Sargent Mountain

Sargent Mountain as seen from Somesville.

Sargent Mountain is second only to Cadillac mountain in elevation at 1,373 feet (419 meters) above sea level. As shown in the photograph above, Sargent Mountain rises over the northern end of Somes Sound. This photograph was taken from the Village of Somesville on State Route 102. The outlet from Somes Pond is in the foreground. The next photograph is a closer view of the summit taken from State Route 3/198 at the northern end of Somes Sound. There are few trails up this western face of Sargent Mountain because this face is steep in many places and is difficult to access from Sargeant Drive that runs along its base to the Village of Northeast Harbor.

Sargent Mountain Pond is a true tarn (mountain pond or lake) between the summits of Penobscot Mountain and Sargent Mountain. The surface area of Sargent Pond is only one acre (0.004 square kilometers) but it is at an elevation of 1,070 feet (326.1 meters) above sea level. Its deepest point is 11 feet (3.3 meters) and average depth is 9.8 feet (3 meters). This pond is oligotrophic, that is, it has little vegetation and large amounts of dissolved oxygen. It also has low turbidity. Information on the fish in this pond has not been found as yet. Sargent Mountain Pond is very remote, accessible only by climbing challenging trails.

Sargent Mountain West Face

The eastern face of Sargent Mountain rises over the southern part of Eagle Lake as shown in the following photograph. This face of the mountain is more accessible. The hill to the right of center just above the foreground trees in the picture below is called Connor's Nubble at an elevation of 588 feet (179 meters) above sea level.

Sargent Mountain from Park Loop Road

The following photograph is a closer view of the summit of Sargent Mountain on the east side.

East Face of Sargent Mountain

The summit of Sargent Mountain is accessible only by hiking trails. The trails and carriage roads just north and east of Upper Hadlock Pond on State Route 3/198 north of the Village of Northeast Harbor connect to trails to the summit of Sargent Mountain. The Giant Slide Trail north of these trails will also connect to Sargent Mountain summit trails. Trails on the east side of Sargent Mountain from Jordan Pond and Eagle Lake will also connect to Sargent Mountain summit trails. The use of a United States Geological Survey map (Southwest Harbor Quadrangle) is recommended for this area. The National Park map is adequate but does not show certain features like minor peaks and bodies of water.

The author is particularly fond of the Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail that follows the spine of Sargent Mountain from south to north. This trail passes by Cedar Swamp Mountain at an elevation of about 940 feet (287 meters) above sea level, Birch Spring, Penobscot Mountain at an elevation of 1,194 feet (360 meters) above sea level, Sargent Mountain Pond and Sargent Mountain summit. It goes on down from the summit to the Giant Slide Trail. Park or start at the Brown Mountain Gate House parking area on routes 3/198 about a mile (1.6km) north of the Village of Northeast Harbor. One can then hike the carriage road south (right) toward the Jordan Pond House. The South Ridge Trail intersects the carriage road about a mile (1.6km) from the parking area. The Asticou Jordan Pond Trail, starting in the Asticou section of the Village of Northeast Harbor, also provides access to the South Ridge Trail near its intersection with the Asticou Ridge Trail. The following photograph shows the marker on the carriage road that runs from the Brown Mountain Gate House area to Jordan Pond. 

Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail Marker

As one climbs the Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail, one can look back from openings in the forest to see Eliot Mountain at 456 feet (139 meters) above sea level between Little Long Pond at Bracy Cove and the Village of Northeast Harbor. The islands nearest the mountain in this picture are the Cranberry Islands. The two islands in the distance are Little Duck Island and Great Duck Island.

Eliot Mountain

The next photograph taken from the Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail shows the meadow at Little Long Pond and Bracy Cove in the foreground. The closer island is Little Cranberry Island. The more distant island is Baker Island. Note the lighthouse in the center of Baker Island. 

Bracy Cove and Little Cranberry Island 

Further east Day Mountain can be seen from the Sargent Mountain Trail. The hill in the foreground of the next photograph to the left is Redfield Hill. The hill to the right partially obscured by the spruce tree is Barr Hill. Dy Mountain is in the background.

Day Mountain 

As one climbs higher on the Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail, the view becomes more expansive. The next photograph shows Long Pond at Bracy Cove, which is called Little Long Pond on this website, and Bracy Cove. Barr Hill rises above Little Long Pond. In the foreground is Mitchell Hill. The islands, from left to right, are Baker Island, Little Cranberry Island, Sutton Island and the tip of Great Cranberry Island. 

Little Long Pond 

When one reaches sufficient altitude on the Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail, The whole of Great Cranberry Island can be seen as shown in the next photograph. Eliot Mountain is no longer blocking Great Cranberry Island and is now to the right in the photograph. Sutton Island is the closest island. The tip of Little Cranberry Island can be seen to the left beyond Sutton Island. To the right of Little Cranberry Island is Great Cranberry Island. The two islands in the rear are Little Duck Island and Great Duck Island. 

Great Cranberry Island 

Looking west from the Sargent Mountain South ridge Trail, one sees, from left to right, Bernard Mountain, Mansell Mountain and Beech Mountain in the background over the southern part of Norumbega Mountain in the foreground. The mountain between Norumbega Mountain and Beech Mountain is St. Sauveur Mountain. Note the fire tower on Beech Mountain. This tower serves as a reliable landmark to identify Beech Mountain.

Bernard, Mansell and Beech Mountain from South Ridge Trail 

As one approaches the first summit on Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail, the valley between Penobscot Mountain and Sargent Mountain comes into clear view. This area is primitive and can be dangerous. Stay on the trails. 

Valley between Penobscot Mountain and Sargent Mountain 

The west side of Penobscot Mountain is seen to the east from Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail. Click on the photograph below to see a video of Penobscot Mountain and the valley between Penobscot Mountain and Sargent Mountain. This video is 27 seconds long and has file size of 19.4 megabytes.

West Side of Penobscot Mountain 

Just off the Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail is the summit of Cedar Swamp Mountain. The photograph below is a view of the northern part of Somes Sound and Somes Pond. In the background is Blue Hill Bay to the left and Western Bay to the right. Blue Hill with a summit at 940 feet (287 meters) above sea level can be seen to the left of center. 

Northern Some Sound and Somes Pond from Cedar Swamp Mountain 

The summit of Sargent Mountain is still about another mile (1.61 kilometers) from Cedar Swamp Mountain along the Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail. The photograph below shows Sargent Mountain in winter from Somesville. The lower summit to the right is Norumbega Mountain.

Sargent Mountain in Winter

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