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Pretty straightforward hike to the top of Cadillac but we did it last Thanksgiving weekend we’re temps were in the low teens and boy was it cold out there. Caught a few flurries up top but definitely feel like we earned it as opposed to those who drove up to the top!

This is definitely more than 4 miles if you’re coming from the Blackwoods campground. Beautiful views on top...If you have a slightly overweight elderly dog-it might be a challenge. Our 8 year old Golden Retriever barely made it down. Overall-Amazing!

walking
2 days ago

The scenery is great, but whether or not one likes this trail entirely depends on what one is looking for: great for a little stroll (there are lots of parking lots along the road next to this trail) with nice ocean views. Path is entirely flat and smooth. However, this is of course no hiking trail whatsoever, but more of an ocean walking path (as in, leisurely strolling, not hiking).

rock climbing
2 days ago

Very nice hiking and rock climbing trail. Near-vertical rock climbing ascend for about ~0.3 miles; but nicely placed metal rungs help a lot. Very great views from the top.

Don’t try to do this trail the wrong way around; that is, do the trail *counter* clockwise, so that you end up climbing up the rocks and not down. Don’t attempt with kids or if you feel you might be unable to pull yourself up onto rocks (two or three spots require pulling oneself up onto shoulder-height rocks using rungs).

Also, good hiking shoes may be better for this than rigid hiking/backpacking boots.

Trail was very safe for a sunrise hike. Started approximately 2 hours before sunrise time and took our time getting up. A moderately difficult, but looong hike. Parking is convenient and right by the trail head.

One of my absolute favorite hikes in Acadia. Short and rather easy, the views of Sand Beach are breathtaking. If you go at low tide, you can scramble down the cliffs and observe the tide pools below. A peaceful hike surprisingly absent of others!

Take the Cadillac Cliffs off shoot for much more entertaining (and a bit more challenging) hike. An easy jaunt up the mountain to some really beautiful views. The Cliffs offshoot offers some immense and fascinating rock formations - and feels much less traveled. A reasonable hike for everyone to try!

Not for the faint of heart. Because HEIGHTS. ladder rungs, scrambling and narrow edges are most common features. You must be certain of your footing on this one. Completely worth the view though. However, not for dogs, inexperienced hikers or young children. And don’t come DOWN the beehive. You’ll make a mess of things.

Took this on as my second hike...don’t know what I was thinking. The warning sign gave me hesitation but decided to go for it. Got to really stay focused ascending this path and it was good to have my SIL (an experienced hiker) leading the way. Beautiful views from the top. When I completed the ascend felt a great sense of accomplishment and gained major confidence about my ability to do this hiking thing.

This was the first leg of my third hike with my daughter and SIL and it definitely tested my endurance. We ascended to the Cadillac Summit and took the Gorge trail as the descent. I locked into the design pattern early on as it would present incline and then level ground which I thought was manageable. But the more we got into the trail, I thought the inclines became longer and steeper and the level ground seemed to disappear. My trusty staff was literally a God send as some thoughtful hiker left it at the beginning of the trail. Made it to the Summit which was a beautiful view and worth the sweat and grind up hill. The Cadillac Mtn North Ridge was no joke!!

Offers great scenic view of Acadia and the ocean. More or less no shade whatsoever. Involves some scrambling, but manageable (but trekking poles are helpful). Very nice trail, all in all.

hiking
2 days ago

One of the most incredible hikes I’ve ever done! It is certainly challenging and not good for those with a fear of heights... but an experience not to be missed! Once up, it seems safest and the best idea to go down north ridge and then black/orange trail.

hiking
3 days ago

This was a great experience! I am excited to share it with my family (of adult children)!

Beautiful trail! Great views all the way up. the summit is breathtaking. Nice trail for dogs. not too difficult!

My favorite trail of all time. (Without dogs and I haven’t done precipice)

beautiful hike not strenuous great vistas

hiking
5 days ago

this was a great trail but as the above mentioned it was more like a sidewalk trail some of it was in the woods but not all of it but this was still an awesome trail very easy. My wife and I did the trail and stopped at thunder hole and we actually saw a pod of whales in the distance by the buoys what a phenomenal sight it was. We were here around 12 or 12:30 and there were tons of people but not too many as to not be able to see. We had a blast. Afterward, we drove up Cadillac mountain and found a spot to see "bubble rock" take the time to explore the .5 mile hike up to bubble rock absolutely fabulous views take a picture of it as you are driving we missed out and it would have been awesome.

This is really more of a sidewalk than a trail. Not remotely what we expected. Cars and tour buses continually driving past, and packed with people even on an Wednesday post-Labor Day.

hiking
5 days ago

We actually veered more left and hiked a larger portion of the loop. The part of the trail that is not outlined red on the map here is very easy gravel area. The part that is marked red is moderate with some rock scrambling. There are some awesome views on this trail.

hiking
5 days ago

The more difficult bigger brother of the Beehive Trail. This trail has so much upper arm work between the ladder rungs and the boulder climbing to get to the top. If you are afraid of heights there are a few skinny areas I wouldn't recommend looking down. This is a full body workout kind of trail but it is so much fun! For sure an experience you don't want to pass up.

If you looking for something adventurous that is a little easier than the Precipice this is the trail for you! Plenty of metal rungs and ladders to get you to the top so this is not just your average walking trail there is a lot of climbing involved. There are also a few drop off ledges involved so if your afraid of heights keep this in mind. I would not do Acadia without doing this trail though!!

Really awesome! Some dicey areas for those afraid of heights, but there are always paths marked. Beautiful views throughout.

Great hike beautiful views of Sand Beach as some more challenging rocks to keep it interesting but still accessible.

A very pleasant, short hike with absolutely gorgeous views along the way and at the top !!!

Great hike! Beautiful views the entire time Be ready to climb lots of rocks and boulders to the top, but the views are worth it.

We actually parked at Sand Beach, walked up the coast line and then caught the Gorham Trail. You can pick up this route almost anywhere along the coastline

hiking
8 days ago

Took a nice evening walk on this trail. From Sandy beach to Otter cliffs it goes on and off the road.. incredible views with beautiful evening sky. Very beautifully maintained.. Thanks to the NPS staff..

Pretty view..... kids loved it

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful, adventurous hike with incredible ocean views on top. The cliff walks are amazing. You have to go under the rocks too at one place. This has more iron rungs than bee hive trail. Really loved this one and want to show this to my friends when I visit next time. I came down via north ridge.

hiking
10 days ago

A nice and easy trail with minimal incline. Lots of great places to stop and take in the beautiful views!

Loved this trail and the views! Definitely lots of scrambling so be prepared. We only made it a little more than half way due to a large thunderstorm that popped up. We still had a beautiful view of the water and islands though!

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