Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail

Bar Harbor, ME
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Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The true summit is to the left where the South Ridge Trail opens onto the gravel access road. Look for 2 survey benchmarks established by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1856 and the 1954.

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. 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.

If starting from Bar Harbor, follow State ME Route 3 south of town. The trailhead is located on the right just past Blackwoods Campground which is on the left. Parking is along the shoulder of the road. There is no road sign for the trailhead.

Parking is along the shoulder of the road. Facilities at the summit.

National Park Service
Acadia National Park
P.O. Box 177,
Bar Harbor, ME. 04609
Phone: (207) 288-3338
acadia_information@nps.gov

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I went in the fall and the views were incredible. I went back the next morning after the hike and drove to the top to watch the sunrise. Absolutely awesome! I was actually surprised at the amount of people up there at 5 a.m.. Anyway, you will enjoy the hike or the drive to the top for the sunrise.

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We hit this with lost of rain this week and although the views were not there do to all the fog we did see lots of waterfalls and some slick boulders to cross over !

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Nice hike along brook. It can be muddy along with roots but nice easy hike

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great hike, shared it with my brother right before it opened for the season amazing views, quite a hike from bottom to top but well worth it.

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Great trail. Hiked with 12 and 8 yr olds, not a problem. Weather at top did get foggy and slippery.

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Great Hike with Youthgroup

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On our previous day, we hiked the Beehive, Great Head Trail, Wonderland Trail, and Ship's Harbor Trail, so our legs were a little tired for this hike. We got a slightly late start (9am) so we started from Route 3. There are a number of places to wander to the edge of the ridge as you ascend, giving what would be amazing views of the island. I say would be because it was incredibly foggy that day. There is a lake half way up that you can sit by and have a snack. The second half of the climb is exposed granite, so make sure to wear a hat. Another warning, when you fist see the road (almost at the top), you are not at the top yet. A couple of parties that were ahead of us told us that this was the top and that the trail would now start heading down the mountain. While it does head down for a short bit, this is not the end!!

Like other people have said, the top is rather disappointing because you have the huge parking lot filled with non-hikers; however, you can see a long distance in all directions (the fog had cleared by the time we reached the top). We even watched as the sand bar to Bar Island began to disappear.

This was a nice hike, but next time I would like to hike one of the other tall mountains to avoid the crowds.

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The 6 mile hike is a good way to feel you climb the mt. although there is the road that scales up to the summit. The view is great and makes for a great day hike.and we had a truck at the top so we could ride our bikes down the road to the bottom. Great times.

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