry the fresh scent of prolific pine needles, each of these ridges has something unique to offer; however, the finest, most rewarding trek scales the barren summits of Sargent and Penobscot Mountains."
--Jeffrey Romano, 100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books).
A great hike to the top. Some areas were more strenous then others which made you feel good when you summited. Beautiful view from atop nice spot to relax and take a breathe before heading down.
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