1. Penobscot and Sargent Mountains, Maine
Two summits, rocky scrambles and crystal-clear ponds make this the most rewarding hike in Acadia National Park. The 5.4-mile loop starts and ends at Jordan Pond House, a civilized eatery that beckons with post-hike popovers, but is otherwise rugged. You’ll squeeze between boulders to scale Penobscot, dip down to Sargent Pond, then climb past the tree line to the 1,373-foot top of Sargent Mountain. With water on three sides, the panoramic view encompasses practically the entire Down East Coast.
Time: One day
Level: Easy to Moderate
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