Dorr Mountain Cannon Brook Loop Trail

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Dorr Mountain Cannon Brook Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, ME that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.3 miles 1186 feet Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The 3.3 mile moderate loop or 2.0 mile RT out and back Ladder Trail offers great views along a steep granite step and iron ladder climb to the top of Dorr Mountain in Acadia National Park. The moderate loop or out and back Ladder Trail offers great views along a steep granite step and iron ladder climb to the top of Dorr Mountain in Acadia National Park. Hike up the long row of steps that hugs the cliffs. Then come to a set of three ladders, none of which are as exposed as the ladders and iron rungs on Beehive or Precipice. More steps take you to the Schiff Path, aka the Dorr Mountain East Face Trail / Dorr Mtn. trail to continue up the mountain climbing along more moderate exposed rock slopes (not recommended when wet). Once at the trail intersection near the top of Dorr Mountain, a left on the Ridge Trail leads to the summit at 1,270 feet, with awesome panoramic views of Mount Desert Island, the ocean, and the outer islands.. The summit offers 360 degree with the taller Cadillac Mountain to the west. To complete the loop hike, one good option is to continue hiking down the Dorr Mountain South Ridge Trail. This route descends at a moderate rate. Once the trail reaches the base of the mountain take a left on the Canon Brook Trail and another turn at the Kane trail (aka The Tarn Trail) back to the trailhead. Alternatively you can go down the Schiff trail. The Ladder Trail terminates at the junction of the Schiff Path. Continue with the Schiff/East Face trail to the next right turn which descends to the Tarn trail running along the Tarn back to the Ladder trailhead and parking area. The Ladder Trail is one of the oldest stone step trails in the park and offers a great workout. The trail was build by Waldron Bates, chairman of the Bar Harbor Village Improvement Paths and Trail Committee. References: http://www.citrusmilo.com/acadiaguide/dorrladdertrail.cfm http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/acadia-national-park-ladder-trail-loop

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10 days ago

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3 months ago

This is less about ladders and rock scrambles and more about endurance. The first half of the hike (Dorr Mt. Ladder trail) is the stairmaster from hell. The summit is very rewarding with beautiful views. The second half is basic sloped rocks and a lot of stepping down. Not our favorite, but it was a great workout.

4 months ago

Awesome trail with lots of leg workout included free of charge. Just did this yesterday from The Tarn. There were only a few iron ladders and it was still wet when we ascended. I would recommend being careful and also not really good for kids under 7 as some of the steps are tall step ups and footing can be tricky.

4 months ago

great hike, no crowds.

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5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Up ladder, down south ridge. About 2 hr's. lot more steps and less ladders then I expected, had my hopes up, for more ladders.

1 year ago

1 year ago

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2 years ago

Great hike with awesome views. The trailhead is not well marked but if you just go past the Tarn from the north on Hwy 3, look for a wide gravel area on the right. The trailhead is at the tree edge. Talk about step engineering, this is a stairmaster climb that won't disappoint. Only three iron ladders and not as scary as Beehive or Precipice, the Ladder trail gives you a great workout and then hits the Schiff/Dorr Mountain rocky slope to the top. We loved seeing all the people on top of Cadillac while we virtually had Dorr all to ourselves. There are many options to take at the top, e.g. you can continue on the Gorge trail to Cadillac, or you can go back down the Ladder trail, or you can go take the East Face/Schiff trail to the Tarn, OR you can take the South Ridge Trail down to the Canon/Kane trail back to the parking area. Highly recommend this hike.

hiking
2 years ago

This is probably my favorite trail at Acadia. The ladder is a great climb with beautiful views and fun scrambles.

2 years ago

Not a bad trail. The ladders were fairly easy and wonderful views. Climbed up as part of loop

hiking
3 years ago

Nice hike but steep in places with not good footing in some spots. One of the tougher South ridge trails.

hiking
4 years ago

This trail is my favorite, and has the best views of all the trails I visited at Acadia. The best views are on the way up (or down, depending on which way you started). The peak's views are blocked a little by shrubbery. I would not recommend hiking this trail when it is wet outside, as it has steep drop offs and slippery rock. Also, probably not good for people afraid of heights. The terrain is really varied, beginning with steep stone steps through wooded areas, including trails and ladders along beautiful views, and ending at a lake full of flowers and frogs. Great Hike.