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This is a great hike. Started with St. S so that we could go up the boulders. Hike is ok for athletic dogs as the rocks on the back side of Acadia get challenging.

The agony lies between your adrenaline rush and the moment of the despair (especially when you accidentally looked down once), pretty scary I would say. Just be ready to use your muscles really wisely and coordinately to get yourself up when you are literally are surrounded with nothing but 2-3 iron handles in front of you.

Great view on the top!!! More of a mental game than a physical one! But worth it!!!

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Absolutely amazing views! Make sure to bring lots of water and try to start on the earlier side. It's really sunny and hot during the summer time. Wouldn't suggest bringing kids on this trail.

Really fun trail. To be quite honest, there were a few parts that made me a little uneasy so if you’re truly afraid of heights or a newbie, I’d shy away from this one. The view is breathtaking though.

awesome trail. a little tougher than I had expected...was surprised to see some little children on it...

I enjoyed this trail. I would personally rate it moderate or moderate-hard, although the distance is fairly long which can be tiresome for some hikers. The views throughout were breathtaking and definitely worth the consistent uphill ascent! Cadillac can get pretty crowded near the parking lot area once you reach the top, so it’s nice to stay towards the less populated areas for a more serene atmosphere.

I absolutely loved this trail- going back for a second time shortly after because it was a lot of fun. Definitely need to watch your footing when climbing, with some parts being more difficult than others, but it’s worth it for the adrenaline rush and amazing views. The way up is pretty short in distance, and I chose to go down through the bowl trail rather than back down the beehive trail.

love this trail! I missed out on it the 1st time i was in Acadia since my wife does not do well with heights. This time with a little research i got her to do the bowl trail and head up the back of the beehive. I took beehive and we met 30 yrds from peak. she loved getting the views at the summit without having to do the heights. She loved her hike filled with mild scambling (with our 11 month old on her back) and I absolutely loved the beehive. i've done angels landing in zion and this is a short fun version on that. Will do multiple times everytime i return. Must do early, i only saw 8 people and we finished parking lot to parking lot in 1 hour.

This was a nice, lovely hike. It was as our first hike on our trip to Acadia National Park. It was not difficult, but it was a bit strenuous ascending. I had to stop to catch my breath a time or two. Also a very sunny hike. We took the path that led us to Sandy Beach, and the kids enjoyed getting their feet wet in the cold water:

Breathtaking views!!!

This is such an incredible hike. Definitely would not recommend for children because there were a lot of steep climbs that I can imagine would be scary. There’s ladder steps and metal bars to help you up. I went late afternoon on a Wednesday and there were only two groups with us. I can’t imagine doing this popular hike with many more people because it’s super narrow and you want to take your time. So worth it. I was skeptical about it being rated as the best hike in Acadia with it only being a short hike, but after doing a few others I definitely agree that this was the best hike!

Favorite hike in the park. After this hike you can go across the field for a cool down swim at echo lake

Nice hike. Cold and cloudy at top, so could be nicer on different day. Gotham Mountain Trail has a little side hike called Cadillac Cliffs Trail - Highly recommended!

Fun! Not scary while you're doing it (unless you're afraid of heights, I suppose). Looks scarier in photos than it feels, because you always have something to hold on to.

Definitely a great hike, a bit scary for me but glad I did it.

We did this trail on June 23rd. I am terrified of heights, TERRIFIED! I was nauseous the entire trip after my group mentioned they wanted to do this trail. I reluctantly did this hike and was a little nervous at times, but NEVER terrified. It ended up being pretty fun and I enjoyed it. I’m so glad I did it. There’s never a part where there is a sudden drop off the side. The trail always comes back on itself below. There’s a few areas of metal rung climbing and 2 main rock scrambling areas. The first rock section is the “scariest” of the 2 in my opinion. Once you get there, you’re practically to the top. We did it in about 45 mins with time for pictures at the top. Beautiful views, however, you get the same views if you take Gorham Mtn to Beehive if you prefer to skip the “height” stuff. If you’re afraid of heights, just do it! You’ll have a great sense of accomplishment at the end.

