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Level: Beginner
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +255/ -160 ft
Total: 33 riders

Mountain Biking Breakneck Pond Trail

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#21 of 121 mountain bike trails in Maine
#2,678 in the world

Basically the only trail on the entire island of Mt. Desert that MTB'ing is allowed on. Can be either a shuttled scorching downhill, or an out and back climb and descent (start at Hull's Cove General Store for the out and back).

This descent will take you past Upper and Lower Breakneck ponds, it can be wet and may require a crossing or two of creeks.

You come out on a jeep trail, which then becomes Breakneck Rd. Follow the road down to Hull's Cove General Store for a tasty ice cold beverage!

First added by 8valvegrowl on Jul 26, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Head west on Main St. in Bar Harbor
Turn right on Mt. Desert St
Mt. Desert St. turns into Eagle Lake/Rt. 233, follow it approximately 2.7 out of town, parking is on left (south) side, trial head is approximately 50 yards down hill towards Bar Harbor on right (north) side. Go through gate and follow the singletrack.
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    This trail is a fun departure from the smooth, graded, gravel carriage roads of Acadia. It's an old jeep road that has overgrown to resemble singletrack in some areas, doubletrack in others and still a wide gravel road in others. I rode this with my capable 9-year old with no problem. It's mostly downhill gradient but not steep at all. There are a few fun rocks to jump off and short section of exposed granite to ramp down. You may get a bit wet riding between Breakneck Ponds. Signs posted state that this trail is closed to motorized vehicles except snowmobiles. If you park at the Eagle Lake carriage road parking area and ride west up Eagle Lake Road about 1/4 mile you will find the gated trail entrance on the north side of the road (it's easy to miss when passing by in car).

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  • ryankelly

    This trail is super basic, but still fun for even experienced riders. It's difficulty directly corresponds to your speed, so if you're going fast, this may become a challenging trail. If you're a beginner, taking it slow would obviously result in an easier experience. You can take it as slow as you want, since there are no real drops at all.

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  • 8valvegrowl

    Fun and fast downhill, lasts about 10 15 minutes if you noodle around. Would be a good climb from Hull's Cove, if you need a real MTB fix while visiting Acadia.

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