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Cadillac North Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

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

Grade

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

Features Fall Colors · Views

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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Check-Ins

Oct 9, 2019
Emily Sun
Gorge trail-Cadillac North trail — 3h 40m
Oct 6, 2019
JOHN PERRY
dawn on the open ledges 7.9mi
Sep 18, 2019
Emily White
1h 28m
Sep 5, 2019
H Stickney
Sep 3, 2019
Jon Bolwerk
Aug 24, 2019
Carley Ruemmele
With Kinsey :)
Aug 16, 2019
Abby Lewis
Hiked up the north ridge shortly after sunrise. Gorgeous views of the harbor and lots of blueberries along the way. Many stairs. Snake! 2mi
Jul 26, 2019
Joanna W
Out and back sunrise hike. Started 3AM.

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 35 votes

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#33

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#3

in Maine

#33

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4,744 Since Sep 1, 2015
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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
Descending the North Ridge Trail.
Jul 29, 2019 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

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