Beachcroft Path Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, ME that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177 Phone: 207-288-3338 Shipping Address Acadia National Park 20 McFarland Hill Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609-0177 More information: http://www.nps.gov/acad/contacts.htm
Hiked this from the top (Champlain) down. If coming up from Otter Creek road, you will encounter the "stairs" first. An awesome engineering feat (made with hand tools). Some technical sections with 3 point hands and feet required. There are smooth faced rock inclines that require grippy footwear near Huguenot Head. Do not attempt in the rain without. This is one of my favorites in Acadia. =Strenuous
The hike was strenuous but totally worth it. Gorgeous views all the way up. The view from the top was one of the most gorgeous views I've ever seen. Endless view of the Atlantic with mountains surrounding. Definitely my favorite hike in Maine so far.
Parking area on rt 3 north of the tarn lake to the summit of Champlain via the beachcroft trail 1.2 miles. This section is classic Acadia manicured path with many steps and rock ways that switch back up the exposed west face of Champlain. Moderately steep. Summit to park loop road via the north ridge trail, 1 mile. Easy grade down the north shoulder or ridge of my Champlain through granite slabs and pine woods. Park loop road (walking against traffic) to rt 3 bridge returning to parking area at the tarn lake, .8 miles passes a beautiful beaver pond. This would have been a perfect hike, except that we did it in fowl weather with rain and fog. Made for some slippery footing especially on the slabs at the top. Still the setting was perfect and the hardest grade would be on the beachcroft trail at moderately steep. Hope to do this one agin in better weather!
This trail is rated at moderate to strenuous. I would say it is more strenuous than moderate, however. Make sure you have plenty of water, and try not to do this one in 90 degree weather like I did haha. It has spectacular views once you reach the top. As another reviewer stated, you do need to use your hands to crawl up the rock face at certain points. Not the most clearly marked trail at times either. The blue blazes are spread a little far at times causing you to think you are not going in the right directions. Follow the cairns. This hike is not for the faint!
One of the tougher trails with places of ledges that you almost have to crawl up lol. Views are nice and worth the hike.