Acadia National Park - Bald Peak and Parkman Mountain

This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
A steep and rocky hike to the top of two barren granite peaks, affording great views.
Trail Activity
2.7 miles, Network
Mount Desert
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge



This is a busy trail system, especially on weekends between 9AM-4PM. Consider visiting outside of peak periods. Use Maine Trail Finder to identify other nearby trails. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, please choose another trail. Be considerate of your fellow trail enthusiasts - pass at safe distances, wear masks, and move on from viewpoints if others are waiting.

The hike descends slightly through the forest passing the Parkman Mountain Trail junction. In about 0.2 miles the junction for the Bald Peak Trail is on the left. The Bald Peak Trail becomes more rugged as it follows a stream and begins to ascend Bald Peak. There are two carriage road crossings. After crossing the second carriage road, the hike becomes significantly steeper and exposed. Blue blazes and stone cairns on the open granite face mark the trail. This section is not recommended in wet weather. There are views of Upper Hadlock Pond and the outlying islands.

Once reaching the summit of Bald Peak, the trail continues down the north side of the mountain into a gully before ascending to its terminus at the junction with the Parkman Mountain Trail. A right at the junction leads to the summit of Parkman Mountain. After reaching the summit, the hike retraces the Parkman Mountain Trail southward, passing the junction for Bald Peak, continuing to descend the rugged granite into the forest. There are two steep ledges to negotiate. One of them has a single rung, and these sections can be difficult when wet. The trail crosses the carriage road three times before ending at the junction where the hike started. A right turn leads back the ME Route 198 and the parking lot.

Other Information

Geocaching is prohibited within Acadia National Park; however, the park does sponsor an EarthCache Program for those seeking a virtual treasure hunt!

Trail Manager

Visit Acadia National Park online for more information or contact:

National Park Service, Acadia National Park

National Park Service, Acadia National Park
PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone: (207) 288-3338

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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Wash your dishes at least 200 feet away from water sources, use biodegradable soap sparingly, and scatter the dishwater.
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Trailhead Information

After reaching Mount Desert Island on ME Route 3, stay to the right to follow ME Route 102. At the stop light turn left following ME Route 198 towards Northeast Harbor. (From Bar Harbor, follow ME Route 233 to reach ME Route 198.) Pass the Parkman Mountain parking lot (on the left) and park at the next unmarked, pullout parking area on the right at the base of the hill. The trailhead is located on the opposite side of the highway.

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Trail Alerts

COVID-19 Closures in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is under limited operations due to COVID-19. Some facilities may not be available and staffing may be limited. Visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly and should practice social distancing, personal hygiene, and other behaviors to avoid infection in public areas. Visitors should not rely upon site staff to ensure their protection from contagious disease.

Please note the following restrictions in place:

  • The Park Loop Road and most hiking trails are open
  • Carriage roads are open but beware of hazards as repairs continue
  • Park rangers provide information services in an outdoor setting 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily outside the Hulls Cove Visitor Center
  • Campgrounds are closed for the season
  • Bear Brook Picnic Area and Thompson Island Picnic Area are closed
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited
  • The Island Explorer bus service is indefinitely postponed for 2020

Visit Acadia's website for more specifics about which trails and facilities are open and which remain closed.


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