Precipice Trail

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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.


1 day ago

Amazing hike! Rated as moderate but should definitely be rated as hard.


2 days ago

hiking

Awesome hiking spot, awesome view .
Do not go if you have fear of heights


5 days ago


6 days ago

Fantastic!! Went with our teenagers. We all loved it.


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14 days ago

rock climbing

This is the closest "hiking" you'll get to mountain climbing. The app shows this hike as moderate but it should be rated hard. This is not for the average couch potato. Some people turned around but my wife and I enjoyed it a lot. Spectacular must do trail.


15 days ago

hiking

Amazing and terrifying! I'm afraid of heights and some of the areas (especially near the top) almost put me in tears, but it was so worth it and so rewarding. Take it slow. It's not a hard climb, just a hairy one.


16 days ago

hiking

Awesome views! Very challenging hike with intense rung sections.


24 days ago

rock climbing

Whew...that last quarter mile to the top is quite the hair raising experience....walking along the ledge with just the iron hand rail. It had my daughter (15 yrs) nervous! We made it and took the easy way down. Lots of climbing!


26 days ago

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


2 months ago

hiking

Amazing views and great trail


2 months 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.


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hiking


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5 months ago

hiking

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


5 months ago

hiking

Fantastic hike!


8 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


9 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...