Acadia National Park: Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Loop

This 10.3-mile dayhike traverses the rugged topography of Mt. Desert Island, leading to a broad summit high above an island-speckled sea.
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This 10.3-mile dayhike traverses the rugged topography of Mt. Desert Island, leading to a broad summit high above an island-speckled sea.

Mapped by Shannon Davis

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 14.6

Waypoints

DES001

Location: 44.3058013916016, -68.2072143554688

Head NW on Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail

DES002

Location: 44.3127822875977, -68.2150115966797

Turn L @ 4-way onto ME 3 for road walk, descending SW

DES003

Location: 44.308967590332, -68.2221832275391

Scramble down Hunters Brook's banks to Park Loop Rd.; turn R onto road. In 500 ft., bear R onto Hunters Brook Trail; hike N up wooded ravine

DES004

Location: 44.3237800598144, -68.2308731079102

Cross carriage road

DES005

Location: 44.3217658996582, -68.2368316650391

Turn R (N) @ 4-way onto Pemetic Trail; cross small saddle, bypassing the Triad's 690-ft. summit on L

DES006

Location: 44.3264350891113, -68.240234375

Straight @ 4-way; steep ascent ahead

DES007

Location: 44.3289489746094, -68.2429962158203

Keep straight, heading N @ 3-way for traverse of summit ridge. In .5 mi., walk across Pemetic's rocky crown

DES008

Location: 44.3376007080078, -68.2453536987305

Bear R @ Y, descending N ridge

DES009

Location: 44.3487014770508, -68.2413635253906

Go L onto carriage road. In 500 ft., reconnect with trail on R side. Ahead, wrap around N tip of Bubble Pond; steep climb E

DES010

Location: 44.3470840454102, -68.2292861938476

Turn L @ T onto Cadillac Mtn. South Ridge Trail

DES011

Location: 44.3521347045898, -68.2239532470703

Cadillac Mtn.: Exposed granite summit is tallest on Atlantic coast. Cranberry Isles to S. Retrace to WPT 10; straight @ 3-way

DES012

Location: 44.3382034301758, -68.2265396118164

Straight @ 4-way; continue S on ridge

DES013

Location: 44.3264389038086, -68.2204437255859

Bear L @ Y onto Eagles Crag. In .3 mi., turn L @ 3-way for hike to WPT 2; backtrack to trailhead