The Beehive Loop Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.
A steep climb to the top of this small mountain with wonderful views out over the Atlantic and surrounding Acadia hills The Beehive Trail is a very popular moderate to difficult out and back or loop trail using iron rungs on ledges of exposed cliffs, and is very steep, offering spectacular views of Sand Beach and the surrounding area at Acadia National Park. Start just north of and across the One way loop road from the Sand Beach parking area, climbing steps and through the forest to some exposed fairly flat rocky areas and a tall cairn of rocks marking your next steps. Be sure to look for the light blue (Carolina Blue) trail markers as the trail can be quickly lost in your enthusiasm to scale the cliffs. Stay on trail as strategically placed iron rungs, bridges and hand and foot holds take the technical part out of the climb. Once at the top you can opt to go down the back side and make it a loop or go down the way you came.
I'd rate this trail moderate if you're not afraid of heights. There was one sketchy part where you cling horizontally, apart from that awesome and adventurous hike!
This trail is a must do! I have a little fear of heights and was able to complete with no issues! It's not a hard climb, never ran out of breath there are many areas where you can sit, relax and take in the views! Highly recommend this even if your questioning it, you won't regret it! There are many different trails to go back down on as well. If you don't think you can do it you can always reach beehive summit from the other trail going to the bowl and up from there, super easy! :) enjoy!
Great adventurous hike!
This is a very short hike, but it might be the most fun mile long hike I've ever done. If you're VERY afraid of heights, it may not be for you. However, don't be scared off - it's an amazing, exhilarating, and rewarding hike, and perfectly reasonable as long as you're responsible and careful.
I did it this summer with my two sons - age 7 and 9. They're reasonably experienced hikers for their age; they understand how important it is to be cautious, careful, and to stay within their safe limits. And they absolutely LOVED it. We did numerous other hikes in Acadia, and this one was by far their favorite.
It is not a hike to goof around on, but if your kids are careful - it is a ton of fun, and incredibly rewarding!
We loved it. Great views- short enough to do in afternoon. It has its challenging places. If you have knee problems this might not be for you. There are a couple of places where you have to lift yourself up and all your weight is on one knee. If you are afraid of heights this is not for you either. It's not too difficult otherwise.
Such a FUN hike!! Its a short strenuous hike with lots of climbing with the help of metal rungs. Do not do this hike if you are afraid of heights! We went to the right when the trail splits in order to take advantage of the 'climbing'. The views were amazing!! We ended up going around to the bowl on the way back and soaked our feet in the pond- peaceful and quiet. All around a great hike- challenging and beautiful views!
Great ladder hike. Definitely a challenge for some, especially if you have a fear of heights. This is a very narrow climb. Views are great though.
Excellent trail! Not for those who are scared of heights or those who are not physically active. We saw several individuals that shouldn't of been on this trail and many turned backed around. This trail is very steep and requires climbing steel rungs. I would recommend going right at the start of the trail and climbing up the rungs and not the other way around. If you feel like you want to turn around keep going instead of going back down the rungs. Once you get to the top the descent down is much easier and less steep.
So much fun! And a great view!