If you continue north on this trail, you'll reach the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Was a great hike until the summit. 12/29/30...32 degrees at our 8:45 start, with serious wind. Because Cadillac Mountain is the highest point close to the Eastern shore in the U.S., the summit is also home to “the first sunrise in the U.S.” Park Loop Road Starting at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center on Park Loop Road, head about about 3.5 miles south to reach the trailhead for the North Ridge Trail. Something else? — Keep an eye out for the small wooden sign that reads "North Ridge Trail, Cadillac Mountain". • Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Today was extremely windy, and the exposed rock portion of SRT was a bit tricky and at times the wind threw me off balance, but I am also petit. We parked at the top of Cadillac mountain and walked down. Like the Cadillac North Ridge Trail, it offers spectacular ocean views.But unlike the Cadillac North Ridge Trail, it never skirts the Park Loop Road, so you'll never have to listen to cars whizzing past. Most visitors drive to the summit, then get out and circumnavigate the peak on a short .3-mile hiking loop. 403.62 m Up Cadillac Mountain’s winding 3.5-mile road is closed from December 1 through April 14. Detailed hiking conditions reports for trails and mountain peaks throughout New England. 139.72 m Up It is the highest peak in Acadia National Park, and the highest point on the east coast of the United States. Lots of great ridge walking and ever changing scenery. There was still one spot where it was tough with the dogs, but just go slow and it's very doable. Seasons: Spring through fall. — Trail Type: Out and back ; Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail Hike though forest and stop at the Featherbed, a small glacial pond, for a peaceful snack before joining the crowds on the summit. 04609 Fun, challenging and scenic. we hoped to make this a sunrise hike, but it was just too hazy and rainy. 457' Down 215.31 m Down, 6.1 mi 299' Up GO. 1,142' Down • - See 3,452 traveler reviews, 2,427 candid photos, and great deals for Acadia National Park, ME, at Tripadvisor. Posted by George Soules on Feb 8, 2014 in Hike. 348.15 m Up Steep boulders on the way down but really fun. Want to be a registered member? It is the highest peak in Acadia National Park, and the highest point on the east coast of the United States. As others said, not really worth going to the top because the views are better before summit. The average individuals will take around 2.5 hours to hike to the summit. Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail, Acadia National Park The trailhead is located on Route 3, only 100 feet (30 meters) south of the entrance to the Blackwood Campground. We’re novice hikers but decently fit and were up for the challenge of this hike. The second to last leg (going around the loop, before heading back down) was the hardest part, but gorgeous views! The wind on the exposed top 2/3 of the trail was constant and very strong but the terrain is great, smooth undulating granite with steady incline. GO. Phone: (207) 288-3338 1,142' Up Of all the hiking trails on Cadillac Mountain, the 3.5-mile South Ridge Trail is the longest and gentlest, gradually climbing the mountain’s long, south ridge, which is … Not marked but there’s really only one way to go and it’s quite obvious. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. Photo by Ashley L. Conti, Friends of Acadia, NPS. 702' Up The trail briefly descends to a small pond called The Featherbed, where there is a wooden bench for taking a break and enjoying the pond. The South Ridge Trail is a gradual climb, but it has the advantage of not coming close to the Cadillac Summit Road until the end. Did as part of Acadia/New England/Maine/NB trip, during stop at Acadia (after dropping Jiaxin at bus station) August-September 2018. NewEnglandTrailConditions.com: MA ... Cadillac Mountain , ME: Trails: Cadillac south ridge trail : Date of Hike: Friday, January 1, 2021: Parking/Access Road Notes: Along side road on rt. Another right takes you to the hike back up Canon Brook. There is a $10 car fee to enter the park. Enjoyed the longer distance of this one. Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust : Recommended Equipment: At 1,530 feet Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard of the United States. This was my favorite trail in Acadia. Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, at 1,530 feet (466 meters), is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and the first place to view sunrise in the United States from October 7 through March 6. If you are in average condition this is a moderate hike. Cadillac Mountain is the highest peak on the Atlantic coast (for the US at least) and it's also the first major sunrise that touches the continental US. 1,324' Up • Back to the Jeep by 12:45. 5.5 km Zoo of people on top...lol. This 4.4-mile with 1,118-foot elevation gain is fairly easy to follow with proper lighting (a good headlamp is a must for any sunrise hike!) — You should count on 4-6 hours to complete it, depending on your fitness level and the amount of time you spend enjoying the views. — Check Out My Book!!! The trailhead is located on the one-way section of the Park Loop Road , about 3 1/2 miles south of the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. 