Mansell Mountain

Mansell Mountain, Southwest Harbor: Address, Mansell Mountain Reviews: 5/5

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Paul T
Shelton, CT222 contributions
Great hike
Oct 2020
First off I have never been to the main Acadia island, my wife and I stayed on the quiet side during our first visit as the Island shuttle bus was not running which hindered our plans. However, we covered pretty much all the trails on the quiet side during our 3 day stay (with the exception of Bernard Mountain).

For this hike we started at the long pond parking area. We started along the Long Pond Trail before ascending up the Perpendicular Trail to Mansell Mountain, then came down the Mansell Mountain Trail. Next, we went along the Gilley Trail and up the Razorback Trail before a slight descent to Great Notch. Then we took a detour up to Knight Nubble and back to Great Notch before returning on the Great Notch Trail and the Gilley Trail. All the trails were great and had their own distinct features, the only one I didn't really enjoy was coming down the Great Notch Trail, perhaps I was just tired at this point but it was mostly rocks and roots and felt like being in a river bed with nothing really exciting to see, I just wanted it to be over. I think if I were to do it again I would continue from Knight Nubble to Little Notch and try coming down the Sluiceway Trail instead. The whole trip took about 5 hours.

Anyway, the Mansell Mountain peak had some okay views to the east, and the Mansell Mountain Trail itself was a pretty steep decent over a string of domes. It was enjoyable without being too difficult. I was surprised by how steep some of the descent was. I also have a crippling fear of heights but I survived. Throughout the whole hike the only part that I struggled was some sections of the Razorback Trail (where you climb over a slippery dome), and going up to Knight Nubble and back has some hairy sections where you need to use roots and careful stepping and maneuvers, so I would say maybe skip that part (another reason to push on to Little Notch so not having to climb back down).

Overall the Mansell Mountain Trail was an enjoyable section in order to connect going to the Perpendicular Trail and the Razorback Trail and it was different from anything else we had done.
Written October 27, 2020
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ashleyepstein
Newton, MA28 contributions
Tough but worth it!
Jul 2018 • Family
Mansell took me by surprise by being slightly more strenuous than anticipated, but it was worth the sweat to get to the top. The best view is right before you clamber down and then up final ascent to the summit, and boy was it beautiful! I enjoyed it, and I'll probably do it again just because the view was amazing.
Written August 19, 2018
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TVHOST
Myrtle Beach, SC885 contributions
Natural and Lovely
Jun 2017 • Couples
WE loved Southwest Harbor- easy access daily to the park and Mansell Mountain greeted us each morning.
Written June 18, 2017
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sheilaa1732017
Mountain Dale, NY6 contributions
Beautiful mountain above Long Lake.
Jun 2017 • Family
There are a couple ways to the top, moderate or difficult. There is also a scenic easy trail along Long Lake. This lake is very beautiful.
Written June 12, 2017
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Tim P
Macungie, PA173 contributions
Great Hike
Sep 2015 • Family
I have hiked all the trails in Acadia over the years. This one is on the quiet side of the island. Not a busy trail but if you want alone hiking, this is the trail for you.
Written August 21, 2016
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fongchoostampfli
119 contributions
Such a quiet and peaceful trails
Jul 2016 • Couples
It offers stunning panoramic views, challenging and varied terrains, idyllic pond walks and no crowd.
Loved it.
Written July 30, 2016
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southcounty02
Fort Mill, SC14 contributions
Nice hike on a beautiful day
Jul 2016 • Couples
We opted for the trail along the pond and then up to the summit. We were rewarded with a beautiful view of the distant bays and mountains. Plenty of wild blueberry bushes along the way.
Written July 9, 2016
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lizkri
Saugerties, NY11 contributions
Trails from Long Pond
Oct 2015 • Family
Spent a lot of time hiking on the various trails that start and end by Long Pond. Challenged by the Perpendicular Trail (affectionately known as the stair master). The great pond trail is a nice out and back, but also leads up to the Mountain Trail and many options to loop back.
Written October 20, 2015
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Z3tz
Raleigh, NC120 contributions
Moderate hike with good views
Aug 2015 • Family
A good walk, some steep parts on the Razorback Trail but the group aged 8 to 75 managed it well, ~ 2 miles in a couple hours. This is a little out of the way of the major tourist area of Acadia and so parking is not a problem although finding the correct road took a little doing. It was a foggy start that lifted in time to see Southwest Harbor and Long pnd.
Written August 20, 2015
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Diana R
Hopedale, MA429 contributions
Great hike, loads of views
Jun 2015 • Family
Although we didn't finish the full path around the mountain we did love the views, the quiet, and cool shaded path. The breeze was very strong on our trip so layers were good to have on. There were many places to sit on rocks and enjoy sun, openness of Long Pond or a picnic. Terrains change often so sturdy footwear is important. Enter path at base of pond.
Written June 30, 2015
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