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Gorge Path

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2.0 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
72% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,275' 389 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 1,475' 450 m
Low: 203' 62 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 59% (31°)

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Features Cave · River/Creek · Spring · Views

Bring good shoes. Typical tennis shoes probably won't cut it with the amount of rocks and the slippery nature of the trail.

Description

While it does start from the junction with the Kebo Brook Trail, most people start from the Gorge Path Parking Area on the Park Loop Road. From here, you'll descend off the road down stone stairs next to a huge stone arch that bridges the road.

A 0.5-mile easy trek through the woods will warm you up before the path starts uphill in earnest following the gorge between Cadillac and Dorr Mountains. The path is steep, more like running up a river of rock (you won't see much dirt on this entire run), with stone stairs and a small stream you'll be following. The trees provide nice cover, so even on a warm day, you won't have much sun exposure.

Once you reach the junction of the Gorge Path, Schiff Path, and A. Murray Young Path trails, hook a right and start climbing! It's all up steep rock faces to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, but you'll be rewarded with beautiful views of the gorge you just completed and Dorr Mountain across the way to the east. If you look carefully, you can see the sign post denoting the summit of Dorr Mountain and sometimes other runners descending into the gorge down the Schiff Path.

When you summit Cadillac, save some breath for a haughty sniff at those who drove up (just kidding). In all serious, take time to enjoy your summit reward and revel in this classic Acadia view!

Flora & Fauna

You'll encounter several evergreens and ferns on the forest floor and high-canopy trees that keep the air cool.

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Typical section of the Gorge Trail
Oct 8, 2017 near Bar Harbor, ME
Gorge Path.
May 21, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
View to the East ascending Cadillac's eastern face (cruise ships at Bar Harbor in the distance and Dorr Mountain is in the center).
Oct 8, 2017 near Bar Harbor, ME
Starting point under the Loop Road
Oct 8, 2017 near Bar Harbor, ME
A giant wall of rock.
Jul 13, 2017 near Bar Harbor, ME
What you can expect ascending Cadillac from the East off the Gorge Trail
Oct 8, 2017 near Bar Harbor, ME

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