Hancock County Highpoint Trip Report
Cadillac Mtn (1,530+ feet)
Date: June 3, 2010
Author: Roy Wallen
Maine State Completion
I decided to complete the whole hike on foot rather than drive to a trailhead.
The day was a nice one for walking but not for seeing anything. It was foggy
and windy in town with temperatures in the middle 60s.
From the center of Bar Harbor, I proceeded south on Main Street to Cromwell
Harbor Drive. Turned right onto Cromwell Harbor Drive to Kebo Drive and then
left to Park Loop Road. I turned right, walking against the flow of traffic on
the loop road, until I reached the Strath Eden Trail. Headed up the relatively
flat Strath Eden Trail to the Hemlock Trail, onto which I turned right and
started to ascend. At the end of the Hemlock Trail, I turned right onto the
Gorge trail and followed the gorge up the (fortunately) dry stream bed.
At the top of the gorge, the Cadillac-Dorr trail appeared on the right
and I took it the last 0.5 mile to the summit.
Once on the ledges, the rain started, the fog got thicker, and the wind picked up.
I estimated 30 mph winds on the open ledges with about 30 feet of visibility.
On the ledges, I lost the marked trail – marked with blue blazes
and cairns – but was able to follow my GPS bearing through the mist. I reached
the parking lot (nearly literally stumbled on it) and still followed the GPS
toward the summit. Through the mist, I saw the summit center and stopped into
get my bearings and enjoy a warm, dry spot.
Left the summit center and made my way the remaining hundred feet or so to the
true summit. Wandered around in the mist and rain for a while in the hope of
touching the actual highpoint. The best-effort rule needed to be applied here.
I did not want to descend through the steep and rocky gorge where the rocks
would be slippery so I got a recommendation from a ranger at the summit center
to take the Cadillac Mountain North Ridge trail (which must be the record length
for a trail name) down the 2.2 miles to the park road. Fortunately, the rain
eased as I descended and had almost stopped by the time I reached the Park Loop Road.
Following this road with the traffic -– and thankful for my bright red shell –
I returned Kebo Drive and retraced my steps back to the center of town.
Estimated mileage was about 10 miles total (about half of which was on National Park trails);
total time was about 5 hours, including quite a bit of time at the top.