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Acadia National Park, Maine, United States

Cadillac Mountain - Acadia National Park

Be the first to see the sun rise in the United States!

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.0 miles / 6.4 km
Duration: Half day
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Overview: Cadillac Mountain is a must-do for anyone visiting Acadia National Park. There are multiple trails up the 1,500 foot mountain but I think the best is the South Ridge from near Otter Creek. There is also a summit road that is open May-Fall that can be accessed on the Park Loop Road just south of Eagle Lake Road east of Eagle Lake. From the open summit you will be the first person to view the sun rising on the East Coast so make sure you find a way to make it up to the top before dawn. If you are ambitious the 4 mile trail in this guide will take you over a beautiful open ridge to the top.

Tips: Both the trail and the road are accessible from the Park Loop Road.
The trail starts from Champlain Drive (Route 3) just west of Otter Creek and the summit road starts on the Park Loop Road just south of Eagle Lake Road (Rte. 233).

There is a $10 car fee to enter the park.

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Trailhead for Cadillac Mountain

There is only one trail up to the top. Start heading up. You'll soon find yourself on an exposed ridge towards the top with spectacular views. This hike is 4 miles long to the top.

Cadillac Summit Road

Start your drive to the top here. It is just off of the Park Loop Road just south of the intersection with 233 (Eagle Lake Road).

Summit of Cadillac Mountain

You are now at 1,528 feet above sea level. If you climbed from the road this is how much elevation you gained since you started pretty much on the Atlantic. Enjoy the views out over the Atlantic from this open summit. Tip: Drive up here just before dawn to be the first person in the U.S. to see the sun rise!
Pictures in this guide taken by: JonathanEllinger, HughYeman, rptrekker, Roscoevm, noberholtz, ahhhfresh

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