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The trail is incredible but I would not advise for the winter. We did this trail on a cold day and the day before it rained. In many places had ice which made the path slippery. Even with the metal ladders I do not consider it a difficult trail but it requires care and a little effort.

Great trail, started at the beehive, took the bowl to Gorham Mtn trail ended on beach trail back to beehive trailhead. 3.6 mi loop. Very few hikers this time of year. Was perfect day to hike.

Absolutely my favorite hike in the park. It was gorgeous!

Great views at the end, but be prepared for some butt-burning stair climbing in order to get there! Possibly a better view than Cadillac Mtn! :)

Really enjoyed this trail. Good way to spend a half day. DEFINITELY do St Sauveur up then Valley Peak trail to loop up with Acadia Mountain trail, then go down the less fun part of Acadia Mountain trail (but also easier to descend because there are steps down) to finish the loop. You get the better views on the way up and a better hike this way. You can do this by starting at the Acadia Mountain parking lot then taking St Sauveur trail to start or park at the St Sauveur lot and take the Ledge trail first (the latter option just adds distance and can be slippery when wet)

Great views!

This was a great hike. We took the loop counter clockwise and got all the difficult section of the trail out of the way first. The last part of the trail is very flat and easy and includes thunder hole (which you want to visit 2 hours before high tide). I am glad we had the flat section last at dusk. For my novice experience as a hiker, I would not want to be on the mountain part after dark. Beautiful views of the ocean and fall leaves.

27 days ago

It’s popular for a reason! Crowded but it’s pretty awesome to be hiking so close to the ocean all the way. Very easy trail and a lot of fun!

27 days ago

Views are amazing but this is a HEAVILY tracked trail along a main road. Mostly flat.

Breathtaking views of the ocean!

Challenging and fun hike! Careful doing this hike if it’s too wet and make sure to wear hiking shoes.

I second the going counter clockwise. We started the trail on the stone steps at the far end of sand beach scrambling up the rocks. The views from the head are stunning! A great hike.

My favorite! So much fun, so rewarding

Pretty moderate- first part is basically a walk on the road, but the views at the summit are incredible. Pretty well populated, but crowds taper off after thunder hole.

decent hike not one of my favorites though

difficult but great hike

One of my favorite hikes. Just enough to elevate the heart rate. Stunning views. 5-year-old handled well. OK for younger, in-shape dogs. Trekking poles recommended if you have knee problems, especially for the way down.

Moderate loop trail, added Bowl and Beehive to make it about a 2 hour hike, some up hill and boulder climbing, Beehive has ladders and not for everyone. Really busy October 5th, does have good views. Not a secluded hike at all if that's what your looking for.

Ok hike. Probably had some nice viewpoints if it wasn’t cloudy and foggy

Beautiful loop hike combining seaside walk with lovely mountain top panoramas. We extended the hike by adding the bowl and the beehive.

1 month ago

Started at Otter Point and walked north with my husband and girls (7 and 10). Good walk, not too easy, with beautiful views the whole way to thunder hole. We walked there and back and that was perfect.

Beautiful views and overall fun to hike over the rocks. It was a perfect day with no clouds and blue sky. We took lots of pictures.

Beautiful hike! A bit crowded

Loved this hike. Beautiful views!

This was our first hike at Acadia and it was so much fun! We parked at Sand Beach (probably about 9am-easily found a parking space) and started out on the Beehive trail, but stayed straight (didn't want to do the iron rungs). We did come up the back side of the Beehive to see the views from the top, then back down to the Bowl. From the Bowl we took the Gorham Mtn trail. Fantastic views! When we were there the trees were just starting to change color. I imagine this is a spectacular hike when the trees are at their peak. Then we finished up by taking the Ocean path back to Sand Beach. The advantage to this is that you can visit all the little stops along the way, including Thunder Hole, without having to find parking again.

This was a fun trail with some great views. If you take the full loop there is also some diversity of trail - a few stretches with somewhat challenging rock scrambling and some downright wide, easy paths to relax a bit. I would recommend going counter-clockwise so that you are scrambling up the rocks instead of picking your way down. Then you get the easygoing portion at the end.

If you ever wish to find out what it was like for Hannibal to march 40 elephants over the Italian Alps like a mad man, then this is the hike for you! This trail is on the more difficult end of moderate, so don't pick a hot day to do this. This trail is more like a Highway to Hell, than a Stairway to Heaven, but definitely glad I did it.

9/19/18. Going North there are fab views a lot of the way up — it’s quite challenging in parts. The descent is more wooded, and the final part down to Bubble Pond is best taken slowly!

So fun. A lot of traversing over granite rocks and spectacular views!

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