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Address: Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, ME
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A fantastic Trail - hat's off to Acadia's trail builders.

This is probably the best trail up Mansell and you do not have to be an avid hiker to appreciate it. The trail builders take you right up the cliff face of Mansell overlooking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 9, 2014
Mystic1959
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Margate, Florida
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Margate, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is probably the best trail up Mansell and you do not have to be an avid hiker to appreciate it. The trail builders take you right up the cliff face of Mansell overlooking Long Pond. Take Seal Cove Road from Southwest Harbor and follow the signs to Long Pond. There you can go up Mansell, hike along the pond... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Get away from the crowds and hike the trails near the harbors. Stay for a late lunch in town, stroll through short downtown for shops. This is what makes for an outstanding day on the island!

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Wrightstown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

park @ long pond. up perpendicular trail (one ladder, 2 handholds) all the way up to little notch and down sluiceway trail

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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Nice quiet hike for families or evening stroll. Quiet part of Acadia with ocean views and beautiful sunset, but bring flashlight for return trip.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Hard hike with amazing views. We were surprised to find this trail just a mile from our cabin. We spontaneously decided to do this. Pack plenty of water and give yourself a good 1.5-2 hours to complete the hike and enjoy the views. Mostly large rock steps, on ladder and completely uphill.

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DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

What a great hike. There are a few railings and it is up up up which will please the adventurous hikers in your group. A nice view and very quiet unlike many hikes in Acadia. We came down the Razorback trail which is a ridge trail and offers views on the way down. The trail begins at Long Pond pump... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I can't imagine how must work it must have taken to build almost a mile of granite steps up the mountain. Nice view at the top.

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My teenage daughter, college age son and I hiked this for the first time. It is difficult , the sense you are climbing 'stone' steps, in switchback formation, for the entire hike. We loved it. It sets up the rest of the hike to Mansell peak, as well as Bernard Mountain. Allow 25 minutes to climb to the summit, and... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We hike Acadia National Park every Summer, and always enjoy finding new hikes to conquer. The Perpendicular Trail is pretty challenging and strenuous simply because of the steep stair and switchback climbing. It's not a technical climb like the Precipice or Beehive, but requires strong legs and stamina. And there are a few ladders on the trail. It is very... More 

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

With the number and height of the steps, this is one of the most physically challenging short trails in Acadia (I've done most except Precipice). It's more fun than a gym stair workout, and twice as hard. The views are more than worth it though, and the trip down (if you don't go the same way) is your reward for... More 

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