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Perpendicular Trail

Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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For hikers looking for a challenge, look no farther

If you loved Precipice, you will love the Perpendicular Trail. Entrances is off the carriage roads... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Don't wait 30 years to climb this spectacular trail!

I did it this year at age 60, having been visiting MDI on and off for the last 30 years. Yes, for... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
Robbie B
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“iron rungs” (3 reviews)
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Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

If you loved Precipice, you will love the Perpendicular Trail. Entrances is off the carriage roads south of Jordan Pond, and its a lot of scrambling over rocks, with a couple iron rungs. Take this trail, then loop to the top of Penobscot and back...More

Thank beahleah
Reviewed 3 September 2017

I did it this year at age 60, having been visiting MDI on and off for the last 30 years. Yes, for some years the trail was closed for the nesting peregrines. But some years we just wrote off this trail as too dangerous. Not...More

Thank Robbie B
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Uncrowded trail, mostly stone steps to a scenic hilltop (about 670 ft). Definitely qualifies as a daily workout, unless you're super hard-core. If you take the Mansell trail down, it is even more challenging, as the trail is marked but more of a suggestion than...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I counted. I think there were just over 900 steps built into this trail. Quite the engineering marvel. And I was a lucky recipient of this feat. We hiked this on a slightly rainy slightly foggy day and it was just gorgeous. The rain actually...More

Thank khollth
Reviewed 28 July 2017

My wife and I hiked this trail in summer and last winter and found it quite challenging but rewarding. Great views along way. The cut stone steps are some of the best trail engineering in existence.

Thank weathermanbill
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Great hike with built in granite steps to the top, making it a little easier. Phenomenal lake and harbor views from the top!!

Thank sheilaa1732017
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Historic Trail, build by CCC during the depression -- The trailbed itself is a wonder. Depending on you aerobic fitness level, you might have to stop and catch your breath as the steps are not perpendicular, but they rise constantly for nearly a mile. Descend...More

Thank Ann C
Reviewed 19 October 2016

A strenuous hike with incredible trail engineering up through a talus field. Some great views out over the entrance to Somes Sound. The lower half of the descent on Mt Mansell Trail sucks, take the Razorback Trail down which is much more exciting, and only...More

Thank Ed G
Reviewed 20 August 2016

This hike had been on my to-do list for many years, as it has good trailhead parking options, several trail combinations and those glorious Civilian Conservation Corps stone steps (plus a couple of iron rungs/stairs in large boulders.) The 940+ elevation gain is mostly via...More

1  Thank Gwenn B
Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you are into a strenuous workout, this is for you. My 38 year old daughter asked me why we'd never taken this trail because we'd done everything else on MDI. I said I'd show her why. Well she never wants to do it again....More

1  Thank Zin3
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mary alyce o
17 July 2016|
Response from PhotoJDallas | Reviewed this property |
Nope -- it's very steep and actually dogs are not allowed on this trail.