Pemetic North Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 23' 7 m
Descent: -920' -280 m
High: 1,236' 377 m
Low: 333' 102 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“A steep but rewarding run up the north side of one of Acadia's best peaks ending with a 360˚ view.”— David Onkst
The trail begins just off of the northwestern part of Bubble Pond. The closest parking is at the small Bubble Pond lot only a few hundred feet northeast of the trailhead, but if you want to avoid dealing with a car, the free Island Explorer bus also drops off at the lot.
From its very start, this path quickly ascends through a large pine forest and goes over several rocky areas, some with some decent cliffs. Although it’s only a little over a mile to the top of the mountain, it's a strenuous run with over 900 feet of elevation gain. Notably, just before you summit, you’ll come across the Pemetic Northwest Trail, the steepest and most challenging of the Pemetic path system. As mentioned earlier, the view at the top is spectacular.
This trail is one of the initial trails I took when I first began going to Acadia so many years ago. I consequently continue to hold a very fond memory of it. I’ll never forget the smell of the pine as we climbed up to one of our first views from the top of the park. I’m sure this run will provide you with just as many great memories.
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