Fun hike! A good bit of rocky stepping, which was fun. Breath taking views! We were the only ones on the trail at 7am. We came across this trail from Ocean Path and decided to go for it! So glad we did! It takes you up to the back side of the Beehive. If you’re not into the climbing aspect of Beehive, you get the same summit without the “fear of heights” challenge.

More mentally demanding than physically demanding! If you can put aside any fears of heights, this is a fun little hike.

excellent views!

Did this hike with my two nephews (7 and 10 years old). We walked along a carriage trail for a bit but then once we got to the trail, it was great. Definitely a family-friendly hike with amazing views from the top!

Great hike. Steep incline with bars along the side of the mountain. There are a ton of people on this trail so you may want to start early. We started on this trail, then went down the back side to hike Champlain as well. Highly recommend putting the two hikes together!

An all-time favorite which we hike every year (20yrs) and bring guests and those reluctant about hiking. If you have time for only 1 hike - consider Gorham. We always hike clockwise from trailhead, and then combine with either Beehive or down to Sand Beach returning on Ocean Path. Note that the trail will split- for hardier hikes take the spur to the right cliffs trail. Not really hiking "cliffs" but lots of scrambling and stone steps and not recommended for kids or weaker hikers, it looks short but it's strenuous. For others - take the Left for a smoother ascent. Both will merge back together, and that's where the awesome views really start to open for you. An excellent picnic spot. Also note that during rain, the first part of trail basically becomes a mountain stream for all rain coming off the granite surfaces and you're hiking in water that quickly rises to about 8-10" (which is also pretty cool). Despite all the crowds below on Ocean Path - Gorham never seems very crowded. An excellent introductory trail to Acadia.

The views on this trail are just breathtaking. My husband and I decided on this trail because of accessibility and our dog Shadow. She did excellent on her ascent but there was no way she could make the 3+ mile decent. We’re lucky she’s cute. Some very nice ladies from California offered us a ride down to our car. :-)

We parked at the Jordan Pond parking lot, by the pond house. If you get there by 8AM, you can find a spot without any trouble. Anytime between 9-4, you may have to wait on a spot.

We took the Jordan Pond path over the path to Pemetic from the sound side. The hike up has a few steep parts, but it's not that difficult overall. As you get close to the top, the face opens up and you get some extraordinary views. The cool breeze that comes through the valley over Jordan Pond was refreshing and was welcome.

The views of Jordan Pond were great. At the time (July) the Jordan Cliffs trail was closed due to Peregrine falcon nesting. From our vantage point at the top of Pemetic, we could see the Peregrine falcons soaring over the water, often below us. It was quite a treat to see.

The path on the North side was a bit more strenuous, but not overly so. We were going down the North side, but I imagine coming up that way would require some effort.

I’m was super nervous before and during this hike. I’m afraid of heights and this one is up there but I’m so glad I did it. What a fun hike (just don’t look down). I was very happy it was a loop. I’m not sure I could’ve worked up the nerve to go back down. This hike is a must. Beautiful view at the top. Just take your time and watch your step and you’ll be fine. I wouldn’t recommend this hike for young children.

Just a ton of fun (which is the main point, right?). Not as intimidating as it looks from the parking lot. There are plenty of metal rungs and hand holds. Just good to be focused and deliberate when on a narrow cliff path (wouldn't recommend for children under 12). After descending to The Bowl, I linked up the Gorham Mountain trail and looped back around on the Ocean Path (around 4-5 hours total with lots of stops for pictures). Great survey of the different views and features of the park.

Trail closed until August due to Falcon nesting

Really nice day trip. Overall not too tough until above the tree line. It did get windy up there, I’d recommend a snug fitting hat or long sleeves. The views at the top are gorgeous, although I’d recommend staying away from the parking area for something a bit more tranquil.

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