Acadia National Park - Ladder Trail Loop

This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
The Ladder Trail Loop features a trail with three short ladders that lead to the summit of Dorr Mountain with panoramic views of Mount Desert Island, the ocean, and the outer islands. 
Trail Activity
3.3 miles, Loop
Bar Harbor
Dirt/Forest Floor
Not Permitted


The Ladder Trail rises steeply with over 90% being granite steps. Three short ladders allow passage over massive granite boulders. This trail may not be suitable for very small children or those with a fear of heights. The Ladder Trail terminates at the junction of the Schiff Path. The hike continues to the left up the granite slope. This section of trail is not recommended in wet weather.

The Schiff Trail terminates at the junction of the Dorr North and South Ridge Trails. A left on the South Ridge Trail leads to the summit at 1,270 feet. Here there are panoramic views of Mount Desert Island, the ocean, and the outer islands. The Dorr South Ridge Trail continues to offer nice views at it descends into a predominately pine forest. The trail terminates at the junction of the Canon Brook Trail. A left on Canon Brook leads through a deciduous forest. The Canon Brook Trail turns right at the junction of the Kane Path. Continue straight to reach the Ladder Trail and complete the loop. At the junction of the Ladder Trail, a right leads back to the parking area.

Other Information

The Ladder Trail is one of the oldest stone step trails in the park. The trail was build by Waldron Bates, chairman of the Bar Harbor Village Improvement Paths and Trail Committee.

Dogs are not allow on the Ladder Trail.

Geocaching is prohibited within Acadia National Park; however, the park does sponsor an EarthCache Program for those seeking a virtual treasure hunt!

Trail Manager

Visit Acadia National Park online for more information or contact:

National Park Service, Acadia National Park

National Park Service, Acadia National Park
PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone: (207) 288-3338

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Trailhead Information

Starting from ME State Route 3, turn off at the Hulls Cove Entrance to the park and the beginning of the Park Loop Road. Follow the Park Loop road 2.8 miles before turning left onto the one way section towards Sand Beach. Exit the Park Loop Road at Sieur de Monts to reach ME State Route 3, then turn right. The parking is along the shoulder just past, south of, a small body of water called The Tarn on the right. The is no sign for parking or the trailhead. Look for the Ladder Trailhead marker along the brush line.

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Trail Alerts

COVID-19 Closures in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is under limited operations due to COVID-19. Some facilities may not be available and staffing may be limited. Visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly and should practice social distancing, personal hygiene, and other behaviors to avoid infection in public areas. Visitors should not rely upon site staff to ensure their protection from contagious disease.

Please note the following restrictions in place as of June 1:

  • The Park Loop Road and most hiking trails are open
  • Carriage roads are open for pedestrian use only as crews continue work on blow downs, trenches and other hazards caused by winter storms. Bicycles and horses are prohibited until repairs are completed.
  • Rangers providing limited services in open air tents outside the Hulls Cove Visitor Center
  • Campgrounds will open no sooner than July 1
  • All persons entering Maine must quarantine for 14 days
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited
  • The Island Explorer bus service is indefinitely postponed for 2020

Visit Acadia's website for more specifics about which trails and facilities are open and which remain closed.


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