Dorr Mountain South Ridge Trail

Acadia National Park, Maine

Elevation Gain1,039ft
Trailhead Elevation223ft
Elevation Min/Max223/1259ft
Elevation Start/End223/223ft

Dorr Mountain South Ridge Trail

Dorr Mountain South Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Hancock County, Maine. It is within Acadia National Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 223 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,039 feet. The trail ends near Dorr Mountain (elevation 1,237 feet). This trail connects with the following: Canon Brook Trail and Dorr Mountain North Ridge Trail.

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"This loop leads to the highest point on America’s east coast and the most comprehensive view of Acadia National Park. Before scaling Cadillac Mountain, the journey includes a scenic climb up and over the bald summit of Dorr Mountain and a short scramble through a narrow notch that picturesquely frames the distant ocean.

The return trek winds down a flat, open ridge, passes a long a series of cascades and flumes, and concludes near the edge of a wetland teeming with wildlife. The hike, 6.5 miles in length, has significant elevation change and a couple of rugged sections to ensure that you earn all of the many rewards along the way."

"Dorr Mountain is just to the east of Cadillac Mountain. The hike follows several historic trails up and across the mountain’s east face. The Emery Path is a steep climb almost entirely on stone steps and granite bedrock with fine views to the east and north.

The Schiff Path passes through a stunted oak-pine forest full of blueberries before turning west and climbing the mountain across a series of granite slabs. Across the summit the hike descends steeply into the notch between Dorr and Cadillac Mountains. In the notch you pick up the Gorge Path and descend down a mostly dry streambed past high cliffs and waterfalls. There are shorter ways to climb and descend Dorr Mountain, but this loop captures many of the mountain’s most dramatic features and views."

"See spectacular views, a narrow gorge, and quiet forests on this difficult hike."

"The short climb up and views atop the 470-foot Kebo Mountain at the start of the Dorr Mountain North Ridge Trail are just a preview of the hike and vistas to come.

The trail begins with a series of seven small stone steps, then climbs steeply up rocky knobs and more stone steps, providing views beginning at 0.1 mile, all the way to Kebo at 0.3 mile. To the northeast are Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands, with Cadillac Mountain’s north ridge to the west and Dorr Mountain, where the trail is heading, to the south."

"Variety abounds on this circuit: Go up Dorr via iron ladders and rungs, come down the mountain’s open south ridge, and circle around via a relatively easy section of the Canon Brook Trail that may have been part of a pre–Revolutionary War route. This is one of a couple dozen hikes featured in the park service handout “Paths into the Past: Acadia’s Historic Trails.”

This challenging circuit offers nontechnical climbing up iron ladders and rungs, panoramic views from Dorr’s open south ridge, and an opportunity to walk along historic routes, part of which may have been a Native American carry trail to Otter Creek. Beginning at the Ladder Trail, one of the most challenging ways up Dorr Mountain with its alternating iron ladders, rungs, and hundreds of stone steps, you immediately rise above the gorge between Dorr and Champlain Mountains, getting views of the Porcupine Islands to the northeast."

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Aug 2018