|The Bubbles as seen from the start of this hike|
The Jordan Pond House is a very popular destination for both tourists and hikers. The food there is good (the popovers are excellent) and there are many trails that can be explored.
To start the hike, follow the signs for the Nature Trail down back of the Jordan Pond House. You will find the start of it where people take the famous picture of the Bubbles rising over the northern end of Jordan Pond. This will lead you through some trees and out to the
. Walk over the small stone causeway and then take the Pond Trail that will head up and away to the right. This trail is wide and very well maintained. shore of Jordan Pond
There are two trails up Pemetic off the Pond Trail’s left side that you can take. In all honesty I intended to take the South Ridge Trail, but was expecting to find the trailhead just after the one on the right for the Triad and I apparently walked right past it. One map I have shows it after the Triad trail while the other shows it before it. Not realizing I had missed it I continued on the Pond Trail until I came to the
The trail is aptly named. It rises steeply for hundreds of feet via the use of switchbacks. You then reach some open ledge and join up with the South Ridge Trail coming in from the left. From this point on the hike is the same regardless of which route you started up on. There are already great views to the south from this point. Turn right and head up the South Ridge Trail.
Watch carefully for
|The Jordan Pond House nestled in the trees. This is where the hike started.|
The trail does eventually turn back to the right and heads up to the summit of Pemetic. The view to the south is somewhat obstructed by a rocky spine that blocks views of some things that you could see from lower on the South Ridge Trail. I walked out some of these outcroppings to take photos. And don’t miss the views of
|Eagle Lake and Frenchman Bay as seen from the summit of Pemetic Mountain|
|Two other hikers framed against the view to the northwest from the summit of Pemetic Mountain|
The summit was popular this day and I spent 30-45 minutes talking with folks who were there when I arrived and some who came after me. With three major starting points to summit Pemetic, each with its own features, this was not surprising.
When you are ready to continue head north off Pemetic’s summit a tenth of a mile down to a signpost where the trails from Bubble Pond (North Ridge Trail) and the Bubbles parking (Northwest Trail) come together. The view of
is now unobstructed. Head left down the Northwest Trail. The descent is moderate in some places, but overall steep more than anything else, so watch your footing. Eagle Lake
As you near the bottom of this trail you come upon an interesting feature. There is a small gorge in the rock. The trail goes through this gorge for a couple hundred feet, but it also goes right beside the top of it, too. You can choose either way. People coming up were hiking beside the gorge, not in it. I took a look and the descent here was on smooth ledge and the angle was just enough to make me uncomfortable. Had I been coming up I would have likely chosen the same path, but for descending I chose the gorge.
|Inside the gorge looking at the upper end of it|
|Inside the gorge looking up at the lower end of it|
There are two small wooden ladders to help you down the steepest parts of the gorge. Note that they are not bolted to the rock, so don’t horse around on them. There are trees growing right in the gorge and I came upon an interesting feature with roots running over the surface of smooth ledge. Once you are through here continue down the trail to the
Park Loop Road, and after checking for traffic coming from the left cross over it to the Bubbles parking area. There are no bathrooms or drinking water here.
|Tree roots making their way over the surface of the ledge|
Take the wide path off the back of this parking area as if you were going to go up to Bubble Rock. (You can read about hiking the Bubbles here.) In less than a tenth of a mile you will come to a wide cross trail. This is the Jordan Pond Carry Trail. Turn left onto this. It will rise slightly before descending to the
|Looking out over Jordan Pond from the north shore|
Turn left and walk back along the
[For other hikes that start at the Jordan Pond House see this post for a circuit of Jordan Pond, this post for a loop hike down the Seaside Path and back up the Jordan Stream Trail, and this post for a loop hike traverse of the Triad.]
Cumulative distance: 4.5 miles
Cumulative elevation gain: 950 feet
Cumulative duration: 3.5 – 4 hours (including time for photos)
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