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Cadillac Mountain

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Highest Point in Acadia. Great Views. Changing terrain and ecosystem.
Near:Bar Harbor, ME
Distance:7.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2300 ft
Hike Time:4.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: Climb the south ridge trail in the north direction. As the name suggests, you will be walking over the edge of the ridge, enjoying great views to both sides.
You will stop along the way in front of a beautiful pond, witch could become a great snack/lunch spot if you want to avoid the hoards on the top of Cadillac. Otherwise, continue, and you will soon arrive at the summit, with great views (too bad cars can also climb).
Climb down towards Door Mt, but upon reaching the Murray Young Trail, you may want to head right (south). Door may be better left for another day.
Then climb east the Cannon Brook trail, where you find an interesting brook in the middle of the trail. Upon reaching the south ridge trail again, climb down south towards your car or campground.

Trailhead: Rt 95 to Bangor, then Rt 3 to Acadia. Parking is on Seal Harbor, just north of the Blackwoods Campground. You can't miss it (way too many signs). If you are in the Campground already, then just climb the South Ridge trail up (wich terminates on the campground). (Lat:44.31346 Lon:-68.21351)
Trail Guides for Cadillac Mountain:
Acadia - The Soul of a National Park
by Steve Perrin (North Atlantic Books)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Acadia National Park Visitor Information (207) 288-3338
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jose Anes, who has posted  25 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Stan on 7/8/2011
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Reviewed by D500 on 9/2/2008
I started from Blackwoods campground and went all the way to the peak. One way is 4.5 miles. You can shave 0.5 miles by parking on Route 3 (look for the stone steps) although I would recommend the 0.5 miles for the rainforest scenery. The trail goes through three vegetative zones: wooded forests from Route 3 to past Eagle's Craig, then brush and granite until past the Jordan Pond/Door Mountain fork, and then bare granite. The trail was awesome until past the last ridge when you can the road taking cars to the peak. This is the best place to head back as there is no payoff to going to the top. It's literally a sprawling parking lot with sprawling tourists, an unfortunate break from the meditative and serene nature of the previous 4 miles.

Reviewed by Lloyds Journey on 6/23/2007
This is kind of like a tiny version of Mt. Washington in the sense that when you get to the top there are so many non-hikers. Some like that and others do not. It is a nice hike though and you get great views on the way up and at the top. Highest point on the Atlantic Coast. check out pictures here:

Reviewed by Viewer on 1/30/2006
Relatively simple hike. Very nice view when you get to the top as you have a great 360 of the area. But it's a tourist hub, so it draws an abundance of people in the summer months. For a real challange at Acadia, try Pricipe, a vertical hike up a cliff with rewarding views the entire way.

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