Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet, is the tallest mountain on Mount Desert Island and the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard. From October 7 through March 6 of each year, it is the first place to view a sunrise in the United States.
Millions of years ago, the earth's tectonic and volcanic forces pushed the land upward to form the mountains on the island. Then, during ice ages that followed, huge 1 - 2 mile high and slow moving glaciers sheared off the top leaving the rounded off appearance we see today.
Largely composed of pink granite, it is covered with spruce and pitch pine forests, tiny sub alpine plants (such as cinquefoil), short gnarled trees, wild blueberries, and boulders of all sizes and shapes.
The Park Loop Road winds approximately 3.5 miles to the summit and provides several key spots along the way where you can stop and take in the spectacular panoramic views.
On the northwestern side you will see Eagle Lake, Western Bay, and further inland. To the south, you will see the Cranberry Islands. To the northeast lies Bar Harbor, the Porcupine Islands, Bar Island, and in the distance, Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland.
Cadillac Mountain GPS: Latitude 44.352643; Longitude -68.224610
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