The 26 peaks of Acadia National Park

Have you ever hiked the 26 peaks of Acadia? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about it, and it’s on your Acadia National Park hiking bucket list?

Now there’s a way to earn a medal for bagging the peaks, or even for virtually “climbing” them, by signing up for the Amazin’ Maine Virtual Race, which runs from April 16 through Aug. 8, 2020. Register now. See details below. Or sign up for the 2020 Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race, starting soon.

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Hike all 26 peaks of Acadia, virtually, and show your love for Acadia by supporting Friends of Acadia. Opt for this medal, featuring a raised profile of the Bubbles and an “I LOVE Friends of Acadia” ribbon when you register for the Amazin’ Maine Virtual Race, and at least 5% of proceeds from this medal goes to support the nonprofit. See additional medals available, below.

List of Acadia National Park mountains

Here’s a list of the 26 peaks in Acadia National Park. The list includes the old names for 11 of the mountain peaks and the height of each of the mountains. This list is hard to find. It used to be prominent on the park Web site, but we found it most recently at the Cadillac Summit Gift Shop.

Two of the peaks listed below do not have maintained trails on them, and there are two popular mountains that were not included, for whatever reason, in the park’s original list.

So for the Amazin’ Maine Virtual Race route, we have added Kebo Mountain and Conners Nubble, but left out McFarland and Youngs Mountains.

Hope to see you on the trails of Acadia in real life – or in virtual reality!

Cadillac Mountain double rainbow

A rare double rainbow (look closely) forms below dark clouds beyond Cadillac Mountain.

1) Cadillac (Green) – 1,530 feet.
2) Sargent – 1,373 feet.
3) Dorr (Flying Squadron) – 1,270 feet.
4) Pemetic – 1,248 feet.
5) Penobscot (Jordan) – 1,194 feet.
6) Bernard (of Western) – 1,071 feet.
7) Champlain (Newport) – 1,058 feet.
8) Gilmore – 1,036 feet.
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Fall colors light up the shore of Jordan Pond and the Bubbles. These twin mountains are featured on the  Amazin’ Maine Virtual Race Medallion, which you can earn by registering now.

9) Bald – 974 feet.
10) Mansell (of Western) – 949 feet.
11) Cedar Swamp – 942 feet.
12) Parkman (Little Brown) – 941 feet.
13) North Bubble – 872 feet.
14) Norumbega (Brown) – 852 feet.
15) Beech – 839 feet.
16) South Bubble – 766 feet.
17) Huguenot Head (Picket) – 731 feet.
18) McFarland – 724 feet, no official trail.
19) The Triad – 698 feet.
20) Acadia (Robinson) – 681 feet.
21) Youngs – 680 feet, no official trail.
22) St. Sauveur (Dog) – 679 feet.
23) Day – 580 feet.
24) Gorham – 525 feet.
25) The Beehive – 520 feet.
26) Flying – 284 feet.
Source: National Park Service.

Amazin’ Maine Virtual Race – climb Acadia peaks, earn medal

The virtual race helps support Friends of Acadia, Millinocket Memorial Library, and the Robin Emery Prize, named after the Maine Running Hall of Famer and virtual racer who goes by @Fossil,  to be awarded to a 5th through 12th-grade girl who runs in the Down East YMCA’s Main Street Memorial Mile.

Between April 16 and Aug. 8, 2020, racers are virtually heading over the 26 peaks of Acadia, along the real-life routes of Bridge the Gap in Bucksport, the Main Street Memorial Mile in Ellsworth and other road races, and passing by such Maine icons as lighthouses and Stephen King’s house in Bangor.
acadia virtual race

Virtually climb Acadia’s 26 peaks in this first 56-mile segment of the 206.8-mile Amazin’ Maine Virtual Race, and you may get a 360-degree Google Street View or land on a red pindrop with a special “Where in Acadia?” photo. (Image courtesy of

The 206.8-mile virtual race over 115 days features segments stretching from Acadia to Katahdin, Lubec to Ogunquit, and includes some of the hiking trails featured in our new book, “Coastal Trails of Maine, including Acadia National Park,” being published by Falcon on April 1. (PLEASE NOTE: See sidebar about affiliated partner links)

Start on Cadillac and climb all the peaks of Acadia, and move on to run some or all of such real-life race routes as Labor Day 5 Miler in Bangor, Bay of Fundy International Marathon in Lubec, Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon in Kennebunk, L.L. Bean 4th of July 10K, TD Beach to Beacon 10K and Millinocket Marathon. (This virtual race is not officially affiliated with any of the real-life races, but we’ll be including links embedded in red pindrops in the virtual race map to news about any real-life race cancellations or postponements, as a public service during this time of coronavirus.)

Finish off the virtual race atop Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine and northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

Log your walking, running or hiking miles anywhere in the world, and see your race avatar move along the virtual race map, getting a Google Street View, if available, for the place you land for the day.
At least 5% of gross proceeds go to help support the Acadia and Millinocket charities and the Robin Emery Prize.
Everyone is a winner, even if you can’t complete the course by Aug. 8, 2020. That’s because you’re helping to benefit special causes, all ordered medals will ship after the end of the race, and you’ll be automatically entered into a giveaway.
Register now, and you can backdate your miles to April 16, 2020, if you don’t start right away.

Amazin’ Maine Virtual Race medal options, and gift giveaways

Below are three special medal options ($12 each) plus three classic medal options ($10 each), to help raise funds for the Acadia and Millinocket charities and the Robin Emery Prize. Make your choice when you sign up for the virtual race. All virtual racers automatically are entered into a gift giveaway, details of giveaway to be announced once the list of gifts is finalized.

acadia virtual races

Show your love for Friends of Acadia or Millinocket Memorial Library, or show your pride in having run or hike with Robin Emery, the Maine Running Hall of Famer who also goes by the virtual race name @Fossil, when you order one of these special medals.

lobster medal

One of 3 classic medals ($10 each) featuring raised profiles of Katahdin and the Bubbles.

virtual race

Anyone know “Where in Bar Harbor?” this neon moose can be found? One of 3 classic virtual race medals. Start earning one now.

virtual races with medals

You can earn a multiple moose medal now.



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