Spring Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Spring Trail is part of the rich history of the Jordan Pond House. The trail was laid out and built by Thomas McIntire, who began serving tourists at the Jordan Pond House in 1895. The trail’s ease of access from the Jordan Pond House and its open views make this a well-frequented way up Penobscot Mountain.The Spring Trail is the park’s most popular way to climb Penobscot Mountain, a peak with unbeatable views. The hike goes up the steep southeast side of the mountain, with some boulder climbing and narrow crevices making it especially challenging, and takes you by a stone bench with views of Jordan Pond below."
--Dolores Kong & Dan Ring, Hiking Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides).
Moderate to challenging trail with some great views. Some may underestimate the trail if you choose to go a different route from the Jordan Pond House. Most of the trail is moderate with some challenging points in climbing up/down rocks.
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 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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