QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 49,075 acres
- Trail Mileage: varies
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: moderate to challenging
- Sights: ocean views from long, exposed ridge
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According to some internet sources, Pemetic Mountain gets its name from a Wabanaki word meaning “sloping land,” and was used by Native people to refer to the whole island. Other sources translate pemetic as either “range of mountains” or “mountains seen from a distance.”
Pemetic Mountain is about 1,247 feet high, and like many of the other peaks in the park, has an outstanding open ridge running north-south that is wonderful to hike along (especially facing south, toward the ocean).
There are several ways to access the ridge and summit; I’ll talk about the three trailheads closest to the peak. The fastest way up, on Pemetic Northwest Trail, is also the steepest. It’s a very steep scramble up a rock fall for 0.5 miles. But you’ll reach the open summit at 0.6 miles. The ridge then slopes gently southwards for 0.7 miles before splitting into two trails: South Ridge Trail and Pemetic East Cliff Trail. South Ridge is much less steep than East Cliff.
You can also start your hike at the north end of Bubble Pond and hike up the 1.1-mile Pemetic North Ridge Trail, which is steady and moderately steep.
Finally, you can begin your hike from the south end of Jordan Pond, at Jordan House, which has the largest parking lot. The 0.4-mile trail up Bubble and Jordan Ponds Paths is moderate, and then you can branch off to South Ridge Trail to access the ridge and summit.
Note: There are no great views from the summit of Triad Mountain.
You can read more info about the park here.
Directions: The mountain’s trailheads are accessed from the Park Loop Road. Popular trailheads include the ones at Jordan House, the north end of Bubble Pond, and the one shared with North and South Bubble. Try to get to your trail before 9 am in the summer months to grab a parking spot. Or take the Island Explorer bus!