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Gorge Path

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Length


2.0 Miles 3.3 Kilometers


1,275' 389 m

Ascent

-3' -1 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

59%

Max Grade (31°)

1,475' 450 m

High

203' 62 m

Low

Shared By Andrew Averna

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Unknown

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A worthy challenge on the descent or ascent.

Andrew Averna

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · River/Creek · Spring · Views

Bring good shoes. Typical tennis shoes probably won't cut it with the amount of rocks and the slippery nature of the trail.

Description

While it does start from the junction with the Kebo Brook Trail, most people start from the Gorge Path Parking Area on the Park Loop Road. From here, you'll descend off the road down stone stairs next to a huge stone arch that bridges the road.

A 0.5-mile easy trek through the woods will warm you up before the path starts uphill in earnest following the gorge between Cadillac and Dorr Mountains. The path is steep, more like hiking up a river of rock (you won't see much dirt on this entire hike), with stone stairs and a small stream you'll be following. The trees provide nice cover, so even on a warm day, you won't have much sun exposure.

Once you reach the junction of the Gorge Path, Schiff Path, and A. Murray Young Path trails, hook a right and start climbing! It's all up steep rock faces to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, but you'll be rewarded with beautiful views of the gorge you just completed and Dorr Mountain across the way to the east. If you look carefully, you can see the sign post denoting the summit of Dorr Mountain and sometimes other hikers descending into the gorge down the Schiff Path.

When you summit Cadillac, save some breath for a haughty sniff at those who drove up (just kidding). In all serious, take time to enjoy your summit reward and revel in this classic Acadia view!

Flora & Fauna

You'll encounter several evergreens and ferns on the forest floor and high-canopy trees that keep the air cool.

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Aug 31, 2018
Eugene K
Part of a through hike starting with the Ladder up Dorr mountain then Cadillac and down to Bubble Pond
Aug 15, 2018
David Onkst
Jul 30, 2018
Becky Neece
Great rocks and fun-easy climbing
Jul 28, 2018
Lynne McMullen
Jul 28, 2018
Diana A
Jun 20, 2018
Gavin Kerr
Jun 20, 2018
M Ranft
We completed the trail. It’s level of difficulty was greater than we were led to believe. Very proud that we stuck it out.
Jun 19, 2018
Ike Means

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 12 votes

#2

in Bar Harbor

#337

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in Bar Harbor

#9

in Maine

#337

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