Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Bar Harbor with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Wonderful experience! During the loop, take the Cadillac Cliffs trail, which merges back after a stretch, for little caves and a small scramble. Lots of interesting geology and great views. Kids loved it. Would do again.

GreTa trail. surprisingly not to busy. The views!!!

Really nice trail with amazing views along the ridge going towards the summit. Only downside was its proximity to the cars driving on the summit road... you could hear them much of the way up and at points the trail runs near the road. Did this as a sunrise hike because we got up too late to hike the south ridge. However, the views were still great, and we sat to watch the sunrise along the ridge to avoid the massive crowds on the summit.

Kid friendly, dog friendly, incredible views! Crowded, but not unreasonably so for a weekend, and everyone was friendly. A few spots where lifting my dog was necessary, but probably could have navigated differently.

Wonderful views that you can only find along the coast of Maine!

hiking
1 day ago

The main path is a mostly flat, boring gravel path alongside a road. Every 100 ft or so there are small capillary paths that lead to magnificent cliffside views, each with its own magic. It’s worth taking each diversion.

Chose this route from the summit of Cadillac mountain, after taking the Gorge path to the top. Nice route that somewhat follows the summit road. We had parked near the Gorge path entrance from the park loop road, which was about 1/2 mile walk back to our vehicle on exiting this trail.

hiking
1 day ago

1st significant hiking trip, previous trips had been much less elevation. Nice hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail for views and young families. Wide short trail to the water.

This hike was great! I went with my family of 6 with my husband and kids ages 12, 10, 7, and 4 months old. We hiked along the beach starting at the sand beach parking lot. We climbed on the cliffs. Then we went up the gorham mountain trail. We took the cliff path and loved it! The top of the gorham mountain is beautiful.

Great hike, but be sure to come early (~9:00AM) or it is a zoo. The Directions (GPS coordinates) take you to the Sand Beach P lot, from where you take the Ocean Trail (pleasant stroll) past Thunderhole (a zoo) to the Gorham trail P lot (small, no bathrooms) and trailhead. The hike up is moderately strenuous with a few mini rock climbs and ‘gorges’ that are good fun for older kids (e.g., young teens). The terrain is pretty rocky overall, we found our hiking boots and poles helpful. Great views across the top of the mountain. The descend (or climb, depending which way you come) on the other end of the mountain, closer to Bowl trail, is less steep and offers a few trail extensions or shortcuts depending on your interests and stamina. The Bowl trail end was very crowded, lots of ppl getting started, by the time we got there and finished our hike (12:00 PM).

Absolutely beautiful and so worth it. The views are AMAZING. I recommend packing a lunch and taking your time to enjoy the scenery.
Make sure you wear good shoes! Some rocks were slick.

Took this down from the summit after ascending Precipice - great views of Bar Harbor from the top. Take orange/black path as a shortcut to the Precipice parking lot.

Went up in early August. Good, fairly intense hike with well-marked trails. The day before was foggy so we decided to wait a day and it was a great decision. We’re all in pretty good shape (aging from 15 to 50) and it took an hour and fifteen minutes going up with stops for water breaks and pictures.

This is one of my favorite things to do in Acadia National Park but again I missed the sunset or sunrise from here on this trip. The view from the summit of Cadillac Mountain and from anywhere along this summit loop is absolutely memorable. One thing I did differently about this trip is to bring along a nice 70-300mm zoom lens so I was able to bring far away subject closer on this latest trip.

Did it in late June with a family of 4 of varying physical fitness levels. Awesome views and a very well marked trail.

Great time easy walk lots of people out there

Great hike! All up up up to the summit with breathtaking views at the top! I think this route should be rated hard because there’s no let up in the ascent, but it’s worth it!

walking
7 days ago

great way to see the world beneath you..breathtaking. the trail itself is easy.

mountain biking
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

This is a nice trail that winds up a gorge to Cadillac Mountain peak. The trail is very straight forward and easy to follow but be warned, the trail up is a long set of stairs. it's about a mile and a half of the most beautifully created steps that are easy to climb and are not to awkward to navigate. The views at the top are breathtaking. It's about a 2-3 hour hike up and down. While the app shows it from the summit down then up I would suggest starting from the bottom trail head so you climb fresh and then the trek down is not so bad when your a little tired. Your knees will thank you. Saw some deer, a snake (nothing dangerous), and a few chipmunks. It's a good climb if you're in fairly good shape but anyone can make it with a little patience. Wear trail walking shoes as apposed to hiking boots, the slight weight reduction will make for a more pleasurable hike.

I started at a parking lot on Otter Cliff Rd and took the Ocean Path to the Gorham Mtn. Trailhead. The trail is beautiful and not very strenuous. The grade is steady and there are really no technical areas. However, the earlier you start, the cooler and less crowded it will be. The trail becomes increasingly crowded as one makes their way down the north end of Gorham Mtn, as this area is an intersection for many trails, including the very popular Beehive. After descending from the North side of Gorham, we took the pretty but very crowded Ocean Path back to the road. There are many small spurs off the main path that take you to some very nice picture/rest spots.

Great hike through a scenic gorge alongside and across a mountain stream. The steps are so well laid it looks almost natural. The steps are also the key to this very steep trail that requires attention and fitness, but not great skills, to enjoy.

As others noted, the views along the ridge are spectacular. Nothing complicated or advanced here, so the moderate rating is spot on. The trail does require stamina to make it up, but there are plenty of good rest stops along the way if you need them. The top of the mountain has no shade, so planning a early start would avoid the summer heat. It will also give you a chance at a parking spot near the trail head. This trail is a easy descent and makes a nice loop with the gorge trail.

Lovely stroll. My husband and I 2alked the path and loved looking out into the harbor to one side and historical building and sites on the other. Very easy and some climbing spots if you are adventurous.

I would rate this trail moderate-hard. The climb is quite steep on many sections on the way up, but totally worth it! Amazing views from every direction! The temperature dropped considerably at the top.

Really cool relatively moderate hike (closer towards easy). I completed with my retired mom and uncle without any problem. Beautiful views and almost no one on the trail. Very refreshing getaway from the crowds of Sand Beach below. Do the full loop and don’t just do one side- both have amazing views and there’s a switchback midway if going back to sand beach.

trail running
12 days ago

North bubble is definitely the better of the two. That said, you’re adding a half mile to do both, so it’s worth doing both. The north provides amazing vistas of the Jordan Pond.

hiking
12 days ago

Absolutely stunning trail. It ranges in difficulty from easy to fairly challenging in parts. I wouldn’t recommend the whole thing for novice hikers. I descended Dorr mountain on the south side and connected to south side Cadillac Mountain Trail and ascended from there. The Canon Brook trail had a tough ascent in parts and went through some beautiful stream areas and lots of wildlife with hardly anyone on it in early August (prime season).

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