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Perpendicular Trail

Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, ME
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- Aug 24, 2014
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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
4 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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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Central Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

See reviews for Mansell Mountain...but this trail is one of our favorites on the island for it's phenomenal design and beauty. If it included a carriage road bridge it would get an "A++"!

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Pataskala, Ohio, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a very underrated trail and offers some of the best views on the island. During the week we were there we hiked Gorham, Cadillac, and South Bubble and I would say Perpendicular was my favorite. It's moderately challenging and not too crowded either- we came across only one other person there. The construction of the stairs has also... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Loved the challenge with the metal rungs. This is not for children or those that fear heights! One of the best hikes in Maine. Be prepared to climb many stairs. Very scenic as it runs along a small creek.

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