Cadillac Mountain Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine

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A relatively long hike over open ledges to the summit of Mount Desert Island’s highest mountain. There are great views during most of this hike. Although this hike is not a loop, the south ridge of Cadillac Mountain, with its open forest of pitch and jack pine, is worth experiencing twice in the same day. This hike starts on Maine Route 3 near the entrance to Blackwoods Campground and makes a moderate, enjoyable climb to Cadillac’s busy summit over a leisurely 3.5 miles. While the summit may not be the wildest spot in the park, with its gift shop and parking lot full of tourists, the south ridge of Cadillac is relatively quiet and full of excellent views.
Discover Maine

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Discover Maine

by Ty Wivell (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A relatively long hike over open ledges to the summit of Mount Desert Island’s highest mountain. There are great views during most of this hike. Although this hike is not a loop, the south ridge of Cadillac Mountain, with its open forest of pitch and jack pine, is worth experiencing twice in the same day.

This hike starts on Maine Route 3 near the entrance to Blackwoods Campground and makes a moderate, enjoyable climb to Cadillac’s busy summit over a leisurely 3.5 miles. While the summit may not be the wildest spot in the park, with its gift shop and parking lot full of tourists, the south ridge of Cadillac is relatively quiet and full of excellent views.

©  Ty Wivell/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Acadia National Park
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Seal Harbor Quad, USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity
Driving Directions: Directions to Cadillac Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/28/2010
0

Great hike, but because the bus also brings people up, it's pretty crowded at the top. It's also the most popular hike, which makes the trails pretty crowded as well. We found the other mountains much better in that regard. Having said t hat, there's some great viewpoints, specifically would recommend the Eagles Crag detour.


4/15/2008
1

Definitely my favorite trail in Acadia. The views are "inspiring".


8/10/2005
0

Got engaged at a sunrise here, Acadia is very beautiful and Bar Harbor is a cool little town if you can get around all the people. Drink Bar Harbor Brewings Thunder Hole Brown Ale!!



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