Cadillac North Ridge Trail

Bar Harbor, Maine

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The open north ridge of Cadillac Mountain provides expansive views of Frenchman Bay, Bar Harbor, and the Porcupine Islands. In season, naturalists and volunteers help spot migrating raptors at perhaps the prettiest hawk-watching site in North America. Cadillac North Ridge Trail follows old Native American footpaths and nears the route of a former buckboard road up spectacular 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Atlantic coast. Like many of the ridge trails in Acadia, this one traverses exposed granite ledges much of the way, offering grand scenery. Here the views include Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, Schoodic Peninsula, and a series of distinctive rocky islands, beginning with Bar Island and extending into the bay with the Porcupines.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

The open north ridge of Cadillac Mountain provides expansive views of Frenchman Bay, Bar Harbor, and the Porcupine Islands. In season, naturalists and volunteers help spot migrating raptors at perhaps the prettiest hawk-watching site in North America. Cadillac North Ridge Trail follows old Native American footpaths and nears the route of a former buckboard road up spectacular 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Atlantic coast.

Like many of the ridge trails in Acadia, this one traverses exposed granite ledges much of the way, offering grand scenery. Here the views include Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, Schoodic Peninsula, and a series of distinctive rocky islands, beginning with Bar Island and extending into the bay with the Porcupines.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Distance: 4.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Cadillac North Ridge Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/19/2009
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I loved this trail. It was a equal amount of challenge and fun. The view was great. From every elevation on the trail had a memory to be gain. If you go to Cadillac Mt. this is the trail to go on.


9/9/2008
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Great Hike. Great views. Need to be in good shape and have good hiking shoes/boots. Much better than driving up!


8/21/2008
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Good hike for a family with kids as long as they are OK with the distance. I did this in a misting rain and clouds so I didn't get the view but the wild blueberries and rasberries made up for it. Gradual incline in mostly open terrain that went relatively quickly. One of the easier hikes up Cadillac.


8/3/2008
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This is an excellent, ridiculously scenic short day climb up to the summit of Cadillac Mt. Bring your camera, it is absolutely breath taking after about 0.6 miles up where you jump over some boulders. I went in the height of bar harbor tourist season in the middle of the day and I only saw three other parties on the entire trail. Alot of wild blueberries along the way to much on. Many places to just stop and chill and take in the view of ocean. Fairly steep ascent at 1.2mi to the summit but very clear, very little brush mostly just rock. Kid and pet friendly trail, no ladders etc. Alot of tourists that drive up at the top. Around 1500', est 2.5 - 4hrs w/ return.


8/12/2005
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We hiked this trail for the sunrise (first spot in the US to see the sun) and it was beautiful! The TH parking is on the Park Loop road, take the turn towards Sand Beach. We only encountered 2 other hikers but then again we started the hike at 4am. Before reaching the summit and the masses of people that choose to drive up are plenty of good spots to stop, pull out a blanket and some breakfast as the sky turns from black, to orange, to red to a concentrated fireball rising over the water. Bring a headlamp...it's so worth it, scenic views start about a mile in and last the rest of the way up. Coming down is just as beautiful and full of new vistas that were hidden in the dark before.



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