Cadillac Mountain

Elevation (feet): 1,533
Elevation (meters): 467
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: New England Upland
State: Maine
Latitude: 44.3528
Longitude: -68.2244
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Nearest major airport: Trenton, ME
Convenient Center: Bar Harbor

Cadillac Mountain is the highest mountain on Mount Desert Island in Maine. You can drive up it or hike it, whichever you prefer. Cadillac Mountain, named Green Mountain when it was still owned by John D. Rockefeller, is, like the other mountains on the Island, a relatively easy hike, sometimes requiring handholds and sometimes not. This all depends on which route you take. The four routes up are: 1. The Gorge Trail- 2 miles up a gradual valley until you reach a col in the ridge, where you make a direct b-line for the summit. 2. The North Ridge Trail- 2.2 miles up gradually, mostly on a ridge. You skim the road up the mountain twice and ascent is very slow. 3. West Ridge Trail. Starting at Bubble pond, this route is tough, very steep and direct. 4. South Ridge Trail. Very very gradual. Five miles, and the longest hike on the island.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Cadillac Mountain.

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  • Log #21939 - by Joe & Nathan Wonsetler on Feb 25, 2010
    Funny thing is that there were a lot of people at the summit area but did not see many unless you ran into them. Visibility was less than 10 yards. It was eerie because you would hear voices in...
  • Log #14667 - by Joe & Nathan Wonsetler on Sep 18, 2003
    Fog, fog, fog... On the 6th about 15 yds. of visibility. The moisture would cling and drip of of the hair on my entire exposed body in little droplets.
  • Log #14668 - by Ross Jones on June 30, 2003
    I am 10 yrs. old and this was my first mountain hike. I hiked with family members and we started from the Blackwoods campground, so I actually hiked an extra mile. Cadillac mountian was the first...
  • Log #14669 - by Pete Zona on Dec 01, 2002
    We climbed the North Ridge Trail to the summit. It was an easy climb ( I climbed Mt. Washington two years ago when I was eight years old) with nice views of the ocean. At the summit I attended two...