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2 1/2 days in early September

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The views were spectacular! My husband and I had already done quite a bit of hiking this day (including the Beehive Trail) so this was very physically demanding. He asked, "Do our fitbit steps still count if we dragged ourselves off the mountain?" Lol. We did the South Ridge Trail and after reaching the summit we turned around and came back out the way we went in.

Hiked this in 9/2016. Amazing views all the way up. Worth the effort.

I started at Jordan pond and ascended up south bubble to north bubble to Conor’s nubble and then started back via eagle lake trail and Jordan pond carry back to Jordan pond for a loop. Going up south bubble is pretty much straight up and for someone not use to hiking can be pretty challenging but after that summit the others are fairly easy. Great views of Jordan pond and eagle lake. I thought eagle lake trail would be more like Jordan pond trail but I was wrong. Definitely more rugged. But overall great hike

Overall a pretty decent hike. I started from the bubbles parking lot up the northwest trail based on recommendations and came down the south ridge and followed Jordan pond back to the parking area to make a loop. It is a challenging climb up especially if it has recently rained...caution it will be slippery. Make sure to keep an eye out for the markers as the trail direction changes without some notice on the way up. On the way down south ridge some of the markers were pretty faded but easier to make out the trail. Great views from the top, but it was pretty windy the day I hiked so I didn’t stay too long at the top. I would definitely hike again.

Beautiful sunset, but get there early

really enjoyed this one

Great trail and views for anyone hiking with their dog. Challenging yet no ladders or rungs to climb up or down a a dog. You get to see the bowl and I️ even hiked up to the summit of beehive. Obviously couldn’t go down that way w my pup, but we got to see what it looked like. A little confusing towards the end and I️ ended up actually backtracking the way I️ came, but it allowed me to take the Cadillac cliffside trail back.

4 months ago

This trail DOES NOT go to the ladders. The ladders are on the trail coming up from Echo Lake

Just challenging enough! The views were unbelievable. Be sure to wear waterproof shoes. It rained the day before , so parts of the narrow trail towards the top were somewhat flooded. Totally worth it!!

Not as hard as other “hard” trails; beautiful; saw two bald eagles this morning while on this trail.

Fantastic trail, especially for those looking for an immersive hike on a day trip. Offers breathtaking views and fun rock scrambling in parts. The ascent from Sand Beach is much more steep, though significantly shorter, than the descent to the Otter Cove area.

Perfect loop trail with great views

Great trail with beautiful views of the gorge and fall colors along the way. Started at the top of Cadillac Mountain (that’s where the GPS took us) and hiked down the mountain. Was tough going down and by the time we got to the bottom, we were exhausted and no way were heading back up. Found some other tourists from Alabama that drove us back to the top, thank you! My suggestion is to be prepared to either hire a shuttle service be prepared for 7.4 miles of climbing as it’s fairly steep steps and climb the whole way. Quads are still burning! Beautiful hike though!

Great hike and easy trail to follow. Took our family of 5 (kids 16,14, and 12) and along the route are some great views of the bay and surrounding area. At the top, just past the summit is an unmarked trail leading down to a crashed plane from the 50s and the wreckage is still there. Very interesting but somber area. Overall, a great hike.

Hiked this trail in May 2015. One of the most memorable hikes on the East Coast. Beehive is another moderate but exciting trail for those who are not afraid of night or cliffs and in fairly good shape. This trail is longer but easier with amazing views!

5 months ago

Last hiked it on May 14, 1994. What can I saw that has not already been said by many visitors about this spectacular hike?

Last hiked it on May 14, 1994. What can I saw that has not already been said by many visitors about this spectacular hike?

5 months ago

beautiful day today! clear, cool weather, trail in great shape with nicely placed rock. small amount of water along the way. ended at top of cadillac.....people!

Enjoyed ourselves immensely. Could not of asked for better Maine-iac weather. Fog thicker than a wall, in 60mph winds (warm for October) made us soaked but it was a truly different experience even without a view (had to make the best of, end of tropical storm Nate)

5 months ago

Perfect trail to bring my pup on!

One of my favorites at Acadia. Lots of variety in the trail itself and the views. I recommend Gorham mountain first, and then loop back to ocean trail. The fall colors were spectacular on the way down.

It's a must do for Acadia park, but found a number of other trails in the park that I enjoyed slightly more. It's a busy trail, with a lot of people at the summit. Great views!

Great hike especially during autumn. The trail was very well marked and heavily traveled. I followed the trail clockwise (with the Ocean Path Loop first) and believe that the views may have been better if hiked counterclockwise (Gorham Mountain first) as a lot of good views were to my back. The Gorham section requires a fair bit of bouldering which may slow you down, but otherwise it is not technically demanding and would be good for all ages. The Ocean Path is paved and graveled.

5 months ago

Took bus to Cadillac North Ridge Trail head and 3 hrs later reached mtn top. Physically demanding but enjoyable hike for sixtyish couple , active walkers. Stopped at “false summit “ and hawks nest to watch ranger activity. Wonderful view from crowded summit, cars buses etc. Took west ridge trail down but this was a real accomplishment for us and beyond our experience level. Plan ahead or come back down on the north ridge.

Would recommend adding North Bubble to the plan and going in that direction. Great trail and views. Steep descent down south Bubble trail overlooking Jordan Pond.

Great ocean views all along the trail. Good close up view of Beehive iron rungs where trails merge.

Not really a hiking trail unless you're counting the walk from your car to the lighthouse rocks because during sunset you're going to be walking a long ass way since it's so crowded. Filled with photographers and just people trying to see a sunset. There's a secret cove/table area if you climb over the rocks underneath the lighthouse where you can sit and have your own little picnic.

To start off, come up the South side which we did, it is quite easier then coming up the North. The trail is definitely strenuous, just when you think you're reaching the peak, it keeps going until you finally get to a mark at the top. Markings along the trail are very easy to follow, and the views of Jordan Pond, and the surrounding area are fantastic. Going down the North side, take your time, because it's very steep and rocky in some areas. We took the split to head back to Jordan Pond crossing Jordan Pond Rd. Overall it took us about 4 hours round trip starting from the Jordan Pond parking area.

Terrific vertical gain for a real butt burner. Amazing views at summit with the token tourist attraction of a balancing rock. Rock, nbd... views, spectacular

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