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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.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 1,118 ft 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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Anna M
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It’s very exposed so be prepared with a hat, sunscreen and water on a hot day like today. The rocks were a bit wet due to recent weather but overall no issues! It took me about an hour up and an hour down so I would say moderate is accurate. I did it solo in my mid-20s for reference. Enjoy it early before everyone drives up for the day!

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Marina Dman
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You want to do this one, for sure! As many people noted before me - you want to do this hike on a sunny day, otherwise you will miss out no the gorgeous views! We started off with a lot of sunshine and by the time we were going back the clouds came in and we couldn’t see much. Though we definitely appreciated the being in the clouds feel!! It’s challenging at times but so worth it!

Leila Ramos
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You definitely want to do this one on a day that the sky is clear. If it’s too cloudy or raining you won’t be able to see anything from the top. A little challenging at times but worth it when you get to the very top. Breath taking view!

Chantel Pfeiffer
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If you are planning to hike this to watch the sunrise I wanted to note timing because we gave ourselves 2 hours and arrived at the top 45 min early. It took us about an hour and 15 min. with our kids aged 10 and 12. The trail was well marked and we had no problem staying on track in the dark. It was windy at the top so you might want an extra layer.

Sage Hiller
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Completed the ascent during the early morning hours on Independence Day 2020, to summit in time for sunrise. Began at the trailhead off of Park Loop Road at 3:08am and made it up to the top with 30min to spare ahead of the 4:54am sunrise. Comfortable hiking conditions temperature wise in the middle 50s despite being immersed in a fog bank until about 60% of the way up. Trail was wide and easy to follow even in the darkness and lower visibility. Unparalleled scenery once above the fog and clouds. The cost of acquiring a headlamp will all be worth it if you have this sunrise hike on your list!

Paige Bryce
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Great hike totally suggest hiking north to south the hike down from Cadillac to dorr mountain to gorge path was steep decline. We brought our dog, was dead tired but did well! Did 5.5 in 3 hours and 15 minutes

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Damon Delarosa
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Hiking

Nice hike for the family that gave my 8 and 10 yr olds enough of a challenge. We were the only ones on the trail heading up, but ran into multiple groups on our way down. Unfortunately the clouds and fog didn’t clear until we got back down.

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Nate Shalev
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beautiful views and very well marked. I would caution anyone with small or medium sized dogs. Our dog is a medium sized beagle and her paws got ripped up from having to climb all the rocks.

Stevie Farmer
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My first night-time hike. Did this sunrise hike on Sat 7/4. Started at 3:10am and got the top around 4:30am, so that allowed us to get a good spot for sunrise at 4:54am. Maine really needs to join the Atlantic Time Zone! Incredible sunrise! It felt weird hiking with a headlamp, but never felt scared or in danger.

Briana Silck
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Gina Henderson
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Hiking

A solid moderate trail - not difficult at all but a good workout going up and down. Lots of rock faces with steady inclines and a few stretches of small boulders and steps. Beautiful view from the top but there were two disappointments- first that you can drive up to the summit so it was crowded, and second that there were a lot of dogs on the trail. Normally I don’t mind hiking dogs but the trail is already pretty busy, and we had to stop a few times to wait for people to lift their dogs over rocks or get their dogs under control so we could pass. Just not a lot of room to get space on this trail on a busy day.

Elizabeth Fraser
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Beautiful hike up to the top of Cadillac! You can't beat the view of Bar Harbor and the Porcupine islands en route and at the summit. Lots of shade at the beginning but second half is very exposed to the sun, so make sure you have plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. The way down felt long, but that's how it goes.

Katelyn Chevalier
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HikingRocky

Great trail - went in August so it was VERY humid. View from the top was great even with overcast. Highly recommend.

Jessica Dziondziak
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HikingScramble

Started out at around 3AM to see the sunrise. Very well marked trail and very steep in some places but still worth the amazing views. You can't do much better in Acadia.

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Ben Keller
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Started at 6:45am and would highly recommend doing this early as there are a lot of exposed areas. Definitely harder than moderate and way more difficult than Beehive that is listed as hard. But, an amazingly fun hike and definitely a great sense of accomplishment when reaching the top. The views on the way back down of the island and Bar Harbor are incredible.

Kshama Rai
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HikingRocky

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.

Zachary phillips
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Is the trial open ?

H B
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Corinne Herlihy
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Emily Stevens
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Tessa Pemrick
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Jess Elizabeth
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HikingIcy

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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Alec G
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HikingIcy

beautiful enjoyable hike with some ice

Cam W.
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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.

Mark Castro
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Early morning hike for sunrise at the summit!

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