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Cadillac Mountain North Ridge and Gorge Path Loop

hard(20)
Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain North Ridge and Gorge Path Loop is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,315 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
5 months ago

Up the gorge down the north ridge. I would not rate this as hard, it’s more moderate. The gorge is lots of stone steps but very pretty and the north ridge seemed pretty easy going down, but not a lot of views.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing hike to see Cadillac! We went up the Gorge Path and down the North Ridge trail and I’d say that’s the best way to do it. You get tons of views going down North Ridge and going up the Gorge is fun and challenging towards the top. It’s a perfect long hike but so rewarding at the top!

hiking
6 months ago

Fantastic hike. Recommend going up Cadillac and down Gorge, which allows tree cover on the way down and spectacular views from halfway up Cadillac until about 1/3 of the way down Gorge. In addition, the scramble on Gorge seemed easier going down than it would going up. Excellent hike.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Challenging, but super fun. The scrambles up Cadillac North are steep at first, but the scrambles coming down the first half-mile of the Gorge are even steeper. Nice up-and-down, though, with a beautiful hemlock forest and stream on the back end.

A TON of views on the way down the North Ridge Path, so start on the Gorge side to get the best parking in a small area so you can climb down the North Ridge to see the views the whole way down! Do not suggest hiking if wet as the Gorge is already wet & much of the North Ridge Trail is slanted bedrock. 100% must if you are visiting Acadia to hike.

hiking
7 months ago

We ascended via North Ridge and came down Gorge Path. Gradual elevation gain going up and then pretty steep going down the first part of Gorge Path but it finishes with a nice walk through the woods. If you like steep boulder scrambles and step stairs then I would recommend going up Gorge Path instead to get more of a challenge! Also, there is roadside parking at the North Ridge Trailhead, if preferred, just before the Gorge Path parking lot.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Why did we wait so long to do this hike? It was wonderful, both challenging and rewarding. We hiked up the North Ridge and down Gorge Path, and I think this was a good choice for us. The round trip, with breaks on the trail and lunch at the summit, took 3.75 hours. Much of the ascent offered fantastic views and was open, with some, but limited shade. Gorge Path was pretty much all boulders and granite steps and very shady. We had our dog with us and she did great! We parked in the small lot just past the North Ridge trail head, and it ended up being perfect, as that lot is where the trail ends

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

Combination of Cadillac North Ridge trail (which we used to ascend), and Gorge Path (which we used to descend Cadillac Mountain). Cadillac Mountain North Ridge: 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). Gorge Path: a good option for descending the mountain since it provides shade. First ~0.4miles of the descend are a very steep scrambling (trekking poles strongly recommended). Afterwards, path descends less steeply, through the woods, and as its name suggests, follows a gorge (nice tiny waterfalls, a creek, etc).

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
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hiking
8 months ago

hiking
11 months ago