Penobscot Mt- Acadia NP– a loop hike from Jordan Pond House up and over Penobscot Mt
Distance: 6 miles total. Many options for varied distances from 1 mile hikes up to 10 or more miles.
Location: Acadia National Park.
Parking: Best way to do this hike is to park at Jordan Pond House. This may be impossible in the summer even with a large second parking lot. Both lots are often full. Plan on arriving as early as possible. I hiked this in winter….no parking issues.
Use: Good for hiking only. Not a great place for snow shoes or running as there are too many ledges and uneven footing.
Wildlife: Saw many signs deer, fox, squirrel and birds, but during the winter you’re less likely to actually see them.
Wilderness Experience: Don’t expect any remote wilderness feelings in Acadia National Park. It is a well used park and often full of people. It is also close to many roads and traffic. I love hiking Acadia in the winter because it is much less occupied and you can actually hike all day and see no one else apart from on the carriage roads.
Trail: The beginning of this hike up the Spring Trail to Penobscot South Ridge is on ledges which are steep and dangerous when wet and doubly so when icy. Once you reach the ridge and start ascending to the summit the trail is easier going. Down the north side towards Sargent Mt Pond the ledge is fairly steep but wide and without drop offs. We descended via Cedar Swamp Mountain and the Sargent South Ridge Trail. This is an easy gentle slope down to the carriage road which takes you back to Jordan Pond.
Summit: Penobscot Mt has excellent 360 views. There really isn’t a bad view from here or Sargent Mt to the north. It is usually very windy however, so be prepared for a cold summit any time of year.