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Cadillac North Ridge Trail to South Ridge Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Cadillac North Ridge Trail to South Ridge Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, snowshoeing, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.0 miles
1,253 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly






wild flowers


This hike gives you the full experience of hiking up and down Cadillac Mountain, hiking the more gentle side of the mountain up. This hike is perfect for children who are experienced hikers. If you want more of a challenge, switch the hike up and hike South ridge up, and North ridge down! There are MANY blueberry bushes along the way, ripe in August for you to pick!

21 days ago

I used this trail to go down from Cadillac mt. It seemed to be easier way down then gorge trail. And in this point it really was. But it was so rocky, that only thing I remember, is looking under my feet. Even that didn’t saved my from falling down. Over all - boring. Gorge trail is much more exiting

8 months ago

We did this trail with our 3.5 year old in a pack, and our 8 year old. We arrived just about 8am and was able to grab a parking spot right by the trailhead. It worked out because we caught many people that hiked up for the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain and parking was plentiful. Our 3.5 year old was able to hike much of the way up North ridge on his own. This is a hike that has amazing views around every turn. We loved finding the blueberry bushes ripe for the picking! The summit was pretty non-eventful because of all of the people. We didn't stop long before heading down the South ridge trail. To find the South ridge trail from summiting, cross the parking lot and go to the right. It'll be on the opposite side of the street. The South ridge trail down was a bit steep, with one rung to climb down (or climb up if you are coming the opposite way) The trail finishes flat. If you need to catch the shuttle back to North ridge, cross the street and follow signs for the Blackwoods campground. Note: You CAN flag down shuttles (and they will often times stop!) If you see one, flag it down, as they only stop once an hour at the campground. We caught the Blackwoods Shuttle back to the Bar Harbor Village green and then caught the shuttle back to North ridge. You could easily stop and have lunch in the village before heading back to your car. This is definitely a hike to make sure you have logistics down to get back to your car. Make sure you have the shuttle schedule screenshotted so you know when to expect the next shuttle, as phone service was iffy. This hike is definitely doable for kids that are hikers and have experience on the trail. It is completely worth it and we will definitely be back to do it again next year.

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