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blueBlack Cadillac North Ridge Trail


2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,086' 331 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 1,493' 455 m
Low: 407' 124 m


Avg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)


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Trail shared by James Kaiser

One of the best routes to the top of Cadillac Mountain, offering terrific views of Bar Harbor.

James Kaiser

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Family Friendly While the route is a bit ambitious, the short distance makes this strenuous route great for older kids, and provides a great sense of accomplishment at the top.


This is one of the most rewarding routes to the top of Cadillac Mountain, which at 1,528 feet is the tallest mountain in Acadia. The trailhead is located directly across from a small parking area on the left-hand side of the Park Loop Road.

From the trailhead follow the blue blazes and rock cairns that mark the trail. Views of Bar Harbor will soon open up to the northeast. The higher you climb, the better the views become. You'll soon be treated to fantastic views of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands. In places the trail runs alongside the Park Loop Road, and you'll likely hear the sounds of passing cars. Thankfully, the final push to the summit is located away from the road, giving you plenty of peace and quiet - until you reach the summit, where you'll be greeted by a large parking area filled with tourists. Not to worry. By this point you'll have so many endorphins flowing through your brain that the crowds will hardly matter. To celebrate your achievement, take a quick stroll around the Cadillac Summit Loop.

Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Acadia, check out his .

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Jul 14, 2019
Cameron Breither
1h 38m
Jul 6, 2019
Venu L
2.1mi — 2h 00m
Jul 1, 2019
Matthew Sullivan
Jun 28, 2019
Jack Fox
Fun hike, not very difficult but has a lot of cool views along the way. 2.1mi — 10h 06m
Jun 27, 2019
Terra Gatti
Foggy, rocky & lovely — 8h 47m
Jun 7, 2019
Lester Burris
Sunrise power hike/run
May 24, 2019
James Marion
Sep 4, 2018
Chris McCloud
Did as part of Acadia/New England/Maine/NB trip (after dropping Jiaxin at bus station) August-September 2018.

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