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Precipice Trail

HARD 59 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 difficult. 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.

2 days ago

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!

8 days ago

8 days ago

12 days ago

You get such a feeling of accomplishment from completing this trail, and get some beautiful views.

hiking
14 days ago

Absolutely the most fun hike my family and I have ever attempted. The views along the way are amazing. The iron rung sections are challenging, but certainly well placed. My 14 and 11 year olds scrambled up here with no problem, but it is not for everyone. Just be aware of your party's limitations (the 'warning' rock is very useful in helping to determine comfort level). Step carefully and enjoy the view!

17 days ago

Seems a little harder than moderate.

21 days ago

Awesome!

22 days ago

30 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

1 month ago

rock climbing
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views! Very challenging hike with intense rung sections.

rock climbing
1 month ago

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!

1 month ago

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