Acadia Part IV: Cadillac Mountain

Something that always makes the list of places to go in Acadia is Cadillac Mountain. By far the most iconic location in Acadia, it has a few reasons to make the quick jaunt to the top. The most obvious one is that it is the highest point of the eastern coast.

Depending on the time of the year, it is the first place in the United States to see the sun. Due to that fact, during peak tourist season, hundreds of people gather at the top every morning to greet the new day. For a photographer, this is a frustrating fact. If you don’t arrive early, you will have a hard time finding a good spot that isn’t taken or blocked by onlookers. More often than not, I have had to simply accept the fact that people will be in the shot, and taken them out later in Photoshop.

Sunrise isn’t the only time to visit the mountain though. It offers a nearly 360-degree view of the park and surrounding land. The long winding road up the mountain is dotted with turn offs for people to stop and take in the various views of the mountains, lakes, and coastline. Once you get to the top, a short mile long loop trail takes you a long the vista, which overlooks Bar Harbor and most of the loop road.

This location is not recommended for those looking to get away from the crowd. If the weather is anywhere close to nice, the area is crowded, with tour buses pulling in most days. The only time I have seen it near empty is in extreme windy and rainy conditions, in which case there is no view anyway.

I still make the trip up at least once during my trips because it has given me some great shots in the past. If conditions are right, low-lying fog comes n from the ocean covering all the land under a few hundred feet tall. Suddenly you are on a small island with the peaks of a few other mountains poking through. You won’t regret the stop.

Until next time, happy shooting.


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