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Cadillac North Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (52)

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


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Point to Point

1,493' 455 m

High

407' 124 m

Low

1,086' 331 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (5°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

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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.

Description

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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  4.7 from 52 votes

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#3

in Maine

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Photos

Sunrise on Cadillac.
Apr 7, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
View of Bar Harbor and Porcupine Islands from Cadillac Mountain.
Mar 23, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain.
Mar 29, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Stone staircase, ascending
Oct 8, 2019 near Bar Harbor, ME
Descending the North Ridge Trail.
Jul 29, 2019 near Bar Harbor, ME

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Aug 31, 2021
Taylor Pruett
Aug 28, 2021
Kevin Maher
Aug 19, 2021
Brett Sears
Aug 17, 2021
Shannon Simpson
Important note!! Unless you have someone meeting you at the top, it is another steep 2.1 miles back! Round trip is 4.2 & about 2.5 hours. — 1h 15m
Aug 15, 2021
David Mangano
Start 3:30am finish 5:30 am
Jul 28, 2021
Jason Collins
Jul 21, 2021
Timothy Reamer
Jul 1, 2021
WK Lin
2.2mi — 1h 30m