Dorr Mountain and Cadillac Mountain

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On my way to the trail head via the famous "park loop"

No long car rides today, today would be spent completely inside Acadia National Park. After a short visit to the visitor center, which was technically seen my first hike, since one had to climb a stair of 53 steps to get there, I decided to aim for two hikes today. One to Dorr Mountain and Cadillac Mountain, the other to Great Head (see next log).

As mentioned yesterday, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point in the park. Its peak towers 466 meters (1530 feet) above sea level which can be seen from the top, making it almost 100 meters higher than the last mountain with sea view I visited, the Christoffelberg on Curaçao.

Nice views
It is the highest point on the US coast, even the highest point on the Atlantic coast until Yucatán in Mexico! During fall and winter the summit of Mount Cadillac is the point in the US that first sees the rising sun.

Until 1993 the summit could be reached via a mountain train line and at that time a hotel was situated on the top of Mount Cadillac. Both are not present anymore. The only way now, is by car, as I did yesterday, or hike the mountain. I did that today. There are several access trails to the summit, I chose the one via its respectable neighbor, Mount Dorr, which with 387 meters (1270 ft) is probably the 3rd tallest mountain in the park.

I started at about 22 meters above sea level and took a really steep climb over a nicely constructed stone stair. Other visitors at the visitor center had warned me about the stairs being impassable due to snow.

Nice views
I did not quite understand that since there were exactly 10 steps that had a thin layer of ice on it, further on the road was excellent, in no way comparable to my Catskill Blackhead experience a few weeks ago.

After reaching Dorr Mountain Summit the view on Cadillac gave the impression it would be an easy hike. How wrong was I! I first had to descent about 75 meters into a steep ravine, climb out of it, and then climb the height difference between Dorr and Cadillac. I had Mount Dorr all by myself, Cadillac was crowded with noisy car visitors.

My descent went via and through the earlier mentioned ravine. That seemed easier than climbing back to Dorr. And again I was wrong. The trail through the ravine turned out to be a hike through a rather wild streaming brook. I was very happy with my water resistant hiking boots.

More pictures below!

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On my way to the trail head via th…
On my way to the trail head via t…
Nice views
Nice views
Nice views
Nice views
On my way to the trail head via th…
On my way to the trail head via t…
The first part of the trail, the E…
The first part of the trail, the …
Nice rock colours
Nice rock colours
Nice rock shapes
Nice rock shapes
Nice rock colours
Nice rock colours
Nice trees as well!
Nice trees as well!
The Tarn, a local lake
The Tarn, a local lake
Nice views
Nice views
The trails in Acadia are marked by…
The trails in Acadia are marked b…
The trails in Acadia are marked by…
The trails in Acadia are marked b…
From the summit of Dorr Mountain C…
From the summit of Dorr Mountain …
... butt one has to go through a s…
... butt one has to go through a …
Since Canada is close Maine has th…
Since Canada is close Maine has t…
View from Cadillac Mountain summit
View from Cadillac Mountain summit
View from Cadillac Mountain summit
View from Cadillac Mountain summit
This is the Snickers candybar I bo…
This is the Snickers candybar I b…
My descent via a brook (the Gorge …
My descent via a brook (the Gorge…
The last part of the hike was via …
The last part of the hike was via…
The last part of the hike was via …
The last part of the hike was via…
The GPS altitude profile
The GPS altitude profile
Cadillac Mountain - ME
photo by: mdalamers