Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park Hiking

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Cadillac Mountain

A few hiking trails wind their way around Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.

Cadillac Summit Loop Trail 
Drive to the top of Acadia’s tallest mountain, then walk this easy yet scenic trail around the summit for views of Frenchman Bay. Trailhead: Drive up Cadillac Mountain Road and park at the Cadillac Summit Parking Lot.

  • Distance: .4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: Level
  • Difficulty: Very easy
  • Trail Type: Loop

Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail 
Hike along granite ledges and out of the trees on an open ascent with beautiful views of Frenchman Bay. Trailhead: North Ridge Trail Parking Area on the Park Loop Road.

  • Distance: 4.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,130 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • 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. Break through tree line onto open granite for the final stretch. Trailhead: Park along Route 3, five miles south of Bar Harbor. The trailhead is located in the Blackwoods Campground.

  • Distance: 7.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,530 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Trail Type: Out and back