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“Best Hike in the Park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Perpendicular Trail

Perpendicular Trail
Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, ME
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Detroit, Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Best Hike in the Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

Lived up to its reputation. What a masterpiece. The views were amazing, the hike challenging but lots of fun. Can't wait to get back to do it again

Visited October 2011
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“Stairway to gorgeous summit views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

Perpendicular Trial ascends Mt. Mansell counter clockwise from the parking area at the southern end of Long Pond. (If you travel south along Mansell Mountain trail you can make this a 2.4 mile loop, taking Cold Brook trail back to your car.) The 2 sides of the loop are very different--Perpendicular Trail is mostly granite stairs up the 949' mountain. There are fabulous views of Long Pond and Bass Harbor. (If stairs aren't appealing, you can do the loop clockwise to the summit, and retrace to miss the stairs completely.) This is a fairly strenuous trail, but not dangerous with the narrow ledges of some of the trails in the eastern part of the park. It is in the quieter part of Acadia, away from the crowds.

Visited July 2011
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“Wow - this is not for the faint hearted”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

The Perpendicular Trail is just that - it goes straight up the side of a cliff with amazing views. You hkie along ledges until you think you can go no further - and then you find a wrought iron ladder imbedded ing the rock face and you are forced to climb to the next ledge. It is the most amazing experience and you can't believe they let just anybody do it. It is a little terrrifying, but only dangerous if your careless or you let go.

Visited July 2011
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