Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
#22 of 123 trails in

Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail is a 1.9 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.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1148 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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
2 days ago

Tough trail in places, I would do it again.

hiking
6 days ago

Hard. Not kid friendly.

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20 days ago

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23 days ago

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25 days ago

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 :)

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28 days ago

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7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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!

8 months ago

steep but nice hike

9 months ago

Excellent hike!

hiking
9 months ago

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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9 months ago

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10 months ago

Not a bad trail if you like to exert yourself however wasn't much fun in sunny 80 degree heat.

10 months ago

While the summit views were impressive, I found the step vertical and stone stairs became the main focus instead of the hike and it's surroundings. It was strenuous and well, not terribly fun because there were few breaks in the vertical climb. I'm sure most will disagree but I thought there were better hikes to be experienced in Acadia.

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike with awesome views. The trailhead is not well marked but if you just go past the Tarn from the north on Hwy 3, look for a wide gravel area on the right. The trailhead is at the tree edge. Talk about step engineering, this is a stairmaster climb that won't disappoint. Only three iron ladders and not as scary as Beehive or Precipice, the Ladder trail gives you a great workout and then hits the Schiff/Dorr Mountain rocky slope to the top. We loved seeing all the people on top of Cadillac while we virtually had Dorr all to ourselves. There are many options to take at the top, e.g. you can continue on the Gorge trail to Cadillac, or you can go back down the Ladder trail, or you can go take the East Face/Schiff trail to the Tarn, OR you can take the South Ridge Trail down to the Canon/Kane trail back to the parking area. Highly recommend this hike.

11 months ago

Love this trail. A little strenuous going up but man its well worth it. Hiked it on July 19 2016. A definite must for any hiker that wants a good trail. It is straight up most of the way. But well worth the effort

hiking
11 months ago

If you enjoy the stair master (who does?) you'll enjoy this trail! Many stone steps to climb with a few iron rungs/ladders. Steep trail but well worth the view! Great workout!