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This page describes carriage road rides made possible by the Brown Mountain bus. You can also access the Carriage Road system at Eagle Lake via the Bicycle Express.

PLEASE NOTE: Carriage Road cyclists should not attempt to return to Bar Harbor on the Jordan Pond bus. Jordan Pond buses have room for only six bicycles, and the available space is often filled when these buses leave Northeast Harbor. Return to Bar Harbor on the Bicycle Express from Eagle Lake, or bike back to town via Duck Brook Bridge and West Street Extension.
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The Brown Mountain bus links Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor with carriage roads at Brown Mountain Gate House. Here are three possible bike routes that each use a portion of the "Around Mountain" carriage road loop. Take along a carriage road map.

BROWN MOUNTAIN TO EAGLE LAKE VIA AUNT BETTY POND
This trip is 7.4 miles long if you take the lower road to Aunt Betty Pond. There are several hills but grades are moderate. Travel to the Brown Mountain Gate House on Bus 6 and return to Bar Harbor on the Bicycle Express, or to Northeast Harbor on Bus 6.

BROWN MOUNTAIN TO JORDAN POND
The most direct route to Jordan Pond is 3 miles long with only modest grades. Travel to Brown Mountain on Bus 6. Because bike racks on Bus 5 are often full, you should plan to bike back to the Brown Mountain Gate House and return to Bar Harbor or Northeast Harbor on Bus 6.

BROWN MOUNTAIN TO EAGLE LAKE OVER THE NORTH RIDGE OF SARGENT MOUNTAIN
This trip is about 8 miles long and includes a long, steep climb around Sargent Mountain. Travel to Brown Mountain on Bus 6, and return to Bar Harbor on the Bicycle Express or to Northeast Harbor on Bus 6.



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