“One of the best routes to the top of Cadillac Mountain, offering terrific views of Bar Harbor.”
— James Kaiser
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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 Guide to Acadia National Park