Mansell Mountain, Acadia National Park

Distance: ~2.5 mi (4 km) round trip
Highest elevation: 949 ft (289 m)
Elevation gain: 879 ft (268 m)
Date: October 2, 2010

Mansell Mountain is located on the western side of Mount Desert Island northwest of Southwest Harbor in Acadia National Park.  The mountain is at the southwest end of Long Pond and across the pond from Beech Mountain.

Mansell Mountain and Long Pond

Several trails ascend the mountain, so there are plenty of opportunities to create a loop hike in the area.  Perhaps the best ascent route is the Perpendicular Trail, which rises up the steep eastern face of the mountain overlooking Long Pond.  This trail follows granite staircases and a few ladder rungs before leveling off slightly when it reaches the discrete summit.

Looking towards Beech Mountain from the south ridge of Mansell Mountain

On the descent from the summit I took the Mansell Mountain Trail, which follows the south ridge of the mountain and has several good views.  Once back at the bottom of the mountain I followed the Cold Brook Trail back east to the Long Pond parking area.

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