Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,142' 348 m
Descent: -1,142' -348 m
High: 1,248' 381 m
Low: 114' 35 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 70% (35°)
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“An exciting loop up the Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail, down the ridge, returning up through The Gorge.”— Zander Göpfert
This trail is not suitable for small children or visitors who are sensitive to heights or exposure. Most capable visitors will find this route exciting and not overly dangerous, but there are inherent physical demands involved in climbing the ladders that should be considered before embarking on the trail.
From the parking area, head west on the Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail. This trail starts abruptly with an almost immediate climb up granite steps. There are three metal ladders that help the climb up a series of granite boulders. This stretch, though physically demanding, has some very interesting rock formations that are worth exploring.
After a half mile, the trail terminates at the Schiff Path. This trail will begin to level out, though it still continues to climb toward the top of Dorr Mountain, gaining another 400-500 feet in elevation in just over a half mile.
From the top of Dorr Mountain, the views are stunning, with a great vantage point of the Mt Desert Narrows to the east and Cadillac Mountain to the west. From the peak, head south onto the Dorr South Ridge Trail as it descends the southern ridge.
At mile 2.3, the trail culminates at the Canon Brook Trail. This trail heads back north on low, level ground. After three-quarters of a mile, continue north onto the Kane Path as it heads through The Gorge below the eastern slope of Dorr Mountain, which you just summited.
Finish this loop by returning on the beginning section of the Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail, back to the Dorr Mountain Trailhead Parking Area.
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