Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and scenic driving and is accessible from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
Probably the most beautiful hike I've done to date - we went a few days ago when the weather was expected to be cloudy, but it ended up snowing about a quarter of the way up... luckily no ice. But the views to the summit, and the different types of scenery, were just stunning. We were walking through the clouds for a fair part of it. Absolutely recommend.
Hard/strenuous is the right rating for this one. Although it's not steep-uphill the whole time, it's definitely uphill with uneven terrain. I attempted to do this three years ago when I was 100lb heavier and couldn't get even 1/4 of the way. Bring water, and if you're hiking in the winter, be prepared... ice could get bad, as the majority of the Trail is on rock. Follow the cairns!
Great views on way up and back, could get to the .2 miles marker and turn around, avoiding the crowd that drove up to the top.
Great hike! Lots of fun and wonderful views going up!
Highly recommend this trail. Started at route 3 heading up about 3.7 miles to summit of Cadillac and back down. Views are amazing but not impressed with the summit. Not because of the views but do many tourists making it hard to enjoy the peace of nature.
Amazing views. We hiked down this after reaching summit of Cadillac Mtn. The views are unreal so get your camera ready. You get here via parking lot at top just to left of store. All the blue markers are easy to see throughout trail. Last 100 yards of trail takes you down into forest. We ended up doing Canon Brook Trail which I do not recommend for children under 14 especially if it has just rained or is wet out.
I didn't do this as an out and back trail - we started at blackwoods and took the south Ridge trail to the top of Cadillac, then hit Dorr mountain through the gorge path and swung up to the gardens and meadow to catch the Island Explorer bus because the rain made our hike much more drawn out than we had anticipated. Next time I'd like to start at the gardens and hit the three peaks that circle back down to blackwoods, which was the remainder original plan. Even in the rain and fog, the views were magnificent and the people we encountered friendly. Acadia never disappoints.
This is a very nice hike that is longer than a lot of the rest. The first part of the trail is wooded and the second part opens up to exposed granite and spectacular views.
A great, longer hike of the trail.
Amazing views. Drove to the top and hiked all around to see out to the harbor
and surrounding islands. If you go to Bar Harbor you have go here. Wish I could have long boarded down the access road. That would have been amazing.
Nice sloped hiking. Did it with my 9, 7, and 4 yo and they only complained the last half mile. :)
Longer distance is trade off for easier slope and you can walk straight from Blackwoods.
It was 5/5 stars
I hiked this in the morning to watch the sun rise on my vacation to Acadia. 99% of people drive to the top to watch the sun rise but anyone willing to get up and put the work in to hike while it is still dark this is a very rewarding trek. Mountian marker is not a summit stick like on other hills so you need to search a little bit to find the peak marker to the south of the parking lot. Short hike from the top gets you to Dorr Mountain peak as well.