July 22, 2018
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1-minute hike: Jordan Cliffs Trail in Acadia National Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki, BDN Staff

The Jordan Cliffs Trail, climbing diagonally up the steep eastern side of Penobscot Mountain, is one of the most challenging and exciting trails in Acadia National Park, and it offers stunning views of Jordan Pond and beyond, to Seal Harbor and the Cranberry Islands. Measuring 1.4 miles in length, the trail is ever-changing, presenting different challenges, including a section of metal rungs and rails that hikers must use to scale the steepest section of the trail. The trail is not for those who are afraid of heights, since a good portion of the trail travels along the edge of the cliff, with a sheer drop to one side and a rock wall rising to the other side. It is also not a place for dogs.

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