Ladder Trail

Bar Harbor, Maine

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Alternating between iron ladders and stone steps, the Ladder Trail is one of the most challenging ways up Dorr Mountain, via the precipitous east face. From the gorge between Dorr and Champlain mountains, just south of the Tarn, the Ladder Trail immediately rises to the west up stone steps and switchbacks. You soon get views of the Porcupine Islands to the northeast. The trail takes you by a huge granite slab, and then through a cavelike crevice with low-hanging juniper. Soon, you’ll reach the first iron ladder, a creaky but secure 10-step structure with four handrails to help you up. Then there’s a 5-step ladder with two handrails bolted into the rock face. The trail next takes you among cavelike boulders, some with strange, triangular rock overhangs. One such overhang looks like a giant fish head.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

Alternating between iron ladders and stone steps, the Ladder Trail is one of the most challenging ways up Dorr Mountain, via the precipitous east face. From the gorge between Dorr and Champlain mountains, just south of the Tarn, the Ladder Trail immediately rises to the west up stone steps and switchbacks. You soon get views of the Porcupine Islands to the northeast.

The trail takes you by a huge granite slab, and then through a cavelike crevice with low-hanging juniper. Soon, you’ll reach the first iron ladder, a creaky but secure 10-step structure with four handrails to help you up. Then there’s a 5-step ladder with two handrails bolted into the rock face. The trail next takes you among cavelike boulders, some with strange, triangular rock overhangs. One such overhang looks like a giant fish head.

© 2016 Dolores Kong & Dan Ring/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Distance: 1.8
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Late April thru mid-November, weather depending
Trailhead Elevation: 50 feet
Top Elevation: 1,250 feet
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Ladder Trail

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