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Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail Loop

HARD 145 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 and trail running 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

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.

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The A. Murray Young Path is a tough path involving boulder hiking and at times, mild climbing.. the more direct path to the mountain is well signposted and relatively straight forward. Great views at the top.

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23 days ago

Parked right at the trailhead at 4:45am, first car there and didn't see anyone on the trail until we got towards the top. We decided to stop before we got to the top to avoid the crowds and take in the sunrise alone. Not a soul in sight if you stay a little ways below the top and essentially the same view. Take a headlamp, wear sturdy shoes, but it's a pretty mellow hike up. We took the west side down after the ascent.

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28 days ago

Was a great easy trail up. Unfortunately there are a lot of tour buses and people at the top but they stay there. Nice views on a clear day.

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