Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail

#3 of 126 trails in Acadia National Park

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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.

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Lynn Wright (111)

6 Completed5 Reviews

A really nice way to see the top of Cadilac Mtn without seeing the crowds. The trail was having some maintenance work done on the lower section last summer so there were a few spots it was muddy but the views once you come out of the woods are spectacular!

Ryan Kulina (947)

39 Completed29 Reviews

clay tracy (1136)

102 Completed8 Reviews

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.

Saptrik B (3211)

50 Completed22 Reviews

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 !

Jerry T (5154)

126 Completed120 Reviews

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

Robert Corsello (187)

19 Completed3 Reviews

Scott Morgan (183)

10 Completed2 Reviews

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.

Lisa Y. (231)

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

Nathanael Morin (537)

12 Completed12 Reviews

Great Hike with Youthgroup

David Bridges (335)

10 Completed9 Reviews

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.