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Awesome trail !! The view at the top is worth the climb.

Tough vertical climb up to the top but worth it for the views. Take the razorback trail down and... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2018
Michelle L
Nicely "engineered" trail

We call this "The Stairmaster," but that doesn't begin to describe this marvelous route starting in... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 13 September 2018

Tough vertical climb up to the top but worth it for the views. Take the razorback trail down and then the easier Long Pond trail around the lake for a longer hike. We saw a bald eagle flying over the water near the end, it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michelle L
Reviewed 6 September 2018

We call this "The Stairmaster," but that doesn't begin to describe this marvelous route starting in a rock slide at the base of Western (Mansell) Mountain. Great panorama from N-to-ENE-to-E-to-ESE at a lookout about 100 feet below summit. Return by Great Notch Trail. (Razorback Trail...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 6 August 2018

This hike goes straight up about 949 feet to Mt Mansell. You can see the drill marks as each stair has been cut out of rock. There is one place with an iron ladder to climb. Views are fantastic and actually this was a very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Joseph T
Reviewed 22 July 2018

I call this a free stress test,( I'm 61), because it definitely challenges you going up the steep ascent. I am pretty active so I did well, but I wouldn't recommend it if you aren't in good shape unless you take a lot of breaks....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Juniapetunia
Reviewed 8 July 2018

This trail is UP! We are not in the best shape and it was definitely a challenge, but the quality of the trail and the views of Long pond make it worth it. This hike does not disappoint!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank hmeadq
Reviewed 14 September 2017

If you loved Precipice, you will love the Perpendicular Trail. Entrances is off the carriage roads south of Jordan Pond, and its a lot of scrambling over rocks, with a couple iron rungs. Take this trail, then loop to the top of Penobscot and back...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank beahleah
Reviewed 3 September 2017

I did it this year at age 60, having been visiting MDI on and off for the last 30 years. Yes, for some years the trail was closed for the nesting peregrines. But some years we just wrote off this trail as too dangerous. Not...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Robbie B
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Uncrowded trail, mostly stone steps to a scenic hilltop (about 670 ft). Definitely qualifies as a daily workout, unless you're super hard-core. If you take the Mansell trail down, it is even more challenging, as the trail is marked but more of a suggestion than...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I counted. I think there were just over 900 steps built into this trail. Quite the engineering marvel. And I was a lucky recipient of this feat. We hiked this on a slightly rainy slightly foggy day and it was just gorgeous. The rain actually...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank khollth
Reviewed 27 July 2017

My wife and I hiked this trail in summer and last winter and found it quite challenging but rewarding. Great views along way. The cut stone steps are some of the best trail engineering in existence.

Date of experience: July 2017
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16 July 2016|
Response from PhotoJDallas | Reviewed this property |
Nope -- it's very steep and actually dogs are not allowed on this trail.