Cadillac Summit Loop

Acadia National Park, Maine

Distance0.6mi
Elevation Gain1ft
Trailhead Elevation1,508ft
Top1,510ft
Elevation Min/Max1508/1510ft
Elevation Start/End1508/1508ft

Cadillac Summit Loop

Cadillac Summit Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,508 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of one foot. Cadillac Mountain (elevation 1,512 feet) and the Cadillac Mountain survey point are near the trailhead. There are also parkings and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Cadillac-Dorr Connector.

Cadillac Summit Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"Cadillac Mountain is the highest on Mount Desert Island. This hike climbs the South Ridge past several waterfalls. The summit of Cadillac Mountain can be reached by car, so expect crowds in the summer. This route avoids the crowded trails and takes in a lot of the mountain’s highights."

"The highest point on America’s Atlantic coastline, Cadillac Mountain is a must-visit destination. While there are many options to consider, this one combines the best of what the mountain offers, including: a long, exposed scenic ridgeline; a deep, glacier-carved gorge; small cascades; and an occasional scramble up Acadia National Park’s famous granite slopes. While not easy, together these features can be enjoyed along a 5-mile loop appropriate for healthy hikers of all ages."

"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."

"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."

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8/19/2009
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.
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9/9/2008
Great Hike. Great views. Need to be in good shape and have good hiking shoes/boots. Much better than driving up!
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8/21/2008
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.
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8/2/2008
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.
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8/11/2005
Not really a hike but a climb....on all fours half of the time....not very scenic due to the large trees around you.
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8/10/2005
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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Trail Information

Acadia National Park
Nearby City
Acadia National Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
Acadia National Park (nps.gov/acad; 207-288-3338)
Local Contacts
USGS Southwest Harbor; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 16 (DeLorme); AMC Acadia National Park Discovery Map; AMC Maine Mountain Guide, Map 5: Eastern Mount Desert Island
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