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Address: Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Strenuous but worth the effort

Some say this trail is not strenuous - perhaps not for avid hikers and runners - but for me, a moderately fit 59 year old, it was as strenuous going up as going down. If you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Hickory, North Carolina
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Hickory, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Some say this trail is not strenuous - perhaps not for avid hikers and runners - but for me, a moderately fit 59 year old, it was as strenuous going up as going down. If you think you can manage it, do it! It's well worth the effort of going up for the gorgeous views (even on an overcast day)... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Loved it; haven't done this in the past; for you folks that are looking for nice trail- we loved it! Check out the small Acadia trail guide we got and it really helped us pick this one!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Perpendicular Trail itself is moderately strenuous because it is uphill on granite steps. But it is not technically challenging - it is steps and 1 very small ladder. If you are scared of heights ( as I am) you will not find this problematic. There are no narrow ledges or ladders going up rock faces. The views are lovely,... More 

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Margate, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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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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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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Address: Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Southwest Harbor

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