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Penobscot Mountain, Gilmore Peak, Sargent Mountain
Mount Desert, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Heading to the Hadlock Brook Trail on the carriage roads
Heading to the Hadlock Brook Trail on the carriage roads

Route: Carriage roads, Hadlock Brook Trail, Amphitheater Trail, Sargent South Ridge Trail, Penobscot Mountain Trail, Maple Spring Trail, Parkman Mountain Trail, Grandent Trail

Carriage roads were nicely groomed for foot traffic, snowshoeing, classical, or skate skiing.

Lower portions of Hadlock and Maple Spring were broken out. Some trail finding necessary on Amphitheater and Sargent South. Fantastic snowshoe conditions with well consolidated base of a few feet. Above treeline also had good coverage and I would suggest was more scenic than the Presidentials.

Did a side trip to Gilmore while waiting for the sunset...upper Maple Spring was had to find and navigate. No recent traffic to Gilmore either. Upper Grandgent was also tricky to navigate descending due to being above treeline and minimal cairns. Fantastic sunset from Sargent.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Penobscot Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Gilmore Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Sargent Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Parking Elevation: 360'
Destination: Penobscot Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:11
Trailhead Elevation: 360'
Summit Elevation: 1,196'
Vertical Gain: 956'
Destination: Gilmore Peak
Time Elapsed: 00:54
Trailhead Elevation: 1,373'
Summit Elevation: 1,030'
Vertical Gain: 330'
Destination: Sargent Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 340'
Summit Elevation: 1,373'
Vertical Gain: 453'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:43
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,739'


The spur to the Around Mountain Carriage Road off Route 3
The spur to the Around Mountain Carriage Road off Route 3

Looking down the Sargent South Ridge Trail on the way to Penobscot Mountain
Looking down the Sargent South Ridge Trail on the way to Penobscot Mountain

Looking northeast at the Bubbles from Penobscot Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast at the Bubbles from Penobscot Mountain

Approaching Gilmore Peak
Approaching Gilmore Peak

Looking southwest at Bald Peak from Gilmore Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking southwest at Bald Peak from Gilmore Peak

Ascending Sargent Mountain on the Grandent Trail
Ascending Sargent Mountain on the Grandent Trail

Looking at the ocean from Sargent Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the ocean from Sargent Mountain

The sunset from Sargent Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset from Sargent Mountain

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 198 south from Route 233. Shortly after passing Sargent Drive, there will be a small parking area on the left side of the road at a height of land. A short spur to the Carriage Road network is located adjacent to the restroom.



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