Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail Loop

HARD 97 reviews
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Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail Loop is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and scenic driving and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2303 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

scenic driving

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The true summit is to the left where the South Ridge Trail opens onto the gravel access road. Look for 2 survey benchmarks established by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1856 and the 1954. The South Ridge Trail is a gradual climb, but it has the advantage of not coming close to the Cadillac Summit Road until the end. The trail briefly descends to a small pond called The Featherbed, where there is a wooden bench for taking a break and enjoying the pond.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

My favorite way up Cadillac is via the South Ridge because of the exposed boulders and sheer, cliffs!

hiking
5 days ago

Great views. A decent out and back hike. Lots of places for scenic looks. Not for those out of shape but also a safe hike as long as you have endurance. Well worth the effort!

7 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Very nice hike with beautiful views. Enjoyed the hike immensely!

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike with wonderful views all along the way. Perfect granite topped peaks that open up most of the way.

hiking
14 days ago

Long but exciting hike with different varying views and multiple mini summits with the view of the bar harbor.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Amazing trail! Very challenging and fun. I do not recommend this LOOP for someone that is not a regularly active person. Be careful with all the boulders on the way down and cool down with the icy cold water stream. Have fun!

22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Great scenery throughout the hike, loved the views from all directions.

23 days ago

This was a great trail but definitely invokes rock climbing in a few places and you should make sure you are hydrated. Great work out. When you reach the summit at top, there is a store and place to refill water. It took me and my teenage daughter's approximately 2.5 hours up and 1:45 down. The views were spectacular ! Highly recommended!

25 days ago

Great trail. The loop, which is off the Cadillac South trail, is the best section (hardest). Scramble up and over (or down) rocks and a waterfall. Good views from Cadillac trail.

hiking
27 days ago

I was pretty underwhelmed by this hike overall. It was not particularly challenging (despite the "hard" rating) and we made it to the top in about an hour. The views were beautiful along the way, but because the top is accessible by car, too, it was almost a let down to get up to the top and be surrounded by (literally!) hundreds of people. We saw people of all ages (from 3 to well over 80) doing this hike, so very family friendly, and lots of dogs. Not a bad hike by any stretch of the imagination, but perhaps not a 5-star hard hike either.

hiking
30 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

We started at Blackwoods campground and hiked straight up. Challenging both ways. The views are amazing. Go on a day your legs are feeling strong.