After anxiously waiting for two days, because of heavy rains, a window of opportunity presented itself on Monday (6/7/10) for us to traverse Cadillac Mountain from south to north. Our original game plan was to hike with Keith (KBMMBM) on Saturday by spotting two vehicles and crossing Cadillac Mountain. However, with only one vehicle available, we decided to traverse Cadillac Mountain twice using the South Ridge Trailhead (at Route 3, near the Blackwoods campground) as our starting point; summiting Cadillac Mountain, descend via the North Ridge Trail then reversing the hike and thus ending back at our van.
The trail starts with well constructed granite steps on the north side of Route 3.
Evidence from the previous day?s rain resulted in a blending of trail and stream.
We reached Eagles Crag in 1.3 miles where there were views towards Champlain Mountain.
Out next milestone was reached in another 1.1 miles at the Featherbed where we enjoyed eating muffins purchased at Two Cats in Bar Harbor.
We reached the summit of Cadillac Mountain around noon and after a short stop proceeded through the crowded parking lot to the North Ridge trailhead and our descent to the Park Loop Road.
We reached the halfway point of our hike at 1:30 and after a short break turned around and began our ascent.
We once again reached the summit at 3:15 after a steady climb of 2.2 miles.
The scramble up the North Ridge Trail made us quite warm but the cool ocean breeze made the top of the mountain very pleasant.
After refueling ourselves we once again headed back via the South Ridge Trail and uneventfully completed our 11.5 mile hike at 5:30; then, headed to Bar Harbor for dinner at the West Street Caf? and afterwards dessert at Ben and Bills.
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Mike and Donna