Cadillac South Ridge Trail Access is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is 4.2 miles long and begins at 1,528 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,816 feet. The Cadillac Mountain survey point is near the trailhead. Dike Peak (elevation 1,053 feet) can be seen along the trail. There is also parking along the trail.
Cadillac South Ridge Trail Access Professional Reviews and Guides
"Take 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."
--Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Discover Acadia National Park (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"One of the longest trails in Acadia, this hike provides fine views along Cadillac’s open south ridge, the chance to see raptors soar at Eagles Crag, and a pleasant place to rest on benches along a mountain pond called the Featherbed. First described in an 1870s guidebook, the Cadillac South Ridge Trail has long been an important part of the extensive trail network on Mount Desert Island. Like the Cadillac North Ridge Trail, the South Ridge Trail is a gradual climb, but it has the advantage of not coming close to the Cadillac Mountain Road until near the end. The trail, which can also be picked up via an extension from the Blackwoods Campground, begins by going over a few log bridges and ascending gradually. At 0.9 mile it reaches the junction with the south end of the 0.3-mile Eagles Crag Loop."
--Dolores Kong & Dan Ring, Hiking Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides).
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