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.
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."
--Greg Westrich, Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Jeffrey Romano, 100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Dolores Kong & Dan Ring, Hiking Acadia National Park (Falcon Guides).
"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, Discover Maine (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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