Let me introduce you to a cliff-side hike along east face of Penobscot Mountain. Because so much of the climb overlooks the shimmering cobalt of Jordan Pond, many hikers list it among their favorites in Acadia National Park in Maine. We do.
The 4.3-mile loop starts and ends at Jordan Pond House, so plan your hiking time accordingly. Do you want your “reward” to be a lunch of lobster stew or an afternoon tea featuring popovers?
Rated as difficult, this hike features stone and timber box steps, iron rungs and ladders, railings, and a variety of bridges – all to span the ravines and manage the steep terrain.
Between there are flat sections, for sure, with wonderful views.
Moreover, Penobscot’s bald summit at 1,194 feet will give you a 360-vista of Mount Desert Island. And the beauty continues. The descent along Penobscot South Ridge Trail is also one of my favorites because the wide-open ridge displays views of the Atlantic Ocean and islands to the south.
Ready for your reward at Jordan Pond House? This hike, however, is truly one of those cases when the journey is the reward.