8 miles took us 4:20 which included a trail side lunch break. — Access: Roadside trailhead along the Park Loop Road (.2 miles after the start of the one-way section) Time Required: 1.5-3 hours (one way) Length: 2.2 miles (one way) Elevation Change: 1150-foot steady ascent to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Incredible views. Continue for 0.1 miles to complete the Cadillac North Ridge Trail. The Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail is the shorter of the two and is one of the most popular hikes in Acadia National Park. Hikers should allow at least two hours—perhaps more—to make the trip one-way. Only one difficult down spot with only one wrung on whole trail. Great longer loop, we started at 9:30am heading up the South Ridge trail all the way to the summit of Cadillac. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from May until October. Overall this took us 6 hours of moving time. Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard of the United States. P.O. 10/10 would hike again. How Long Does It Take To Hike Up Cadillac Mountain? Go for it. The trailhead is located in the Blackwoods Campground. I would say you could even swim in the swimming hole at the bottom of the waterfall! There’s great views 1.5 miles down, comparable to the summit. 1350-foot steady ascent to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Credit: Tim Peck Sunrise Bonus Points . Acadia National Park it's about the journey not the destination...Enjoy! • While it’s commonly assumed that Cadillac Mountain’s summit is the first place to see the sunrise on the East Coast, it’s only true for part of … The Cadillac North Ridge trailhead is located along the Park Loop Road, 1/3 of a mile past the Y-intersection where the Park Loop Road becomes one-way. Also, as others mentioned the summit is not worth the time (too busy) and better views before that point anyway. 8.55 m Down, 4.9 mi I recommend using poles(50+ Hiker). Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail Loop is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Hustled down the road a bit and picked up the south ridge trail there to avoid the ice on the rebound. Cadillac Mountain , ME: Trails: Cadillac South Ridge Trail : Date of Hike: Sunday, December 27, 2020: Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked roadside at the ME route 3 trailhead. Gorge Trail/Dorr Connector was easy to find if you reference the maps and get yourself familiar with the shape of the loop ahead of time. Once you’re done, simply return the way you came, and follow the South Ridge Trail back to your car. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from May until October. Had a lot of fun on this one. If you feel like turning around at that point, you’re not missing much at the top! For the South Ridge Trail, park along Route 3, five miles south of Bar Harbor. In all, this tallies up to a 10-mile round-trip trek. Spam? It felt like I was walking through Lothlorien from the Lord of the Rings. Box 177, Follow the blazes across paths and exposed granite while you steadily climb. Hiked this in the dark at about 5:45 am to catch the sunrise at the Crag. Then we took a right on to the A. Murray Young path which was part boulders, part neatly built rocks and very quiet. For the South Ridge Trail, park along Route 3, five miles south of Bar Harbor. This is … Acadia National Park charges a fee to enter. Starting roughly only 180 feet above sea level, the Cadillac South Ridge Trail heads north through pleasant forest scenery, making a gradual yet steady ascent. Canon Brook was steep but with good hiking boots, the friction will keep you grounded. Trail: South Ridge of Cadillac Mountain. • On a clear morning, I would actually recommend doing this instead of going to the top to avoid the crowd. One of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done...360 degree views of the park and ocean near the top, gorgeous fall foliage, a big waterfall (that you hike *up* for a mile or so) and often varying terrain and scenery. The entire hike itself is moderate but can become slick. Both the North Ridge Trail and Gorge Paths are reached prior to the fee gate. 458' Up 56 reviews of Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail "Can't believe this place only has one German review. Like the, Hiked down from the summit in scattered showers. It is one of over 20 mountains on Mount Desert Island, Maine formed by tectonic and volcanic forces millions of years ago. Look for two survey benchmarks established by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1856 and 1954. It is one of the longest trails in Acadia. Cadillac Mountain – North Ridge Trail. Did this trail as an out & back with our two dogs. For many people, the Cadillac South Ridge Trail is the best route to the top of Acadia's tallest mountain. Check Out My Book!!! 29' Up Seasons. The trail ends on the north side of the summit parking lot. 91.11 m Up Took bus back to town from backwoods campground. Cadillac Mountain’s winding 3.5-mile road is closed from December 1 through April 14. 7.4mi, Create Recommended Route or 348.19 m Down, 3.4 mi This is one of the most amazing hikes I have ever done. The South Ridge Trail delivers a kid-friendly, 7-mile round trip hike of Cadillac Mountain in Maine's Acadia National Park. 8mi. The trail is wet and slippery rocks / roots but well worth the hike. Amazing hike, cut it off before it got cray and saw the sun rise! Right next to it will be a few stone steps that start the trail up the mountain. Part of a through hike starting with the Ladder up Dorr mountain then Cadillac and down to Bubble Pond, Raining and windy entire journey South Ridge Trail is pretty simple and a nice way to ease into the more challenging parts of this hike. Dis whole hike in 3 hrs. For anyone looking to do this in wet conditions, definitely be careful. 