Cadillac Mountain West Face Trail

HARD 26 reviews
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Cadillac Mountain West Face Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles
1410 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers




Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338 Shipping Address Acadia National Park 20 McFarland Hill Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609-0177 More information:

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25 days ago

Stunning views but definitely a bit more intense than we expected. We only hiked down this trail but we had our six month old puppy and 9 year old. We took our time and made it down but I'd do this one without pups and kids if I had known. Definitely not for beginners as there are some areas where the wrong step could be fatal.

26 days ago

We hiked down this trail after going up the North Ridge Trail. It is a very challenging descent, basically a 1 mile vertical rock scramble! Fun, but don't tackle it unless you are experienced and in good shape.

27 days ago

Intense. Definitely wasn't what we anticipated. I'm glad it was a dry day because I don't think we would have made it safely otherwise. Some of the rocks are very slick even when dry due to moss and lose pine needles. Not a trail I would recommend taking a dog on unless they are experienced. We had to carry our 6 month old puppy a few times. Beautiful views of the pond below.

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2 months ago

This trail was very challenging. We started on the descent after reaching the top of Cadillac Mountain from the north ridge. It had been raining the day before, and much of the trail is comprised of steep rock faces that were wet and slippery. My husband's hiking boots are a bit older and the tread on them was not doing its job, so we turned back at about halfway. With the proper equipment and conditions, I'd love to go back and try this trail again!

2 months ago

Wow. This was an incredibly hard trail. I really thought I was going to have a hard fall on the more treacherous parts, perhaps even fatal. Beware because the very steep granite was very damp when we went, like mid-late April, due to the snow melt. It is HARD. There are a lot of parts where you have to keep moving due to the steepness of the area- you will start slipping if not. It may only be 3.3 miles but it seriously feels like so much more due to the steepness. There was also plenty of scrambling, which I was certainly not prepared for. we encountered a snake and a fox on this trail in the middle of the day, so beware of possible critters! I also highly recommend not descending this trail as I couldn't even imagine how much more difficult it would be- perhaps have someone waiting for you at the summit in a car. One last thing- be careful to really watch out to stay on trail as the trail markers are easy to miss. Be very careful on this trail!

9 months ago

We started at top of Cadillac Mountain and descended almost all the way to Bubble Pond, but turned around before we reached the very bottom because my dog was with us and that last stretch is not dog friendly. Challenging on the knees on the descent. The ascent is much easier. Beautiful views and a technically interesting trail. Really a fun one.

10 months ago

Hiked the descent only down from Cadillac to Bubble Pond. Took just under two hours. Was not expecting this level of difficulty, partly because of wet granite at times. Definitely a challenging hike but one of the best I have ever done. Absolutely beautiful views!

11 months ago

Pretty difficult trail. We drove all the way to the summit of Cadillac mountain and descended down this trail to bubble pond. Very steep and difficult terrain. The descent was much more difficult than the ascent. Rough on the knees and lots of climbing down rocks. I would recommend this for only experienced hikers. Very steep rocks that require you to slide down them. Definitely not recommended for when it's foggy or even the slightest bit rainy.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Did this trail on a warm and dry summer day (80 degrees). Only went up the mountain. It is quiet steep and challenging in the beginning and in places our dog needed a boost. Some scrambling required. Needed to take several water and rest breaks on the way. Would not do this trail unless its absolutely dry, one slip and you slide or fall 30+ feet onto jagged rocks.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

We went down first and then up to Cadillac Mountain. Tougher on the descent than the ascent. Took us 2 hours to descend and 1 hour to ascend. We ended up at Bubble Pond. We tried to park at Bubble Pond, but only a bus stop (no parking access). Restrooms were available there. Wear some hiking shoes with good tread. Sneakers seemed to act like skis at times on certain inclines. :-)

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Monday, July 04, 2016

Great challenge.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Our party was not prepared for this hike. We biked to the trailhead from Bar Harbor and four of us, plus a dog, hit the trail. We frequently hit areas of difficulty for the less experienced in our party, and heavy rains the night before made for a slippery climb. All that said, it was fun and challenging - secluded as well.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Great steep workout going up, but we couldn't go back down on it because a) it had just rained and b) we had our dog with us...she's a hiker, but the wet granite was just too difficult to keep your footing on. I LOVED the challenge and the views, but don't approach without some experience, good shoes, and some energy (and no dogs unless they're very agile). Took us about 2.25 hours including stopping to eat lunch.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Started this ascent on a day when it had rained the day before. We turned around and headed back roughly .1 miles in. The rocks were very, very slick and steep. Just in the short time we were on this trail, we encountered some strenuous climbing that required pulling yourself up over 4 ft high rock ledges with steep drops. I'd like to try it again, but only on a day when I know it's dry. I think this trail would be even more difficult descending.