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2 1/2 days in early September

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Gorgeous views of a classic New England lighthouse. Easy, short hike with lots of rocky nooks and crannies to explore.

Great hike doesn’t take to long and a nice climb with kids. The views are great.

Excellent hike any season! Get there early. Parking lot at Gorham trailhead is small; I recommend parking at the Fabbri parking lot just down the road. Last hiked this in May/June 2018 as part of an Acadia Ranger-led excursion. Cadillac Cliffs spur trail is well worth the sightseeing opportunities!!

We combined Wonderland and Ship Harbor by climbing on the shore/rocks from one to the other. The trail is super easy (maybe even a bit boring) but the shore is super fun and beautiful. Especially with kids its a lot of fun.

Less crowded than most major summit hikes in Acadia. Excellent views. A little long as there is several up and down (I prefer steeper climbs), however definitely worth it!

The South Bubble is a short and steep hike that trashes you up to see the infamous hanging rock, with a much easier ascent on the side further from the pond than the one closer, which is a steep rock scramble vs a moderate climb. Due to lack of parking spaces, we took the shuttle from the main layer parking area then hired back along the shore, which turned out to be a short and pleasant trail in perpetration for that afternoon's drive.

great time walking this one well marked also

hiking
3 days ago

Very nice trail, my almost 3 year old enjoyed it as did my wife.

walking
3 days ago

This is a short access path to a rocky beach, not a hike. The beach area is great, not crowded. Lots of rocks to explore with no climbing required. We were there while the tide was out. Lots of tide pools and cool rocks exposed. Might not be as good during high tide. Tie this into a trip to Bass Harbor light house. you can easily spend an hour or so exploring the rocks in each place to make a nice easy afternoon outing.

Wonderful experience! During the loop, take the Cadillac Cliffs trail, which merges back after a stretch, for little caves and a small scramble. Lots of interesting geology and great views. Kids loved it. Would do again.

GreTa trail. surprisingly not to busy. The views!!!

Really nice trail with amazing views along the ridge going towards the summit. Only downside was its proximity to the cars driving on the summit road... you could hear them much of the way up and at points the trail runs near the road. Did this as a sunrise hike because we got up too late to hike the south ridge. However, the views were still great, and we sat to watch the sunrise along the ridge to avoid the massive crowds on the summit.

Super easy walk. We were here about 2 hours before high tide and the tide pools had lots of fascinating things to see. Enough rocky coastline to walk down and get away from the crowds by the sandy part of the beach. Would love to bring our kids here next time.

hiking
4 days ago

Very easy path...nice views at the end! We saw Double Crested Cormorants and a juvenile Bald Eagle in the cove!

Great hike, great views! Definitely more highly trafficked, but still great.

Kid friendly, dog friendly, incredible views! Crowded, but not unreasonably so for a weekend, and everyone was friendly. A few spots where lifting my dog was necessary, but probably could have navigated differently.

Views! A bit crowded. Definitely plenty of kids, and we brought our dogs who navigated just fine.

Chose this route from the summit of Cadillac mountain, after taking the Gorge path to the top. Nice route that somewhat follows the summit road. We had parked near the Gorge path entrance from the park loop road, which was about 1/2 mile walk back to our vehicle on exiting this trail.

hiking
5 days ago

1st significant hiking trip, previous trips had been much less elevation. Nice hike.

This hike was great! I went with my family of 6 with my husband and kids ages 12, 10, 7, and 4 months old. We hiked along the beach starting at the sand beach parking lot. We climbed on the cliffs. Then we went up the gorham mountain trail. We took the cliff path and loved it! The top of the gorham mountain is beautiful.

on Wonderland Trail

walking
7 days ago

Nice walk. Easy for all ages and great for dogs!

Great hike, but be sure to come early (~9:00AM) or it is a zoo. The Directions (GPS coordinates) take you to the Sand Beach P lot, from where you take the Ocean Trail (pleasant stroll) past Thunderhole (a zoo) to the Gorham trail P lot (small, no bathrooms) and trailhead. The hike up is moderately strenuous with a few mini rock climbs and ‘gorges’ that are good fun for older kids (e.g., young teens). The terrain is pretty rocky overall, we found our hiking boots and poles helpful. Great views across the top of the mountain. The descend (or climb, depending which way you come) on the other end of the mountain, closer to Bowl trail, is less steep and offers a few trail extensions or shortcuts depending on your interests and stamina. The Bowl trail end was very crowded, lots of ppl getting started, by the time we got there and finished our hike (12:00 PM).

Absolutely beautiful and so worth it. The views are AMAZING. I recommend packing a lunch and taking your time to enjoy the scenery.
Make sure you wear good shoes! Some rocks were slick.

Great hike. Went with my wife and 3 boys(12,13,14).. we hiked up and back from the NW trail head. About 50 minutes up and 30 minutes down. Great rock scrambles, steep incline, and up through a ravine with ladder climbs. Unbelievable views from the top..Was our favorite hike of the week..

Went up in early August. Good, fairly intense hike with well-marked trails. The day before was foggy so we decided to wait a day and it was a great decision. We’re all in pretty good shape (aging from 15 to 50) and it took an hour and fifteen minutes going up with stops for water breaks and pictures.

First hike my son did at age 3. Views are redic.

great views

hiking
11 days ago

This is a nice trail that winds up a gorge to Cadillac Mountain peak. The trail is very straight forward and easy to follow but be warned, the trail up is a long set of stairs. it's about a mile and a half of the most beautifully created steps that are easy to climb and are not to awkward to navigate. The views at the top are breathtaking. It's about a 2-3 hour hike up and down. While the app shows it from the summit down then up I would suggest starting from the bottom trail head so you climb fresh and then the trek down is not so bad when your a little tired. Your knees will thank you. Saw some deer, a snake (nothing dangerous), and a few chipmunks. It's a good climb if you're in fairly good shape but anyone can make it with a little patience. Wear trail walking shoes as apposed to hiking boots, the slight weight reduction will make for a more pleasurable hike.

Loved the South Ridge trail up! Went before dawn to see the sunrise. Beautiful and peaceful. Saw the cars driving up Cadillac across the way.
Parked in the Jordon Pond north lot and took the Jordon and Bubbles path to South Ridge. Left an hour before dawn and took exactly an hour to get up to the summit. Head lamps are def needed, but the climb was very doable in the dark.

Beautiful views! The one very steep part on the side facing Jordan Pond was scary for me, someone scared of heights. Tricky to get up through the crevice on the ledge- but doable if you have experience with rock scrambles/climbing and probably easier for taller people (prob 5’6 and over).

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