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Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path

Acadia National Park

Downeast + Acadia, Maine

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Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path

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  • The trail marker that denotes the beginning of your hike.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • The first trail junction after a short stretch of flat walking.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • Looking up the trail, which is surprisingly smooth due to a well-placed stone staircase.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • A good view of how smooth the path is.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • The walls that make up the Gorge.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • The junction between Door Mountain and Cadillac Mountain. This is the highest point of the Gorge Path.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • Frenchman's Bay from Dorr.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • Mount Desert Narrows from Dorr.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • Cadillac from the summit of Dorr.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • The north ridge of Dorr from the summit of Cadillac.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • A good view of the gorge between the mountains from Cadillac.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • The Atlantic from the summit of Dorr.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • Looking toward Schoodic from the summit of Dorr. This marks the meeting of the Mount Desert Narrows and the Atlantic Ocean.- Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
  • - Cadillac and Dorr Mountain via the Gorge Path
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Ocean views. Fun scrambles. Wild blueberries.
Cons: 
Crowds on Cadillac Mountain. Poorly marked trail.
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Region:
Downeast + Acadia, ME
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,740.00 ft (530.35 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Gorge Path is one of the most iconic trails in Acadia National Park, and it allows hikers to experience some of the best qualities of the park. Views of the ocean, inlet, and island are present from the summits of Cadillac Mountain (1,522 feet) and Dorr Mountain (1,270 feet), while old-growth forest and a bubbling stream entertain you on the way up. This is a great day hike that only takes three to four hours, leaving plenty of time to explore the rest of the park.

Beginning off Park Loop Road, hikers cross a small creek before walking for about a half-mile on an incredibly flat dirt trail. From here, the Gorge Path shows its most well-known feature, a set of more than 1,000 stone steps. While easier than stepping boulder to boulder, these large steps are reminiscent of a stair climber and do require a decent degree of fitness.

After finishing the steps, the trail turns into a steep path that eventually leads to a clearing that marks the highest point of the gorge. From here, you can continue 0.3 mile (one way) to the summit of Dorr Mountain or 0.4 mile (one way) to the summit of Cadillac. Both of these trails are fun scrambles that allow for a more creative path. Unfortunately, the blazes that mark each trail are faint and sometimes poorly placed. Make sure you stay on rock surfaces to ensure that plant life is not destroyed! That being said, there are copious amounts of wild blueberries lining both trails, so help yourself to a quick snack while on the move.

Do one or both of the summits for your hike and descend to the high point of the gorge. From here, return the way you came to your car. Watch your step on the way down, especially when there's been recent rain, as the rock becomes dangerously slick. Keep your hands free and go slowly!

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