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Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 1,131 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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Facilities

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

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Reviews (212)
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robert miller
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Hiking

SO many stairs on this hike, but worth it! If you have trouble going down stairs, I’d suggest to take the north or south rim trail down. We took the north rim trail down, then connected to the starting trailhead via Jesup path. There are about 3 sections of the trail that you need to climb up a ladder on, but I would be comfortable allowing kids to do this as there is a big base underneath them and the ladders are only about 4-5 rungs (unlike the beehive hike).

Lori Smith
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Hiking

Fun trail, Endless steps and rail ladders

Samantha Klingelhofer
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Abbey Licht
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Fun hike! The stairs were a good challenge. Fairly populated trail until we came back down to Schiff’s path - didn’t see anyone here. I liked this portion quite a bit because we had a nice view of the harbor. Then walking back along the tarn was a nice cool down. Didn’t see any beavers but saw evidence of their work.

David Schoen
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HikingRocky

Great view up top. Lots of stairs and straight up. Definitely will do it again. Got to see beavers in the pond at the end of the hike.

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Emily Wertz
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Hiking

Did this trail June 14, 2020. About 65 degrees out and the perfect day to do such a strenuous trail. We brought our dog which it says not to but our dog is small enough to carry up the ladders and acts like a little goat. She did great but it’s advisable to not bring a dog. We’re in pretty good shape but needed a couple breaks going up as there must be a thousand stairs. There are 3 areas with ladders and iron rungs. These areas are very steep but nothing compared to beehive or precipice trails. Overall this trail was great; wonderful 360 views.

cynthia young
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Hiking

loved this!!

Cindy Puckett Groesbeck
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I am a little nervous of heights but the views are beautiful. Would do this again!

Corinne Herlihy
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Keri New
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Hiking

This is my favorite hike of all time (and I’m terrified of heights). Before the hike, I didn’t see a lot of reviews about it being steep, and maybe my fear is way more than others but there were parts up Dorr Mountain that made me a little weak. Still LOVE this trail, I also went a different route than I found on All Trails (not on purpose but because the hike up was so steep there was no way I was going back down that same way). From the trailhead you walk up about a million stairs, I’m in good shape and I had to take a few breaks, there are 2-3 ladders to climb that weren’t too bad and the views at the top were spectacular. As I mentioned, there was NO CHANCE I was going down the way I came up, way too steep for me. Opted for the backside of the mountain, which is also very steep but more so jumping down large boulders, and it was really fun. At the bottom we took a right down Gorge Trail and it was so beautiful. There are beautifully laid rock step path along a creek. I did this hike the 1st weekend of November so I can’t imagine how beautiful it would have been in the spring. At the end of Gorge Trail we took Hemlock to Jesup which connects to Kane Path at the pond where we took our shoes off and soaked our feet in the ice cold water then finished back to the trailhead. It was a very long strenuous hike, I think it took around 4 hours but we still talk about this hike all the time. It’s great!!

Jasper Clerx
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HikingIcy

Great trail with some nice views,however we started from the other side: Kurt Diedrich’s trail, with trail shoes, not spikes. We are moderate hikers. Took about 45m to get to the first signposts at a crossing. We followed the Schiff’s path and this is where it got a little bit tricky: water had went over the path and because of the recent temperatures it left some treacherous (albeit fun) ice plates on the trail. Some could be avoided by walking off the trail, others we had to carefully walk over. After another 25m we got to the next crossing. We noticed that the last bit of the Ladder Trail was impassable due to ice! Unless maybe wearing spiked shoes. We were happy we took the other way! We continued but turned back after 10m because we still had a long drive to go and did not want to end up too late at the next destination. I think the snowy and icy conditions will be worse when following to the very top. The trip down, also using the Shiff’s and Kurt’s pass lasted about 25m. Apart from the icy parts, I consider this trail moderate at most.

Hayden Sulkowski
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Hiking

I enjoyed this trail very much. It is a very good trail for a beginner looking for a challenge but not to Challenging.

Jasmine Pratt
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful! I am not in the best shape but I was still able to complete this! It took 2 and a half hours to do the loop. 3 ladders and lots and lots of stone steps. Totally worth it and will do it again!

Butch Gregory
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Hiking

Awesome hike. I'm a 60 year old male in good shape and it was challenging but glad I did it. I was already in the clouds when I got to the summit of Dorr so no point going on to Cadillac. Will definitely go back on a clear day.

Vaskar upadhyay
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Hiking

It's a short but taxing hike up the ladder..

Kris Giba
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HikingRockyScramble

This trail kicked my butt! It is like a stair stepper on the side of a mountain. Beautiful views though make it worth it. There were only about 3 ladders that weren’t too bad. We did it on a day that it misted rain all day and I would not recommend doing that. It was very Slippy in some areas! Overall awesome and strenuous hike but worth it.

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Liz Nevin
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Hiking

Lovely hike on a gorgeous fall day. The ascent is challenging but up up up to the top for wonderful views and a comfortable descent. Stone steps are beautiful and squeezing thru narrow rock crevasses add to the fun. I had my 40 lb dog and my 2 friends were able to lift her up the ladders.. Its doable but tricky. Highly recommend

Jennifer Smyth
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Danny Adams
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Hiking

Dorr isn’t super exciting. If you are taking this trail, go all the way up to Cadillac because that is a gorgeous view. Then take the Cadillac south ridge trail to cannon brook and that should get you close to the parking lot. At least then you’ll have some nice views. Took about 2.5 hours

Mark Nekic
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Hiking

A tough slog up a giant stone stair case. All the work of the Precipice hike, without any of the excitement!

matthew loitz
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Hiking

Interesting bridge work to start adjacent to a picturesque pond. The trail elves worked overtime on a staircase that ascends forever. The iron ladders are not a cause for any concern. I would recommend descending the South Ridge trail which has some fantastic views as another option. I moved at a consistent pace but wasnt rushing and finished in 1:50 min.

Brittany & Windsor Guzman
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Hiking

Great hike. Stair master on crack all the way up ladder trail lol. Beautiful descent with great views and walk along the lake with plenty of frogs. We made it up in 35 min which was a hard push up and relaxed up top with a nice cool down all the way down the loop. Also, you can bring a dog up the other trails to Dorr mountain that’s not the ladder trail. Definitely wouldn’t recommend going up ladder trail because of the one ladder section for dogs.

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Andrew Sandage
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Hiking

This was a great hike to start out my Acadia trip with. It's a good introduction to the ladder hikes (Beehive and Precipice Trails) but is quite a bit less popular. I think there was only one other group out there the morning that we went. While not as intense as the other ladder trails, it still has some challenge and very rewarding views.

Dan Kassner
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Hiking

Fantastic trail! Tough up the ladder path but then smooths out for great views and easy walk down the shift path to emery to jesup to Kane. Fantastic day!

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Allison Maynard
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HikingRocky

Super cool trail, lots of rock stairs and some iron ladder pieces and rugs for climbing up particularly steep parts. Went with my parents and we all did fine! Great views, challenging but a really good workout with different terrains.

Hope L.
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Brian Pinto
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HikingRocky

Great workout. Thus is a good hike for anyone looking for a challenge that has a variety of terrain and terrific views.

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