Dorr Mountain Cannon Brook Loop Trail

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Dorr Mountain Cannon Brook Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The moderate loop or out and back Ladder Trail offers great views along a steep granite step and iron ladder climb to the top of Dorr Mountain in Acadia National Park. Hike up the long row of steps that hugs the cliffs. Then come to a set of three ladders, none of which are as exposed as the ladders and iron rungs on Beehive or Precipice. More steps take you to the Schiff Path, aka the Dorr Mountain East Face Trail / Dorr Mtn. trail to continue up the mountain climbing along more moderate exposed rock slopes (not recommended when wet). Once at the trail intersection near the top of Dorr Mountain, a left on the Ridge Trail leads to the summit at 1,270 feet, with awesome panoramic views of Mount Desert Island, the ocean, and the outer islands.. The summit offers 360 degree with the taller Cadillac Mountain to the west. To complete the loop hike, one good option is to continue hiking down the Dorr Mountain South Ridge Trail. This route descends at a moderate rate. Once the trail reaches the base of the mountain take a left on the Canon Brook Trail and another turn at the Kane trail (aka The Tarn Trail) back to the trailhead. Alternatively you can go down the Schiff trail. The Ladder Trail terminates at the junction of the Schiff Path. Continue with the Schiff/East Face trail to the next right turn which descends to the Tarn trail running along the Tarn back to the Ladder trailhead and parking area. The Ladder Trail is one of the oldest stone step trails in the park and offers a great workout. The trail was build by Waldron Bates, chairman of the Bar Harbor Village Improvement Paths and Trail Committee.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Awesome hike. Great trail up. Many steps and a couple of ladders. Get there by sunrise snd youll have the trail and summit to yourself. Will be back on this trail

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Very nice trip! The videos are fantastic!!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Lots fun

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2 months ago

Reality fun to do and the ladder trail offered a little bit of a challenge too.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Could have used more ladders. Second half of the loop was not as exciting as I hoped. Still beautiful though. Great workout!

4 months ago

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5 months ago

I have done this hike a few times. It is one of my favorite hikes. Today was extra challenging because the rocks were wet from recent rain but extra beautiful because of the mini waterfalls coming over the cliffs after the rain.

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9 months ago

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

This is less about ladders and rock scrambles and more about endurance. The first half of the hike (Dorr Mt. Ladder trail) is the stairmaster from hell. The summit is very rewarding with beautiful views. The second half is basic sloped rocks and a lot of stepping down. Not our favorite, but it was a great workout.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Awesome trail with lots of leg workout included free of charge. Just did this yesterday from The Tarn. There were only a few iron ladders and it was still wet when we ascended. I would recommend being careful and also not really good for kids under 7 as some of the steps are tall step ups and footing can be tricky.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

great hike, no crowds.

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Monday, July 04, 2016