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Hiking Cadillac Mountain – Acadia National Park


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Cadillac Mountain is infamous for it’s incredible views, and of course, the first point in the U.S. to see the sunrise. On Mount Desert Island within Acadia National Park, this mountain offers fantastic hiking trails, as well as a short drive or bike ride up to the summit. In this article, we cover your cadillac mountain hiking options

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Height: 1,530 Feet (466 meters)
Distance: 4.4 miles (7.08 km) Round Trip
Elevation Gain: 1,150 feet (350.52 meters)
Duration: 2-5 hours
Difficulty: Easy-Intermediate


Trail Maps

Cadillac Mountain Hiking Trail Map

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Cadillac Mountain Trail Map



North Ridge Trail – 4.4 Miles Round Trip | 1,530 Feet Elevation Gain

The North Ridge Trail is probably the most popular option up to the summit. It features a steady gain up Cadillac, gorgeous views, and is just an all around fun trail.


West Face Trail – 3.1 Miles Round Trip | 1,309 Feet Elevation Gain

This is the shortest and steepest route up Cadillac. It features extremely cool views of Bubble Pond and Eagle lake. This is a great quick option if you love rock faces and steeper hiking.


South Ridge Trail – 7 miles Round Trip | 1,350 Feet Elevation Gain

The South Ridge trail begins off of Route 3 across from the Blackwoods Campground. Hikers can choose to park here, and campers at the campground can follow a .7 mile path to the trailhead as well. This is one of the most common routes up Cadillac due to the diverse views. It is one of the longest trails in Acadia.


How Long Does It Take To Hike Up Cadillac Mountain?

The average individuals will take around 2.5 hours to hike to the summit. Longer Trails, like the South Ridge Trail will take just over 3 hours typically. Frequent hikers can summit via North Ridge Trail, or West Face trail in under an hour and a half.


Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain

The sunrise on Cadillac Mountain is absolutely gorgeous. With 360 degree views of the surrounding bays, lakes and mountains, it is a must for every traveler to watch. Be sure to time your hike correctly so that you make it before sunrise! Bring headlamps. If your feeling lazy, you can also drive up. Here is a great article on driving up Cadillac Mountain for sunrise.

Cadillac Mountain Sunrise


Weather Forecast

Bar Harbor, ME

Mostly clear, with a low around 35. West wind 9 to 13 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 42. Northwest wind 13 to 18 mph.

Monday Night
Clear, with a low around 31. West wind 8 to 12 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 13 to 22 mph.

Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southwest wind around 21 mph.

A chance of rain after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 22 to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night
A chance of rain before 11pm, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Northwest wind around 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.



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West Face Trail Views

West Face Trail Views

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, backcountry skier, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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