Schiff Path to Dorr Mountain

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Schiff Path to Dorr Mountain is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, ME that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 1223 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Bar Harbor, ME: Travel SR 3 to the Sieur de Monts entrance. Turn left at the stop sign and park in the first parking lot.

hiking
1 year ago

Loved the granite steps all the way to the top- makes it seem like like the trail has been here forever. Great vistas over the pond.

hiking
1 year ago

Steep and is made up of a lot of steps. I went to the top of Dorr Mtn using it and went down the Dorr north Ridge Trail. NIce views as you watch yourself climb over the lake.

hiking
1 year ago

Loved this trail great leg burner! We continued to Dorr Mountain and down the Gorge! Great view!

hiking
2 years ago

Dorr mountain is a very popular mountain to hike, but what many hikers don't know is just around the corner from the main hiking trail is the Homans Trail. The trail was a bit of a mystery from the start - it was built to climb high up the side of dorr mountain, using stone steps for most of the way, and it suddenly ends. Some named it The Stairway To Nowhere. and after the great fire, when the park service began abandoning many of the popular hiking trails in the park, the Homans trail also was abandoned. Over the years it became the forgotten trail, until it was re-discovered in recent years and reopened.
If your going to hike Dorr Mountain - hike this path, and bring along a camera. But before you can hike the Homans trail, you first have to find it. Like I said, it has now been reopened, but the trail head could not be in a worse spot. To locate the Homans trail, you need to drive to the Sieur de Monts Spring parking lot, where the Wild Gardens of Acadia National Park and the Nature Center are also located. You can reach that area three ways, off of route 3 as your heading toward Otter creek, or along the One Way section of the Park Loop road, signs let you know when your there.
The other way to get there is by catching one of the Island Explorer free buses from the Bar Harbor village Green. You want to board the Sand Beach Bus - Sieur de Monts is one of its stops.
Once at the parking lot, go to the far end of the parking lot, to the right - where you will find a fireroad with a gate across it. Follow the fire road until you come to a four way intersection, there will be a trail to the right that's a boardwalk running through the woods. Keep going straight, about a car length or two, and you will see the trail head sign for the Homans Trail.
The trail curves through the woods a short ways before coming to the first steps. After a short ways the trail comes to a cool spot where one has to bend low and pass through a hole in the granite - make sure not to bump your head as your passing through it. On the other side the trail turns to the left and begins its climb up the mountain side using stone steps.
Soon you come to the next amazing spot on the trail, a very narrow passage that passes between two huge walls of granite. By itself that would be neat, but when the trail was built, George B. Dorr, the founder of Acadia National Park, had work crews place a huge section of granite over the top of this narrow passage, and you almost feel like your passing through a cave.
Stone steps continue to rise upward until you reach the place where the trail use to end. There are some fantastic views along this path, but the best view is still up ahead.
I believe the park service has added a connector path from this to the most popular trail up dorr mountain, but if not, everyone follows a worn path to the left, just a short ways to the more popular path.
Once on the main dorr Mountain path, continue onward to the summit, which is still some distance away. Where that worn path meets the other trail, that is where you get an amazing view and you want a camera with you.

2 years ago

Really tough hike if you go up Kurt's pass. Nice view, but seriously strenuous.

2 years ago

Super steep. But the view is nice. Get ready to kick your legs into high gear.

hiking
3 years ago

Maybe you should give it the actual name instead of your own.

hiking
3 years ago

Beautiful views and a lot less crowded than Cadillac, peaceful

hiking
3 years ago

I recently hiked the Tarn Trail, then up the south ridge of Dorr, and down the north ridge of Dorr. I did this in 80-degree heat, which is a sincerely bad idea. I brought three quarts of water with me, and that was not nearly enough. The Tarn Trail is filled with mosquitoes during the warmer months, since it is a swampy area. You end up being chased up the mountain by bugs. The views from the top of Dorr are nice, but do not underestimate the difficulty of this hike, especially in the heat. As other reviewers have noted, this one is not for the faint of heart. In my opinion, the views from Sargent are much nicer than those from Dorr, and Sargent is much less brutal. If you are in the mood to work off some calories, I would do Penobscot to Sargent Pond to the summit of Sargent instead.

hiking
3 years ago

Great steady climb that connects with trails to the top if Dorr Mtn. When you get to the top and you have the whole mountain to yourself, look over towards the crowds on Cadillac mountain and congratulate yourself on picking such an awesome hike!

hiking
3 years ago

Always a nice trail to hike or should I say climb stairs lol

hiking
3 years ago

Have hiked this trail 3 times in all sorts of weather. Latest of which was September 2, 2012. Light rain once we were half way up the Gorge Trail. Wasn't as slippery as I imagined it would be.

hiking
4 years ago

I have to say that this trail was amazing. I had a great time hiking it with my dog and wife, but it is definately way tougher than i firat thought.

hiking
4 years ago

One AWESOME trail it was pouring the day we went, the stone steps were very slippery, but I would highly recommend this! Snicker's loved going up the steps even in the rain she was so cute always looking back to see if we were all good! Use this to as a point for Dorr MT too!

hiking
4 years ago

This was a lot tougher then we first thought, we went September 2011 and WOW, it was warm that year, we did this on 9/20/2011 and the temp that day was in the 70's, humid, and slightly overcast. Cadillac MT does block some of the views but if you take the Gorge trail with this what an amazing day you will have. Not for the faint.

hiking
6 years ago