"Called the Sluiceway Trail for good reason, this steep trail follows a fast-moving creek much of its way. Shorter but more difficult than the South Face Trail that also goes to the 1,071-foot Bernard Mountain, the Sluiceway features switchbacks, rough terrain, precipitous sections, and multiple creek crossings.
At 0.4 mile reach a junction with a spur to the Great Notch Trail, which heads off to the right (east). Bear left and continue up the Sluiceway. At 0.9 mile and elevation 890 feet, reach Little Notch and a junction with the South Face Trail. Turn left (southwest) and follow the South Face Trail to the wooded Bernard Mountain summit, elevation 1,071 feet, at 1.1 miles. Look for signs pointing to an overlook, where there is a log bench to sit on and take in the views. Bernard Mountain is the highest peak on Mount Desert Island west of Somes Sound.
Highlights: Steep climb up along creek to Little Notch and Bernard Mountain."