Precipice Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews
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Precipice Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bar Harbor, ME that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

1.5 miles 941 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no dogs

The Precipice Trail is a difficult and very steep out and back (or loop) trail using iron rungs and ladders on exposed cliffs providing spectacular views of Acadia National Park. The trail opens after nesting Peregrine Falcons leave the nest. Do not recommend this hike during wet conditions, or if you experience vertigo; also not recommended for small children (no pets). The trail starts up steps and through some boulder scrambles. While officially a non-technical hike due to strategically placed iron rungs, ladders and rock ledges, this is really a climb that requires you to be able to navigate some tricky spots by pulling yourself up (e.g. the very first example of this might even be the hardest). If you are careful and pay attention, this will be a great and thrilling experience. Leave hiking poles behind, as you won't need them and they'll just get in the way. One of the very best short hikes in Acadia, similar to what you get on Katahdin's Knife Edge.


19 hours ago

It currently is open. I liked the trail a lot!


1 month ago

hiking

Amazing views and great trail


1 month ago

hiking

Loved the climb even though it put my mental fortitude to the test. Not a trek for any one remotely afraid of heights.


3 months ago


3 months ago

hiking


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4 months ago

hiking

I absolutely love this trail, it's views are amazing.


4 months ago

hiking

Fantastic hike!


7 months ago

hiking

Amazing hike. Not terribly difficult but you definitely need to watch your step. See link below for pictures...

http://www.trailsunblazed.com/?p=1327


8 months ago

Not sure why this is not classified as hard. This trail doesn't require lot of physical fitness, but needs lot of mental stability. Has lot of exposed cliffs and dangerous iron rungs...


8 months ago

hiking

This was the highlight of our visit to Acadia!


8 months ago

one of my favorites


8 months ago

hiking

Awesome, unique hiking experience with rewarding challenges and gorgeous views all the way up!


9 months ago


9 months ago


9 months ago

hiking

Very quick, difficult and exciting hike with a wonderful view from the top. Came back down the orange and black and was back to the parking lot in a little over an hour.


10 months ago

geocaching

A great hike that is extremely rewarding once you hit the top!


10 months ago

geocaching

Not as hard as people said but nerve racking if you fear heights. Lots of hands on climbing using ladders built into the cliff face. I did with my 11 year old daughter and she loves it!


11 months ago


11 months ago

geocaching