Hike Pemetic Mountain in Acadia NP

Maine Jordan Pond Path Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1000 Feet

Easy Parking
Lake

Pemetic Mountain is one of the highest peaks in Acadia National Park.  It provides expansive views of the lakes and surrounding mountains.

Pemetic Mountain is a challenging hike in the Jordan Pond area of Acadia National Park.  There are several route options to the summit, with varying levels of difficulty.  The most common route is a loop hike starting from the Jordan Pond parking lot.  This option ascends the South Ridge Trail, which involves a longer, steadier climb to the top.  Be aware that although the trail starts on a maintained path, it quickly becomes rocky and root-covered as it gains elevation.  The hike will be more challenging if the rocks are wet, but either way sturdy shoes are required.  Once the trees open up, turn around to enjoy the slightly obstructed view of the ocean.  As you continue to hike, the view will become more open as you move above the trees.  Be sure to snap a few pictures before moving on, as the view disappears once you reach the true summit. 

As you make your way across the open granite mountain top, rock cairns will help guide the trail.  Once at the summit, you will be greeted with expansive views of the surrounding lakes – Jordan Pond, Eagle Lake, and Bubble Pond.  Take some time to refuel as you enjoy the views before continuing on to descend the mountain.  Beware that this portion of the hike is very steep and is mostly rocky and root-covered.  There are portions of the hike that take you down smooth boulders and will require very careful footing.  If you do this loop in reverse, I would suggest taking the ravine route (to the left) instead of the ledge right (to the right).  The ravine route takes you through a small gorge and provides two wooden ladders that will assist with the climb.  This split in the trail is harder to spot on the way down, so keep your eyes out.

After making your way down the Northwest Trail, you will cross Park Loop Road at the Bubbles parking lot.  From here, you will connect with the Jordan Pond Carry Trail and finish the hike with an easy walk along the Jordan Pond Path.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Protection from the sun
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We did this hike when it was getting closer to sunset and there was not a single other group on the mountain. When we got to the top it was so windy but absolutely gorgeous! It is a must do when you go to Acadia!

9 months ago
9 months ago

Sarah GiekExplorer

Teacher by day. Explorer by weekend.

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