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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.

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.

Wonderful views that you can only find along the coast of Maine!

hiking
1 day ago

The main path is a mostly flat, boring gravel path alongside a road. Every 100 ft or so there are small capillary paths that lead to magnificent cliffside views, each with its own magic. It’s worth taking each diversion.

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.

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.

Beautiful scenery! Add on the bubbles for extra fun!

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.

Nearly killed myself on the ladder part.

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.

This is one of my favorite things to do in Acadia National Park but again I missed the sunset or sunrise from here on this trip. The view from the summit of Cadillac Mountain and from anywhere along this summit loop is absolutely memorable. One thing I did differently about this trip is to bring along a nice 70-300mm zoom lens so I was able to bring far away subject closer on this latest trip.

walking
7 days ago

great way to see the world beneath you..breathtaking. the trail itself is easy.

Beautiful hike. Very easy, but also very busy.

I started at a parking lot on Otter Cliff Rd and took the Ocean Path to the Gorham Mtn. Trailhead. The trail is beautiful and not very strenuous. The grade is steady and there are really no technical areas. However, the earlier you start, the cooler and less crowded it will be. The trail becomes increasingly crowded as one makes their way down the north end of Gorham Mtn, as this area is an intersection for many trails, including the very popular Beehive. After descending from the North side of Gorham, we took the pretty but very crowded Ocean Path back to the road. There are many small spurs off the main path that take you to some very nice picture/rest spots.

if you stay on the trail it's an easy trail but the views will not disappoint!!

As others noted, the views along the ridge are spectacular. Nothing complicated or advanced here, so the moderate rating is spot on. The trail does require stamina to make it up, but there are plenty of good rest stops along the way if you need them. The top of the mountain has no shade, so planning a early start would avoid the summer heat. It will also give you a chance at a parking spot near the trail head. This trail is a easy descent and makes a nice loop with the gorge trail.

I would rate this trail moderate-hard. The climb is quite steep on many sections on the way up, but totally worth it! Amazing views from every direction! The temperature dropped considerably at the top.

Definitely a lot of stone steps and 3 iron ladders as in the name- the first was a bit challenging for this short 50 year old whose " afraid of falling"). The views were worth it and there were plenty of wild blueberries to nibble on

Really cool relatively moderate hike (closer towards easy). I completed with my retired mom and uncle without any problem. Beautiful views and almost no one on the trail. Very refreshing getaway from the crowds of Sand Beach below. Do the full loop and don’t just do one side- both have amazing views and there’s a switchback midway if going back to sand beach.

I honestly can’t say enough about this trail. It’s stunning. That said, it gets crowded as it’s easy. If you’re doing the loop, go early.

I left from the restaurant at 1pm and went up the east side and to the Bubbles Connector and up Pemetic then back down to the restaurant. While the second half of my loop was quite difficult the first part is entirely flat with most of the way walking on boards across the lake brush.

Be very careful to not step off the boards. If another group is coming or passing, step on a nearby rock and not the brush.

Great hike. Loved the plank trail and rocks. My family really enjoyed this hike!

veiw beautiful.

Again, I’m not a “hiker” but I really enjoyed hiking with my 20 year old daughter on this trail. We’ll, I did better than I thought since I am completely out of shape and overweight.. The trail is very rocky and just a little slippery in places. Its quite steep for a novice but so enjoyable. The views are nothing short of stunning. I had to rest a couple of times but “speedy” the daughter almost ran up the mountain. One thing that was interesting to me was that several times I thought I was at the summit, but was wrong. Oh well!

Jordan Pond is one of my favorite destination in Acadia. The scenic view from this pond is absolutely memorable and I've done this trail on every visit to Acadia. The air is fresh, the water is refreshing and the view is simply spirit rejuvenating. The only thing I have been meaning to do is to rent a kayak or canoe out for a few hours. I really like to see the scenery from the water's point of view.

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