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Jordan Cliffs Trail



Jordan Cliffs Trail in Acadia Park

Quick Facts

Difficulty extreme
Trail Type linear
Distance 1.5 miles (2.4 km) mapped
Estimated Time 3 hours one way
Surface Type rock
Elevation Change 827 feet (252 meters)
Total Ascent 955 feet (291 meters)
Features cliffs, views, peak
Trail Markers blue paint
Scenery Rating must see
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception minimal
Dog Friendly no
Fees park entrance


For directions to the park go to the Acadia National Park page. Please consider using the free bus system in the park to assure you aren't driving around in circles trying to find a place to park. If you do use the buses make sure you plan your hikes so you don't miss the last bus of the day.

Parking at Jordan Pond in Acadia Park

When in the park you will need to display a park pass. The best way to get a park pass is at the Sand Beach Entrance Station on the Park Loop Road. From Bar Harbor travel south on Route 3 (Main Street) for 1.7 miles (2.7 km) and then turn right into the park entrance. This short access road will take you to the Park Loop Road. Turn right onto this one-way road. Drive for 2.6 miles (4.2 km) and you will come to the Entrance Station. Buy a pass and continue to drive on the loop road. For more details on park fees go here. Make sure you enjoy all the spectacular views along the way.

Drive for 9.2 miles (14.8 km) on the Park Loop Road and then turn left into the Jordan Pond Parking lot. Note that this is one of the busiest places in the park and may be difficult to find a parking space at prime times.

Once you find a parking space make your way down to Jordan Pond in front of the Jordan Pond House restaurant. At the ponds edge you will find one of the most iconic views in the park of the Bubbles rising over Jordan Pond. From here follow the Jordan Stream Carriage Road back towards the restaurant and then turn right onto the Spring Trail. The Spring Trail is a short climb (480 yards) on rock steps up to the beginning of the Jordan Cliffs Trail on the right and the Penobscot Mountain Trail straight ahead.

Jordan Cliffs from the Jordan Pond Lookout in Acadia Park

It is also possible to access the other end of this trail from the Deer Brook Trail and the Penobscot Mountain Trail.


The Jordan Cliffs Trail is an amazing trail with spectacular views but it is not for the faint of heart. From the Spring Trail the trail climbs up over the the Amphitheatre Carriage Road and then climbs rounded granite faces to gain elevation. You will soon come to beautiful views of the Bubbles over Jordan Pond.

Views of Jordan Pond and the Bubbles from the the Jordan Cliffs Trail at Acadia National Park

The trail climbs rock stairs up along boulders and small cliffs. The cliffs get progressively higher and the trail gets progressively more difficult. In a few places there are iron rungs to help climb small ledges. There is also a unique set of stairs made from three logs that help you get down back down to the trail from a ledge.

There is a bit of boulder scrambling in one section. Just following this the trail passes by some really narrow ledges on the cliff face. In one place there is a log bolted into the rock to keep your feet from slipping off. Following this there is a place where you climb a full set of irong rungs up a ledge along the cliff face. Just after this climb you will come to a trail junction. Turning right will take you down to the Deer Brook Trail. Turn left and you will continue to climb up towards Penobscot Peak.

The Jordan Cliffs Trail at Acadia National Park

After a short scramble towards Penobscot Peak you will come to the large, wide flat granite top of the mountain. This part of the trail goes along the tops of the cliffs and offers unfettered views of Jordan Pond and the Bubbles. You should also be able to see all the way to the ocean to the south, and to Eagle Lake and Frenchman Bay to the north. This section of trail ends at Penobscot Peak.

The Jordan Cliffs Trail can be easily made into a loop by returning on the Penobscot Mountain Trail or the Jordan Pond Path. I would suggest starting this trail from the Jordan Pond restaurant end of the trail as there are a few climbs that would be more difficult going down. If you are taking the bus you could also continue to the Deer Brook Trail and go explore the Bubbles. You could then catch the bus at the Bubbles parking lot.

Other Trails in the Park

  • Acadia Mountain Trail
  • Alder Trail
  • Amphitheatre Trail
  • Anvil Trail
  • Asticou and Jordan Pond Path
  • Bald Peak Trail
  • Bar Island Access Trail
  • Bass Harbour Head Lighthouse Access Trail
  • Beech Cliff Loop Trail
  • Beech Mountain Trail
  • Beehive Trail
  • Bernard Mountain Trail
  • Bowl Trail
  • Bubbles Trail
  • Bubbles Divide Trail
  • Buck Cove Mountain Trail
  • Cadillac Mountain Trail
  • Cadillac Summit Loop Trail
  • Cadillac West Face Trail
  • Canada Cliffs Trail
  • Canon Brook Trail
  • Carriage Roads
  • Champlain Mountain Trail
  • Cold Brook Trail
  • Compass Harbour Trail
  • Deer Brook Trail
  • Dorr Mountain Trail
  • East Trail
  • Eagles Cragg Trail
  • Eagle Lake Trail
  • Flying Mountain Trail
  • Giant Slide Trail
  • Gilley Trail
  • Gorge Path
  • Gorham Mountain Trail
  • Grandgent Trail
  • Great Head Trail
  • Great Meadow Loop
  • Great Notch Trail
  • Hadlock Brook Trail
  • Hadlock Ponds Trail
  • Hemlock Road Loop
  • Hunters Beach Trail
  • Jesup Path
  • Jordan Pond Carry Trail
  • Jordan Pond Path
  • Kebo Brook Trail
  • Kebo Mountain Trail
  • Ledge Trail
  • Long Pond Trail
  • Lower Norumbega Trail
  • Man o'War Brook Trail
  • Mansell Mountain Trail
  • Maple Spring Trail
  • Norumbega Mountain Trail
  • Ocean Path
  • Orange and Black Trail
  • Otter Cove Trail
  • Parkman Mountain Trail
  • Pemetic Mountain Loop
  • Penobscot Mountain Trail
  • Perpendicular Trail
  • Precipice Trail
  • Quarry Trail
  • Razorback Trail
  • Saint Sauveur Mountain Trail
  • Sargent Mountain Trail
  • Schiff Path
  • Schoodic Head Trail
  • Schooner Head Point Trail
  • Ship Harbour Trail
  • Sluiceway Trail
  • Valley Trail
  • Valley Cove Trail
  • Valley Peak Trail
  • Western Mountain Connector Trail
  • West Ledge Trail
  • Wonderland Trail
    • Trail Last Hiked: October 7, 2016
    • Page last updated: April 10, 2020