Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,387.00 ft (422.76 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
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This loop begins at the Jordan Pond House parking lot in Acadia National Park and follows the shore of Jordan Pond, climbs up to the 360-degree view summits of Sargent and Penobscot Mountains and returns to the parking area via Penobscot Mountain Trail and Spring Trail. 

From the Jordan Pond House parking area, follow the scenic Jordan Pond Path along the shore of Jordan Pond for 1.5 miles until you reach the junction with the Deer Brook Trail. A large portion of this trail is along boardwalks with several views of Jordan Pond and the Bubbles. Upon reaching the junction with Deer Brook, the trail climbs rock steps and crosses Deer Brook a few times beneath the arched Deer Brook bridge. The trail crosses the carriage road and continues to climb up wooden stairs and rock steps until reaching the junction with the Sargent East Cliffs Trail and Jordan Cliffs Trail. Follow the Sargent East Cliffs Trail as it climbs along the southeast face of Sargent Mountain, providing scenic views along most of the 0.7 miles to the summit. Enjoy 360-degree views from the 1,379 foot summit before continuing on to Penobscot Mountain.

The scenic views continue along the Sargent South Ridge Trail towards Penobscot Mountain. The trail passes Sargent Mountain Pond just before the junction with Deer Brook Trail below the summit of Penobscot. Like Sargent, the summit of Penobscot Mountain provides panoramic views in all directions, including views of Jordan Pond and the ocean. Follow the granite ledges along the Penobscot Mountain Trail as you continue back to the parking area. The Penobscot Mountain Trail coincides with the Spring Trail for 0.3 miles before returning to Jordan Pond. The Spring Trail includes assistance of iron rungs, wooden handrails, rock stairs, and boardwalks along its relatively steep descent back to the parking lot.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Views of Jordan Pond and ocean.

Cons

Busy trailhead.

Trailhead Elevation

305.00 ft (92.96 m)

Highest point

1,379.00 ft (420.32 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Family friendly
Geologically significant
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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