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Address: Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Lots of Steps

This trail was the end loop of a longer hike. It was definitely a challenge and well worth the time it took us to hike.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 23, 2015
Debbi M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This trail was the end loop of a longer hike. It was definitely a challenge and well worth the time it took us to hike.

Thank Debbi M
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Hiked the Perpendicular trail up Mansell Mt. Trails starts from the Pumping Station at Long Pond, a little bit around the edge of the water. Switch-backed very steep granite stairs straight up the mountain, with one section of ladder/rungs. Very exhausting, but it's a beautifully designed and engineered trail. Be sure to stop and snap pictures at the overlook in... More 

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Southborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a wonderful hike, so don't be intimidated by the "Difficult" rating. After all, it is a solid granite stairway to the top of the approx. 1000 ft Mansell Mtn.. We took our two grandchildren (12 and 8) up with us and they handled it fine. The eight year old needed a few rest stops, but otherwise did great.... More 

Thank rdmdld
Monroe NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Tough hike up Mansell Mountain up over 300 cut granite steps, a few iron rungs and a small ladder. Incredible views of overlook of Beech Mountain, Long Pond and the outlying islands just before the summit. The return trail down the backside of mountain is a bit tough as there are no steps & just some steep rock slopes. Nothing... More 

Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

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!

1 Thank George H
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

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 

2 Thank Holly C
Margate, Florida
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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 

2 Thank Mystic1959
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!

2 Thank AlbertAlberta2012
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

Thank steelers9

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