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The Jordan Cliffs Trail is probably the best trail in Acadia National Park. One part scramble, one part exposure, it is the ultimate encapsulation of al that makes the park great. Lauren and I felt it necessary to introduce her family to it.

We started at the Jordan Pond visitor's center before 9 AM to assure we could get a parking spot. It's been that busy. We followed the carriage roads until we reached the trail junction and saw no one on the Jordan Cliffs Trail until we reached the cliffs proper.




The morning views of Jordan Pond were lovely.


We navigated some tricky boulders on the way to the cliffs.



That's when the exposure started, and everyone was surprised at just how exposed this little hike can be.

But we still had some bridges and ladders to navigate before the serious exposure began.




Quite treacherous, if you ask me.


And of course what Acadia hike is complete without some iron rungs?


Atop the cliffs, we took a sharp left toward Penobscot Mountain, where we followed the steep ledges to the summit.




Penobscot has some of the best views in the park, and we thoroughly enjoyed them before heading down the Deer Brook Trail.




Instead of heading back to the car, we dragged the family back up the Jordan Cliffs Trail. Lauren and I planned to do some rock climbing. We got on one short 5.7 route before it started to drizzle. We retraced our steps back to the junction, and then headed back down along the carriage road for a spectacular hike!




Total Time: ~2 hrs 50 mins with breaksTotal Distance: ~5.16 miles (Garmin Fenix 5x Plus-less without retracing steps up the Jordan Cliffs Trail)Total Elevation Gain: ~1417 vertical gain