Dorr Mountain Loop
2 reviews Acadia National Park #14 hike out of 111 in
1 hrs 41 min
This is a easy loop trail in Acadia National Park.
This trail goes by Dorr Mountain.
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For most people, Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail is a moderate hike, not an easy one. I would advise against it for anyone with heart disease or other serious health problems. Our hike began with an unexpected could cover, but it was a surprisingly warm November day. The hike starts off with a very short connector trail to the lay by parking by Route 3, then intersects with the Canon Brook Trail. Shortly afterwards the trail turns into a very long, steep staircase of granite steps, which are in good condition, but not evenly formed like stairs in a modern building. There are a couple places where steel ladders allow hikers to get over short cliffs faces, and then the trail becomes less steep as it approaches the summit. The clouds began to break as we reached the peak, but a strong wind had us looking for a sheltered place to eat our lunch. No one else was on the mountaintop while we were there. Descending via the Dorr Mountain South Ridge Trail in the strengthening sun was very pleasant. Then we took the Canon Brook Trail back towards the parking area, which passes close by a couple ponds. We saw our first other hiker of the day on this trail, and he was going up it as we came down. A connector trail at the intersection of the Kane Path and the Canon Brook Trail has a lovely new footbridge going by a beaver dam. We walked out on this to get a lovely view up the The Gorge towards Huguenot Head and Mount Champlain. Continuing along the Kane Path we completed our loop hike. Overall a good short workout, and not overcrowded like many other hikes in Acadia can be.★ ★ ★ ★