8.91 m Up The sunrise on Cadillac Mountain is absolutely gorgeous. I marked with a waypoint the spot in my recording where I thought the best view spot was as recommended turnaround point, which would shave about 1.4 miles off the 7 miles total for only in and out. 139.43 m Down, 3.4 mi Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail, Bar Harbor, ME. I headed generally right and just matched my dot to the line on the app and eventually we got on it. There was one iron rung. Fantastic hike from Blackwoods Campground to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. The trailhead is located in the Blackwoods Campground. 2.2K likes. Seasons. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. The rest of the year, Mars Hill Mountain in northern Maine is the first place to see the sunrise. National Park Service Trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 4mi Before reality TV, GPS devices, and dashboard computers, there was a coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. My first solo hike. Difficulty: Strenuous Distance: 2.2 miles, one-way Hiking Time: 2–3 hours, one-way Elevation Change: 1,463 feet. NOT OKAY! Got caught in a thunderstorm and had to sprint all the way down. Most visitors drive to the summit, then get out and circumnavigate the peak on a short .3-mile hiking loop. The average individuals will take around 2.5 hours to hike to the summit. Here's an English one for you: GO. We were essentially alone on the entire hike and had the summit all to ourselves. The trailhead will be on the right side of the road across from the beginning of the parking area. The grade is easy, gaining 325' in the first 3/4 mile. If you continue north on this trail, you'll reach the summit of Cadillac Mountain. • Was very wet and slippery today due to rain last night. Enjoy the views out over the Atlantic from this open summit. The 2.1 mile North Ridge provides a shorter hiking route to the summit of Cadillac, compared to the 3.5 miles one way up the South Ridge. About one mile into the hike you'll join up with the Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail. • Look for 2 survey benchmarks established by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1856 and the 1954 US Geological Survey summit marker. Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain. For many people, the Cadillac South Ridge Trail is the best route to the top of Acadia's tallest mountain. Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and acadia_information@nps.gov. The Cadillac South Ridge Trail meanders along for 3 1/2 delightful miles to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, at 1,528 feet in elevation. This out and back trail is the longer, more scenic option for reaching the summit of Cadillac Mountain. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust : Recommended Equipment: 1h 45m, 8.6mi There is a road to the top, and it may be quite crowded during peak season (it's a popular destination for tourist buses). The entrance to Acadia is well marked, and upon entering the park follow signs for the Park Loop Road (not the Cadillac Mountain Road). The true summit is to the left where the South Ridge Trail opens onto the gravel access road. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. 706' Down Trailhead. The trail ends, of course, on the 1,528-foot summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak in the park, and highest point along the eastern seaboard. Activities. The top was a zoo, full of people and we just cut right through due to wind. The summit road itself is 3.5 miles long, but you’ll need to add another 1.5 miles to that distance to get from the parking area to the start of the summit road. Cadillac mtn nice views. This is about an injury or accident The true summit is to the left where the South Ridge Trail opens onto the gravel access road. It would be my fourth time on the top of Cadillac and the first time it wasn’t in a vehicle. If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. Views were much better anyway about a mile before the summit. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. Bar Harbor, ME. No wind at all and no people! Very Challenging from Blackwoods Campground 90.04 m Down. 5.3 km The trail was very wet today after the rain last night, and pretty slick as a result. Length: 7.4 miles roundtrip. Perfect weather, unparalleled views. There is no parking area as such, but you can just pull over on the side of the road. we started this trail from Blackwoods Campground. Recommend going up north ridge and descent down south ridge. There is a road to the top, and it may be quite crowded during peak season (it's a popular destination for tourist buses). It was straight up the side of a waterfall - calf burner for sure and probably impossible if wet. Cadillac Mountain: Cadillac North Ridge Trail - Great views!!! Land Manager: NPS - Acadia National Park, 9.0 mi It's a beautiful hike in Acadia National Park that gives you great views of both rolling hillsides and the harbor. Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail is the “easiest” trail to the summit and also the longest trail in the national park. There is no road sign for the trailhead. NOTE: Although dogs are allowed on this trail, users have reported that there are some very rocky, steep sections that may be difficult for your dog. About one mile into the hike you'll join up with the Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail. Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail Loop is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Trailhead: Park along Route 3, five miles south … Loved the variety of terrain and topography. At the 3/4 mile point the trail connects with the road to Cadillac Mountain's summit for the first time. 2h 43m. 5.5 km Then we rejoined South Ridge trail and headed back down with a detour over the short Eagle trail. When coming back up the Canon Brook trail, be extremely careful - I hiked it after a few days of rain and it is dangerous in spots when wet. Hiked South Ridge Trail up from Blackwoods Campground to Cadillac Mountain summit. Summit is super busy, gusty, and cold so we didn’t spend much time there. Its views are among the most impressive in the park. 2h 10m, 3.3mi Trail itself was in great condition and only ran into ice the last .2 miles near the summit. 12h 00m, Started from Route 3; up and back took a little over 3 hrs, not including a 1-hr stop at the summit, mileage is out and back 28' Down Seasons: 14.5 km Trailhead: Found along Route 3, 100 feet south of Blackwoods Campground entrance. Definitely pick a sunny day for this hike! • There is only one trail up to the top. Did not do the loop, we hiked the south ridge out and back, total 7.0 miles, plus a side trip to the Eagle Crag on the descent added 0.2. • The trail is well marked and easy to follow. I did it in late September and there was a stretch of trail where you are walking through a beautiful forest of yellow-leaved birch trees and it was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I’m good conditions it’s an easy trail with a gradual incline or decline depending on where you start. and makes a steady ascent to the summit. The J boys. • Frequent hikers can summit via North Ridge Trail, or West Face trail in under an hour and a half. If you’re with a dog it’s best to treat this as an out and back. 1,327' Down Can’t go wrong with this one. A. Murray Trail absolutely stunning and lovely. Being a jerk / offensive? From mid-September to mid-March, Cadillac Mountain is the first place to see the sunrise in the U.S. See the FAQ for instructions. 9.8 km (Others below and the trail description mention the loop portion is very difficult for the dogs.) If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. GO. Longer Trails, like the South Ridge Trail will take just over 3 hours typically. Cadillac Mountain is one of the longest, best hikes in Acadia. Break through tree line onto open granite for the final stretch. Amazing view from the many open balds on the way up to see the sunrise. beautiful views Longer Trails, like the South Ridge Trail will take just over 3 hours typically. If starting from Bar Harbor, follow State ME Route 3 south of town. Wear shoes with good traction as the waterfall segment can be slippery, especially if it’s rained recently. • 3h 57m, Beautiful hike from Blackwoods campground in the park. The 30/40 mph wind gusts hit us hard as we came out above the ‘tree-line’. There is only room for a couple of vehicles at the Gorge Path trail head; the North Ridge Trail has parking for about a dozen vehicles. The west loop is too difficult. Cadillac is the tallest mountain in the Acadia region, and it is one of the first places in the United States to receive light during the sunrise. Views are very nice. Note that the Summit Road also heads up the north ridge of the mountain, and the road is within hearing distance, and in sight of, the trail … Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous depending on your condition. Cadillac Mountain , ME: Trails: Cadillac South Ridge Trail : Date of Hike: Sunday, December 27, 2020: Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked roadside at the ME route 3 trailhead. North little more steep going up but shorter. Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail in Winter. Beautiful views from the top. So unusual and great to see no vehicles in the lot at the top. Starting at 180 feet above sea level, the Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail weaves through picturesque Maine forest Did this as an in and out instead of the loop since we had two dogs. The South Ridge Trail delivers a kid-friendly, 7-mile round trip hike of Cadillac Mountain in Maine's Acadia National Park. Crawling with tourists and big parking lot. You cannot miss this opportunity. The trailhead is located on the right just past Blackwoods Campground which is on the left. 295' Down There was one challenging section close to the top, big step with a rung; we had to pick our smaller dog up and thankfully our larger dog made it alright. Frequent hikers can summit via North Ridge Trail, or West Face trail in under an hour and a half. That part may be difficult for older dogs. How Long Is the South Ridge Trail on Cadillac Mountain? Activities. Cadillac Mountain via South Ridge Trail for sunrise; First time or Unregistered Users. Visitor hiking Cadillac South Ridge Trail after sunrise . From here, hikers can walk .5 miles around Cadillac Summit Loop for sweeping vistas of the east side of the mountain or hike a bit up the Cadillac South Ridge Trail to reach the summit marker. Please explain. The total round-trip hike is 7 miles long, or a 3.5-mile one-way trip. Big boulder descent was a ton of fun and entirely manageable if you take your time. The North Ridge Trail heads south and is blazed blue. 7.8 km I really wanted to tackle a more strenuous hike with Sam and spending the day hiking the ridge-line fit the bill perfectly. Hiking to the top of Cadillac in winter has been on my wish list for some time. Ocean Path: Thunder Hole and Monument Cove, Ocean Path and Gorham Mountain Loop Trail, Beehive, Gorham Mountain and Ocean Path Loop, Beehive, the Bowl, Gorham Mountain, Ocean Drive Loop, Abandoned Triad Pass and Hunters Brook Loop. Start heading up. Of all the hiking trails on Cadillac Mountain, the 3.5-mile South Ridge Trail is the longest and gentlest, gradually climbing the mountain’s long, south ridge, which is … It was hard to find the Cadillac-Dorr connector trail up there as there is no signage. 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