by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)
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Dorr was unique. The east face trail overlooking frenchman's bay is padded by heavy flat stone steps nearly the whole way up; a tribute to the efforts of trail makers from days long ago. The descent on the north ridge trail was difficult with loose stones, thick piles of leaves left over from last autumn and slippery areas of water trickling over smooth rocks. Amazing views of frenchman's bay on the descent. Dorr summit looked onto Cadillac mountain revealing a peak littered with people along the ridge; tourists no doubt who drove to the top.
This circuit consisted of Sieur de Monts, Dorr Mountain, Cadillac Mountain, South Ridge and Canon Brooke. Parking in the Sieur de Monts lot we started off up Dorr Mountain along chiseled steps. These steps offer a good artistic photo, giving the viewer the question of “what’s around the next corner?” Our hike was made even more mystical by the rolling fog, with rain showers and blowing wind. Not exactly a nor’easter but close enough.
Reaching the top of Dorr Mountain, we followed the rock cairns across a rocky landscape, a bush rising here and there to break the barren scene. The fog and rain lifted for 15 minutes as we surveyed the view of the islands in the ocean and of a ferry heading for Canada. We also got a glimpse of the Ravine trail between Dorr and Cadillac Mountains whose sheer cliff sides looked most interesting viewed from above.
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