Cadillac North Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,086' 331 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 1,493' 455 m
Low: 407' 124 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“One of the best routes to the top of Cadillac Mountain, offering terrific views of Bar Harbor.”— James Kaiser
From the trailhead follow the blue blazes and rock cairns that mark the trail. Views of Bar Harbor will soon open up to the northeast. The higher you climb, the better the views become. You'll soon be treated to fantastic views of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands. In places the trail runs alongside the Park Loop Road, and you'll likely hear the sounds of passing cars. Thankfully, the final push to the summit is located away from the road, giving you plenty of peace and quiet - until you reach the summit, where you'll be greeted by a large parking area filled with tourists. Not to worry. By this point you'll have so many endorphins flowing through your brain that the crowds will hardly matter. To celebrate your achievement, take a quick stroll around the Cadillac Summit Loop.
Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Acadia, check out his Guide to Acadia National Park.
Land Manager: NPS - Acadia National Park