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Trip Reports and Trail Conditions => Maine => Topic started by: surf88 on May 12, 2015, 12:14:18 PM

Title: Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail
Post by: surf88 on May 12, 2015, 12:14:18 PM
We spent the past week on Mt Desert Island.  Saturday I hiked Dorr Mountain via the Ladder Trail and Schiff Path.  The trail ascends pretty steeply to the 1200 foot summit on mostly granite steps and a few ladders. 
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My favorite part of the trail was the little slot canyon you had to go through
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The sea breeze made the air chilly and foggy.  Even though it was in the 70s and sunny in land it was 48 and foggy in Acadia.   As I got to the top of the ladder trail I entered the clouds and caught my last view while ascending looking down to my car in the valley.
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On the Schiff Path there was unique cairns and large slabs to walk on that were pretty slick.
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Near the summit the Schiff Path meets the Dorr Ridge Trail and you follow it for .2 miles to the summit.  The summit was cloudy, cold and windy.
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Its probably not recommended to descend the same way I came because of the steep slick rock but I decided to following the Ladder Trail back down.  I didn't see anyone else for my entire hike.