Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews
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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
1131 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).

8 days 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
4 months ago

fun hike

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

6 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

7 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.

7 months ago

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

7 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.

7 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.

8 months ago

Hard incline but awesome feeling when you finish! Not easy

8 months ago

This trail is misnamed. It is the Stairs trail!

8 months ago

a challenge to complete but the views are great.

8 months ago

Steeeeeeeeeeep, stairs after stairs! What a fun trail.

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Great climb....beautiful views!!

hiking
9 months ago

Tough trail in places, I would do it again.

hiking
9 months ago

Hard. Not kid friendly.

hiking
10 months 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 :)

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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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

Monday, August 15, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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
Saturday, July 02, 2016

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!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

We hiked this trail in mid June 2016. The trail is a steep ascent on beautiful granite steps with a couple of short ascents via iron ladders up rocks. After the steep ascent on the ladder trail, you will continue up via granite ledge. At the top there is a 360 degree view. Cadillac Mt, Champlain Mt, the ocean ... beautiful! We came down the Southridge Trail which is a descent through scrub pines over granite ledge - a beauty all its own!

hiking
Monday, July 06, 2015

This hike is challenging but fun! Beautiful rock stairs coupled with some ladders are the majority of the hike. The view is very nice, you can see Cadillac Mountain and all of Bar Harbor.

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