Difficulty: Moderate. Footing is tricky in many places because of exposed tree roots and rocks. The 1.5-mile Bernard Mountain Trail climbs gradually to the summit of Bernard Mountain. You can hike this trail out and back for a 3-mile hike, or you can use a steep, rocky Sluiceway Trail to create a 2.6-mile loop hike. You can also add 0.5 mile to your hike to visit an open viewpoint on the northeast side of the mountain, as well as the landmarks Knight Nubble and Great Notch. The steep section between Knight Nubble and Great Notch Trail may not be suitable for dogs.
How to get there: Drive onto Mount Desert Island on Route 3. Veer right at the fork after the causeway. Drive 9.9 miles on Route 102 to Southwest Harbor, then turn right onto Seal Cove Road. Drive 1.3 mile and you’ll come to a gate at the edge of the park boundary. The gate is closed during the winter, when the rest of the road is closed to vehicle traffic. Past the gate, drive another 0.7 mile, then turn right onto Western Mountain Road. Drive 0.4 mile, then turn right at the intersection. Drive 1.2 miles, then turn left. Drive about 0.2 mile to the Mill Field Parking Area.
Information: Covered with tall evergreens and moss, Bernard Mountain is a great place to embrace nature in a quiet area of Acadia National Park. The mountain rises 1,071 feet above sea level and is entirely forested, though it does feature a couple of overlooks on its northeast side.