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Cadillac North Ridge Trail

 4.7 (18)

Length


2.1 Miles 3.4 Kilometers


1,086' 331 m

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0' 0 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (5°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

1,493' 455 m

High

407' 124 m

Low

Shared By James Kaiser

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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.

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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Sep 4, 2018
Chris McCloud
Did as part of Acadia/New England/Maine/NB trip (after dropping Jiaxin at bus station) August-September 2018.
Aug 28, 2018
Josh Hawkes
Aug 27, 2018
Simon Weston
Hiked from the Cadillac Mountain summit down to the park loop road & then used the island explorer shuttles to get back to Bar Harbor.
Aug 26, 2018
Chi Wang
Up to the summit and down. 4.7mi
Aug 24, 2018
Sara Semmler
Aug 15, 2018
David Onkst
Aug 12, 2018
Nate Straka
Fun Trail
Jul 28, 2018
Lynne McMullen

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  4.7 from 18 votes

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