Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail

MODERATE 92 reviews
#11 of 145 trails in

Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Gravel roadside parking just south of the Tarn (lake) on Route 3 (south of the Sieur de Monts Park Entrance).

hiking
7 days ago

NOT A DOG FRIENDLY TRAIL! But we still made it with my dog thanks to my hefty husband. This is a beautiful hike and definitely worth the trek.

hiking
9 days ago

My kids said that this trail was as in their computer game. We really had fun!
And when you're going down, you're passing through wild blueberry :-)
The only point, if your dog is heavier than 50 pounds and you cannot lift it up on yourself, better don't take it to this trail.

hiking
9 days ago

Ascend Dorr Ladder trail; descend Dorr Mt South Ridge, then return to car on Canon Brook/Kane Path. Not sure why it's called "Ladder" trail - should be "Endless Stone Steps!" Incredible workout going up (steps can get tedious staring down at feet), just when you think it's over - you still have a tough climb over exposed granite areas where the views really open up. Great views at summit, seeing all the crowds on adjacent Cadillac summit just above you. South ridge trail down is great thru some pine areas into the shade and quiet of tranquil Canon Brook - walking along the brook and beaver dams, crossing dams on wooden plank bridges back to the car. Parking lot is large off Rte 3, always plenty of space. A very difficult ascent - but overall a great loop hike with tons of variety and no crowds.

17 days ago

Not appropriate for dogs

hiking
18 days ago

Awesome trail however not dog friendly despite the description.

29 days ago

Did the trail as the map shows. This takes you up some steep steps and a few ladders. Definitely go all the way and see the summit. Amazing views, one of our favorite trails we’ve ever done.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with allot of stairs. Trail is well maintained and unique with granite forged steps that meander up and up. Slippery when wet!

3 months ago

Misrepresented by the name. This should be called the Stairs Trail. 2 or 3 iron ladders, with a little bit of vertical climbing at the beginning, followed by 30-45 minutes plus of stairs depending on your speed and endurance. A great trail but don't expect a bunch of ladders.

hiking
7 months ago

fun hike

hiking
7 months ago

It’s a challenging trail. Basically, you’re going straight up on stairs for 0.5 miles then climbing on rocks.

8 months ago

Good steady climb to beautiful vistas. Sturdy ladders are.part of the fun.

8 months ago

Very steep incline, but absolutely beautifully maintained and so very cool.

9 months ago

While a great hike, this trail is not dog friendly. There are ladders that need to be navigated that most dogs just can not handle. The summit can be reached via the Kane/Schiff trail

10 months ago

Lots of stairs as advertised but beautiful views. The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. There are a few rungs and a ladder but easy to navigate. It was a lot of uphill hiking but worth the view. We went up the ladder and back down the south side. Less trafficked than a lot of other Acadia trails.

10 months ago

Great hike fun for the kids lots of bouldering and steps...

10 months ago

So fun. Did it yesterday with my 2- 11 year olds. Went up the ladder and came down south ridge. Unfortunately fog rolled in so no views. But it was windy and exciting at the top. No crowds, a couple of ladders and rungs, many many stairs.

10 months ago

Fantastic hike. Not as busy as some of the others. Three metal ladders that you need to climb, and a very steep hike up stone steps for most of the trip to the top. Would put this in a "hard" or "moderate to hard" category, but so worth it. Fantastic views from the top. Hiked with kids age 10 and 12, an adventure for them but they enjoyed immensely. Would be tough trail for kids younger than 9.

11 months ago

Hard incline but awesome feeling when you finish! Not easy

11 months ago

This trail is misnamed. It is the Stairs trail!

11 months ago

a challenge to complete but the views are great.

11 months ago

Steeeeeeeeeeep, stairs after stairs! What a fun trail.

11 months ago

I love hard uphill hiking so this was perfect for me. Very challenging but super fun to climb the ladders!

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Great climb....beautiful views!!

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tough trail in places, I would do it again.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hard. Not kid friendly.

hiking
Friday, June 02, 2017

Though relatively short, this hike is steep and has a long stone staircase to the top. I've seen off leash dogs on this trail. In the summer, you can pick blueberries at the top and enjoy the beautiful view :)

hiking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Be prepared to climb! This trail was fun and worth the climb but there are a ton of steps! Rock steps of various heights, the 3 ladder sections on this hike a baby could do, this is not a hard hike just time consuming, took about an hour went up ladder and down door summit, once you think your don't climbing to the top you come to a steeper rock slick follow the cairns there helpful! The day we went was super foggy so we were glad they were there to help guide us in the right direction! Coming down was a bit harder due to it being wet and slick but very doable! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

steep but nice hike

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Excellent hike!

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

This trail is harder than moderate. There are ladders and it is stepping up the entire way. Hand work is also required. For those hiking with sneakers, this will be a challenge, you need good gripping shoes. My boots slipped on this trail and it was the only time I slipped my entire stay in the park.

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