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Acadia National Park attracts more than two million visitors each year. With many different facilities and attractions in the park, there is something to interest everyone. Hiking, and Mountain Biking are among the most popular activities in Acadia National Park. There are freshwater, estuary, forest, and intertidal habitats.
This is a partly technical trail that does parallel ridge edge traverses and ladder and rung climbing. I highly recommend this trail for anyone not afraid of heights. There are rock scrambles and beautiful views.
You need to be able to lift yourself up, climb cliff face ladders and have an adventurous spirit.
Don't let the descriptions scare you off. You need to be careful. Beyond that it is a blast.
Go for it!
Our group are all in their late sixties. No probs!
The trail begins across from the Beech Mountain lot. It is a smooth stone dust road up to the Beech Cliffs. Easy moderate ascent up to a cliff top loop with beautiful views of Echo Lake and East to the bay. The cliff ridges are exposed and beautiful. Loop around and go down the stairs. This hike is short, easy and accessible.
We extended the hike by turning left on the way back down the Canada Cliff Trail towards Echo Lake. You could go down to the lake for a swim if you want. We turned right near the bottom to connect with the Valley Trail right to go back to the Beech Mountain lot.
This made it a much longer but better hike.
We also did Beech Mountain in the morning to the fire tower. Choose the .7 mi trail on right to go up for a moderate hike up with great ledge views. Take the .4 mi trail down for a steeper descent.
Enjoy! Do the Beech Mountain then the Cliff after!
Very fun trail but we did the south trail up and the NW side down which I think was one of the bubble trails. The south trail up was fun and had great views in the way up so great places to rest and enjoy the view. The NW trail down was a blast. Lots of rock to climb down. We really had to pay attention to the blue trail markers because it's easy to lose the trail with all the rocks. At one point we found a little ravine to climb down into and there were ladders to help you through it. We ended the hike with a section of the Jordan pond trail back to the pond house and that was a nice end to the descent we just did.
As an avid hiker and lover of Acadia hikes (rock scrambles) I really enjoyed this hike though I would suggest anyone who is not good at Rock scrambles do this trail as an "out and back" from the west side (parking lot) the east slope has some _difficult_ down climbs for the inexperienced. Doing a loop counter clock wise would be better as it's easier to get up the hard spots then it is down. I very much enjoy this kind of "climbing" but others who are timid may not. We also brought our 85# male greyhound with us and though we managed it, he didn't enjoy it, (He is a strong 4-5 mile hiker). Dogs that do this part of the trail should be agile and strong. Going down some of the rock ledges can be quite technical for them.
As new to Maine and not used to any trail with "Mountain" in the title I was a little hesitant. But this trail was recommended by a coworker and was very nice. I would recommend it to anyone!
(There was trail maintenance going on, which added a detour and about a half an extra mile!)