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Cadillac West Face Trail

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Length


0.8 Miles 1.3 Kilometers


1,050' 320 m

Ascent

-5' -1 m

Descent

25%

Avg Grade (14°)

72%

Max Grade (36°)

1,377' 420 m

High

332' 101 m

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Shared By James Kaiser

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The shortest route to the top of Cadillac Mountain.

James Kaiser

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Features Lake · Views

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The Cadillac West Face Trail is the shortest route to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain in Acadia. There are some great views along the trail, however the views are better on the more popular routes to the summit: the Cadillac North Ridge Trail and the Cadillac South Ridge Trail.

But if your goal is simply to reach Cadillac's summit as quickly as possible - or get a great workout -this is the trail you'll want. The trailhead is located at the northern tip of Bubble Pond. The trail heads through the forest and climbs steep granite ledges.

Keep your eyes out for the blue blazes that mark the trail. As you climb higher and higher, dramatic views of Bubble Pond and Eagle Lake open up below. The West Face Trail ultimately connects to the Cadillac South Ridge Trail, which you can then follow a short ways to the summit.

Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. If youre interested in learning more details about great day hikes, weather, camping / lodging, and geology, check out his book: .

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Oct 16, 2018
Ethan Miller
Extremely treacherous to descend, especially after a big rainstorm. I was constantly holding onto trees for stability and scotting on my rear. 0.8mi — 3h 00m
Aug 31, 2018
Eugene K
Part of a through hike from the ladder trail up Dorr mountain then Cadillac and down to Bubble Pond
Aug 25, 2017
Andrea Jorissen
Jul 29, 2017
Shan Guevara
Trail Markings are quite faded
Jul 22, 2017
Mark Eberhardt
Family hike with dog on vacation 4.5mi
Jul 3, 2017
Yu Liu
Went down west face trail. Some areas slippery due to wet rock. Would not recommend going down this route. Would definitely go up this route though. 1.1mi
Sep 30, 2012
Stella Winston
That was the way back. Slippery, exhilarating, at times life threatening and completed on the butt.

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  3.9 from 7 votes

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