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Norumbega Mountain Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

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3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer loop
83% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 702' 214 m
Descent: -706' -215 m
High: 830' 253 m
Low: 193' 59 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

A moderate loop run along Norumbega Mountain and Lower Hadlock Pond with beautiful views.

Zander Göpfert

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views

Overview

This run makes for a great option to get the blood flowing and some nice photos of Somes Sound, Acadia Mountain, and the Hadlock Lakes from atop Norumbega Mountain.

Description

To access this run, head along Sound Drive to the Norumbega Mountain Pull-off Parking Area, just down the road from the Parkman Mountain Parking Area (this parking area is a good backup option if the pull-off parking is full).

From the north side of the parking area, head west on the Goat Trail as it climbs rather abruptly up the east face of Norumbega Mountain. There are a number of switchbacks along this slope that make the grade slightly more manageable but this stretch will undoubtedly get your heart rate up. Don't worry, though, as this is the only significant climb on the loop and the views from the top are well worth the effort!

As the trees begin to thin out and the trail heads across large granite outcroppings, continue on to the Norumbega Mountain Trail. This is a great spot for a break after your climb.

From here, the route levels out and begins to descend southward down the ridge of Norumbega Mountain. Look east for views of the Upper Hadlock Pond and west for views of Somes Sound, Acadia Mountain, Valley Peak, and Flying Mountain.

Continue past the Golf Course Trail, descending further to the southwest shores of Lower Hadlock Pond. At this junction, head back up on the Hadlock Ponds Trail as it hugs the western shore of the pond.

After around a half mile, stay to the left, passing the Lower Hadlock Trail and then turn left on the Norumbega Connector. Follow this connector for just under a mile to return to the start of Goat Trail.

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Aug 15, 2018
Joshua Howard
Very steep climb at the beginning of this run. The lower section during the last .75 miles was filled with roots and extremely technical running. 3.2mi — 1h 15m

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Hadlock Brook Waterfall
May 18, 2019 near Tremont, ME
Sargent Mountain.
Jun 17, 2016 near Tremont, ME
Goat trail to the summit
Oct 5, 2018 near Tremont, ME
Summit of the Goat Trail
Oct 5, 2018 near Tremont, ME
Climbing the stairs on Goat Trail.  This is the easier part of the climb, even a 9yr could do it.
Dec 26, 2017 near Tremont, ME

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