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Penobscot Mountain Trail begins on Jordan Pond's southern shore near the boat ramp. Be sure to observe the blueberry bushes growing profusely in the area. This trail offers views of many park features including Eagle Lake, Cranberry Isles, Seal Harbor, Frenchman's Bay and nine different mountains. At the beginning of the hike just after Jordan Pond, visitors will view a beautiful stone arch bridge crossing the largest and fastest stream in Mount Desert, Jordan Stream. Take the carriage road a few hundred feet to a foot bridge; you see trail signs. The trail enters a pine forest while paralleling bubbling brooks. The trail gradually ascends and you'll cross the carriage road; don't forget about the quiet bicyclists that might be on the road. Continue your ascent following the blue-blazed rocks. Scenic vistas begin appearing as you ascend along a number of switchbacks. After crossing a foot bridge, you'll be able to see Jordan Pond. Farther down on the trail, the sites include South Bubble, North Bubble, the Atlantic Ocean studded with numerous islands. The trail opens onto a ridge with extraordinary views of Pemetic Mountain, Day Mountain and Jordan Pond to the east; Southwest Harbor and Somes Sound (only fjord in eastern US) to the south; shifting slightly westward, you'll see Greening Island and Cranberry Islands. Climbing affords more views including Northeast Harbor in the foreground to the Park Loop Road. You may be able to identify Seal Harbor beyond that point. After passing a small wetland, you'll reach an elevation of approximately 1,000 feet. Frenchman's Bay is northeast serving as a backdrop to Eagle Lake. When you reach the large cairn, look for Sargent Mountain Pond which will be southwest of Eagle Lake. Retrace your steps for a different perspective of the landmarks and to reach the trailhead.

Directions: From Bar Harbor, ME, Travel the Park Loop Road to approximately .5 mile north of Jordan Pond Gatehouse. The trail begins on the west side of the road in the Jordan House parking lot. Walk to the boat ramp and begin on the path running on the pond's southern shore.

Elevation: 1,193 feet

Distance: 3.3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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