Cadillac West Face Trail

Bar Harbor, Maine

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4 Reviews
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This rugged climb, once known as the Steep Trail, can be treacherous, especially when wet, because it doesn’t have the man-made handholds and footholds that distinguish other Acadia cliff side routes. It’s the shortest but steepest route up Cadillac and begins by rising swiftly from Bubble Pond. The loop described here provides a gentler descent, down Cadillac’s south ridge, to a little-used part of the Canon Brook Trail and back to Bubble Pond on a carriage road.
Hiking Acadia National Park

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Hiking Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

This rugged climb, once known as the Steep Trail, can be treacherous, especially when wet, because it doesn’t have the man-made handholds and footholds that distinguish other Acadia cliff side routes. It’s the shortest but steepest route up Cadillac and begins by rising swiftly from Bubble Pond.

The loop described here provides a gentler descent, down Cadillac’s south ridge, to a little-used part of the Canon Brook Trail and back to Bubble Pond on a carriage road.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 5 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 West Face Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/1/2017
0

My boyfriend's brother took us on this trail. We did not know what we were in for. He also had his Great Pareneese Dog and his daughter who was in her 30's. I am 62 years old and OMG! I was on my hands and knees on part of the trail! It was the scariest hike I ever done. It had rain the night before and with my sneakers on it was so slippery. I will never do it again


8/2/2008
0

One of my favorites. Don't take little kids or anyone who might sketch on dicey terrain. Some spots would rate low-end class 5.X climbing. Other spots are exposed enough, that in the event of a fall, might be fatal. I did it solo and my family drove the Cadillac Road and met me on top. If you like physical challenges, do this trail and leave the kids at home.


8/11/2005
0

Not really a hike but a climb....on all fours half of the time....not very scenic due to the large trees around you.


9/5/2003
0

For the above average hiker/climber who's not afraid to take a little risk. Steep incline on rock face has you using hands on a constant basis as you climb (not hike) up the mountain. Be careful of water coming off the mountain as rock becomes extremely slippery as I lost footing once that I did not care to repeat.



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