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Trail

0.3 mile 0.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 47' 14 m
Descent: -45' -14 m
High: 1,506' 459 m
Low: 1,458' 445 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by James Kaiser

A loop trail leading to stunning views from the top of Cadillac Mountain.

James Kaiser

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

Family Friendly An easy trail with spectacular views.

Description

The Cadillac Summit Loop is an easy, paved path that wraps around the summit of Cadillac Mountainthe tallest mountain in Acadia National Park. The loop provides nearly 360-degree views of Downeast Maine.

From the northern part of the parking area follow the trail clockwise around the summit. (Be sure to stay on the paved path to protect the fragile plants that grow here.) To the northeast you'll see Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island's biggest town. The Porcupine Islands lie just offshore in Frenchman Bay.

Keep wrapping around the summit, and you'll see the tip of Schoodic Peninsula directly to the east. A bit further down the trail, the Cranberry Isles, which lie directly south of Mount Desert Island, come into view. Southwest of the Cranberry Isles are Swan's Island, Frenchboro, and Isle au Haut.

Be sure to check out the elevated lookout area, which has some interesting informational plaques, before looping back to the parking area. If you're hungry or thirsty, head to the small gift shop near the entrance to the parking area. Bathrooms and water fountains are also located there.

Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Acadia, check out his .

Flora & Fauna

Fragile alpine plants grow alongside the trail.

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Nov 4, 2018
Andy Messmer
Oct 10, 2018
Davide Forin
Sep 20, 2018
Ivonne NaPett
1mi
Sep 4, 2018
Chris McCloud
Did as part of Acadia/New England/Maine/NB trip (after dropping Jiaxin at bus station) August-September 2018.
Sep 1, 2018
Christopher Winer
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 11, 2018
Jillian Rose
Jul 28, 2018
Lynne McMullen

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