Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

Come to Acadia and you'll earn your lobster.
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Come to Acadia and you'll earn your lobster.

Earn your lobster on the South Ridge Trail, which climbs sharply to Cadillac's broad ridge crest. There, nonstop views of Acadia's peaks, the surrounding ocean, and a constellation of islands accompany you all the way to the park's highest summit. The hike is 7 miles out and back from the trailhead on ME 3, near Blackwoods Campground. Start well before dawn and you'll beat the crowds and catch a spectacular summit sunrise.

drive time: Portland: 3 hours

guides:New England Hiking, by Michael Lanza ($20). Trails Illustrated map Acadia National Park/Isle au Haut #212 (800-962-1643; www.backpacker.com/mapstore; $10).

Contact: Acadia National Park, (207) 288-3338; www.nps.gov/acad