Cadillac North Ridge Trail

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Acadia National Park

Cadillac North Ridge Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,118 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

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rocky
2 days ago

I and my friend started this hike at 2 am so that we could reach summit by sunrise. We were so scared because there was no one else on that trail and it was a dark night. It was fun in a way that we walked so fast that we reached an hour before the sunrise. Watching sunrise was worth it though. I found getting down was tougher that climbing actually.

hiking
9 days ago

Is the trial open ?

9 days ago

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icy
1 month ago

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icy
snow
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

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icy
2 months ago

Did this for sunrise March 15 - windy and cold at the top but entirely worth the 4am wake up! A bit icy in spots but didn’t need to put on spikes to get around it.

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icy
3 months ago

beautiful enjoyable hike with some ice

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Trail was manageable on a sunny 35 degree day even without spikes & with a large dog — to the final point where the trail meets the road. After that it was too icy for our dog to continue and we walked back along the road. Bring spikes/poles if you want to summit.

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Early morning hike for sunrise at the summit!

no shade
3 months ago

The most popular trail at Acadia, and arguably the best place to see a sunrise in the United States. wholly recommend going here to see at least one sunrise, then take a bit longer to admire the Atlantic from the most elevated spot along the ocean in the US.

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4 months ago

flew in to BH so didn't bring all of my gear. Hit this trail at 4:30am(20degrees) with just microspikes, gaiters and layers. After five minutes on ice covered boulders I turned back and hiked the road, also hardpacked with ice the entire way. Walked 2/3 of the way on the road, then traversed over to the trail for the final push. Mistake. the exposed granite ledge was covered in thick pack ice. real care has to be taken to avoid crossing ice that exposes you to a LONG slide into the trees. slightly more rock /small tree cover to the left. It's not steep, and it's only a few hundred feet across, but a slip on this sheet would kill you. Met a few others on the trail who agreed the trail is too much trouble on the ice in the dark, all agreed for safety we were taking the road down...still a pretty epic hike. If you can see white on the shoulder of the mountain from bar harbor, plan accordingly. Even if you're hiking on the road, microspikes are a must. won't go back up this trail in winter without crampons, an ice axe and a partner!

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4 months ago

Nice trail. Pretty deep drifts in some places. Would recommend following this trail until the final point it meets the road and trekking from there up. Will save you time and ankles!

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icy
5 months ago

Perfect weather conditions! Bring micro spikes in the winter for your own safety! We were headed up for sunrise and the trail hadn’t been broken out yet so we took the road some of the way. Beautiful day on the trail!

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rocky
7 months ago

An absolute must do hike when you are in the are. Takes only 1,5h to the top (even with a lot of picture breaks) amazing views and just an amazing trail in beautiful autumn colors. My absolute favorite! Some parts are rocky but not bad at all and still easy to hike on.

recorded Recording - Oct 26, 12:49 PM

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scramble
7 months ago

Went up with five other lady friends. Took our time and took three hours to hike to the top. Two ladies decided to catch a ride back down to the vehicle with friendly strangers. Four of us made it back down the trail in two hours. This hike has a lot of rocks to hike on and over and was a little too strenuous for some of us. Would love to do it again after my knees recuperate!

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7 months ago

Visited Acadia with my girlfriend and some college friends this weekend. I've been to the park a number of times but have never climbed Cadillac. It is a very gradual and doable mountain. The views from the top were breathtaking.

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rocky
7 months ago

Takes you to the same place as the road to the top. Nice views

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

Nice hike. Great views. Not too many people in the afternoon. Solid for a workout. Got good interval training running with walking.

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rocky
7 months ago

Right next to the road most of the way. A lot of noise from the cars. The views are nice when they peek through the trees. And it's the first place the sun hits in North America from October to March.

7 months ago

Amazing trail. We took it easy as it was rocky and wet. The vistas are amazing. Depending on skill level this can be a hard trail due to rocks. Cardio wise, it easy I feel.

hiking
7 months ago

Took us about 2 hr 15 min. Left at 645 am to avoid crowd. Parked on the road across the road from the trailhead (looks like a rock staircase) could not have been better! Highly recommend. Beautiful 360 views, tons of birds, gorgeous fall foliage

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