The Norumbega Loop begins with a very steep ascent on granite boulders up Goat Trail to reach the summit of Norumbega Mountain at 852 feet. From there the trail descends gradually along a ridge with some views of Somes Sound. On reaching Lower Hadlock Pond, the loop continues left on the Hadlock Pond Trail along the shore of the pond. Portions of this trail are on boardwalk because of boggy areas when the trail is wet. At the north end of Hadlock Pond, in wet weather the hiker may be rewarded with a waterfall as the water flows from Upper Hadlock to Lower Hadlock Pond.
There is a junction just past the pond. At this point, the Norumbega Connector Trail provides views of Upper Hadlock Pond and leads back to the parking area.
Dogs must be on a six foot leash. The first ascent is very steep and may not be suitable for dogs.
Geocaching is prohibited within Acadia National Park; however, the park does sponsor an EarthCache Program for those seeking a virtual treasure hunt!
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After reaching Mount Desert Island on ME-3, stay to the right to follow ME-102 toward the towns of Somesville and Southwest Harbor. At the stoplight, turn left onto ME-198 towards Northeast Harbor. Follow ME-198/ME-3 for 3.5 miles to pull-off parking area on the right.
Alternatively, from Bar Harbor, follow ME-233 to reach ME-198. Park at the trailhead along the roadway in a parking area just North of Upper Hadlock Pond.
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