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Address: Acadia National Park, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME

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A strenuous hike with incredible trail engineering up through a talus field. Some great views out over the entrance to Somes Sound. The lower half of the descent on Mt Mansell... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Ed G
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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8 reviews
Reviewed 19 October 2016

A strenuous hike with incredible trail engineering up through a talus field. Some great views out over the entrance to Somes Sound. The lower half of the descent on Mt Mansell Trail sucks, take the Razorback Trail down which is much more exciting, and only the lower quarter sucks. I'm not sure why these trails aren't better built, but you... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

This hike had been on my to-do list for many years, as it has good trailhead parking options, several trail combinations and those glorious Civilian Conservation Corps stone steps (plus a couple of iron rungs/stairs in large boulders.) The 940+ elevation gain is mostly via those stairs, so this is a hike to do up the stairs, not down unless... More 

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San Anselmo
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you are into a strenuous workout, this is for you. My 38 year old daughter asked me why we'd never taken this trail because we'd done everything else on MDI. I said I'd show her why. Well she never wants to do it again. There are no views from the top or anywhere else unless you bushwhack. If you... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

This is not an easy hike -- lots of stairs and true to it's name, practically straight up. But the view is nice and it's a great workout. Long Pond, where you get on the trail, is quite nice and you can swim, kayak, or canoe in the pond. Make a day of it -- hike the trail then cool... More 

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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

This is not an easy trail but it is a historic trail built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. There are beautiful views of Long Pond and the wooded portion of the hike is also lovely.

1 Thank Anne W
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Reviewed 24 September 2015

This trail was the end loop of a longer hike. It was definitely a challenge and well worth the time it took us to hike.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 22 September 2015

Hiked the Perpendicular trail up Mansell Mt. Trails starts from the Pumping Station at Long Pond, a little bit around the edge of the water. Switch-backed very steep granite stairs straight up the mountain, with one section of ladder/rungs. Very exhausting, but it's a beautifully designed and engineered trail. Be sure to stop and snap pictures at the overlook in... More 

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Southborough, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

This is a wonderful hike, so don't be intimidated by the "Difficult" rating. After all, it is a solid granite stairway to the top of the approx. 1000 ft Mansell Mtn.. We took our two grandchildren (12 and 8) up with us and they handled it fine. The eight year old needed a few rest stops, but otherwise did great.... More 

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Monroe NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2015

Tough hike up Mansell Mountain up over 300 cut granite steps, a few iron rungs and a small ladder. Incredible views of overlook of Beech Mountain, Long Pond and the outlying islands just before the summit. The return trail down the backside of mountain is a bit tough as there are no steps & just some steep rock slopes. Nothing... More 

Hickory, North Carolina
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Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

Some say this trail is not strenuous - perhaps not for avid hikers and runners - but for me, a moderately fit 59 year old, it was as strenuous going up as going down. If you think you can manage it, do it! It's well worth the effort of going up for the gorgeous views (even on an overcast day)... More 

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