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21 minutes ago

Similar to Precipice Trail in that there are iron rungs/ladders you need to climb to get to the top of Beehive. Be careful, wear good shoes, and be warned if you're afraid of heights. Did this the same day as Precipice and it was very crowded given that it's tourist season. It's meant to be done as a loop because going back down the way you came up is dangerous especially when many people are trying to make their way to the top. Absolutely stunning views of the coast line and Sand Beach. After you summit, you eventually make your way down to The Bowl lake, which is a great spot for a dip if you're keen. I continued on the loop and ended up connecting to the Gorham Mountain trail instead of heading back to the parking lot. I recommend doing this if you want to do two hikes in one.

hiking
29 minutes ago

Did this hike in the thick of tourist season (2 days ago) and it's very popular so be warned. Ended up having to wait as a family climbed up with a guide who didn't leave way for folks to pass so there was a backup with many of us having to wait after each segment for at least 25 minutes. Minus the waits, did this hike in about 35 minutes (incl summit to Champlain Mountain). Precipice Trail technically ends before Champlain Mountain and you can choose to head down the Orange/Black trail or continue on to summit.

This is listed as a hard hike, but if you're an avid/experienced hiker this is definitely more on the moderate side in my opinion (but this is based on comparing it to previous hikes I've done). Combination of rock scrambles, rock steps, and iron rungs/ladders as you gain in elevation over a short distance is what makes the hike intense for some. If you aren't comfortable with heights, be warned that you'll be on cliff edges at some point (with iron rungs to hold on to) but nevertheless, this isn't for the faint hearted. You get great views as you eventually get above the trees, but the best views are if you continue onto Champlain Mountain. Bring a hiking trail map to figure out which way down is the best depending on your plans. If you end up on the other side of the mountain and miss the Orange/Black trail (like me and a couple did), you can take the free shuttle back to the parking lot no problem.

hiking
2 hours ago

Intense, fun, and amazing. This was an awesome trail. With it's steep 1 mile climb to the top after bouldering for 1/2 mile this is something to be proud of when you complete it. The trail is well marked and well maintained. Tracked 3.3 miles doing the small loop back to the road then down the road back to the parking lot.

on Ocean Path Trail

20 hours ago

Beautiful views of the ocean!

hiking
1 day ago

Took this route down after coming up the Abol Trail... Woah, no way would I want to climb up it. They sure wanted to torture the thru hikers on their last miles of their trek on the Appalachian Trail. It's challenging, rough, tiring, with a little fun mixed in.

I mean the lake is beautiful. But the view doesn’t change the entire hike. It’s just a trail that goes around the circumference of the lake. On one side there are raised boardwalk planks that are only 2 boards wide in most points which makes it hard to fit by when people are going the opposite direction. Really boring hike.

Another great Acadia hike. Parked at Thunder Hole, walked to the trail head in the next parking area. Many great vistas and rocks to walk on under and around. Lots of families on this trail. Great views at the summit of Champlain, Dorr and Cadillac all together.

Easy hike/walk around Jordan Pond. Parking was easy early in the morning, however was filling up by the time we finished. The lake views are wonderful with such clear water and the Bubbles in view. Heard the loons, but they kept out of sight.

Felt like I was hiking back down forever. Great views though.

Amazing hike. I did it with my two younger sons. Would recommend not to do the hike if you have anybody under the age of 10.

An easy, level hike. Jordan Pond is one of THE most popular Acadia attractions: get there early. If parking fills up at the Jordan Pond House use the boat landing parking lot just down the road. Excellent hiking every season.

This was my first time doing the Beehive Trail, let alone any sort of vertical scaling. As someone who is only 5'2", there were parts of the hike where I really had to assess how I was going to climb. The iron rings really are there to help you, but some of them were a harder reach than others. The climb itself wasn't very physically taxing for an intermediate hiker like me. It was more mentally taxing because of the assessing and bravery required, as you'll be at the edge of the mountain. It's definitely doable for those who are a bit hesitant; I even saw 6 year olds climbing up. Once at the top, I recommend continuing to Gorham Mountain and Ocean Path trails instead of attempting to climb back down. Overall recommend for a memorable hike and definitely not for the faint of heart! And be sure to get there early for a good parking spot during the summer season, we got there around noon on a Saturday and had to park quite far from the trail head.

Excellent hike any season! Get there early. Parking lot at Gorham trailhead is small; I recommend parking at the Fabbri parking lot just down the road. Last hiked this in May/June 2018 as part of an Acadia Ranger-led excursion. Cadillac Cliffs spur trail is well worth the sightseeing opportunities!!

Ok, so here you have the real review. It was a pretty vertical scale, but with handholds and metal rungs nicely spaced for short girls and smaller brave kids. I have a serious problem with heights, so it does play a-bit of head games with the likes of us. But all in all, a very doable climb. I am not an athlete by any means and I was able to enjoy the climb.

This was such an enjoyable walk around the pond. Nice loop open to the pond and into the trees. Then we stopped to have popovers and ice cream at the Jordan Pond House. Totally recommend it. Great afternoon!

3 days ago

Easy trail, but rewarding ocean views. We did it on rainy day, and it was still enjoyable.

Easy trail along the Atlantic Ocean with dozens of viewing options of the waves, wildlife, Acadia's iconic pink granite, the popular Thunder Hole attraction, Otter Cliffs, Monument Cove, Sand Beach. Keep in mind the Park Loop Road is one-way traffic access along Ocean Path. Great parking options include Sand Beach parking lot and Fabbri parking lot which are on opposite ends of Ocean Path Trail. Excellent hiking and snowshoeing. Ocean Path offers dozens of worn spur trails, keep your eyes peeled.

Main reason I came to Bar Harbor and I wasn’t disappointed!

Spectacular terrain with great fully rewarding viewpoints!

The Beehive is a short, strenuous trail that takes you up a series of ledges and handholds to its final peak, before letting you wind your way back down. While a few cab be intimidated by the promise of the climb, it's actually not that difficult: if you're fit enough to climb up the rocky slope that leads from the car park, you've got the balance to get up to the top. And once you're there, this trail is a great jumping off points for nearby loops along nearby lakes and mountain ridges.

4 days ago

Absolutely amazing trail, with a variety of landscapes. You start off on a fairly flat section through the woods along the stream. At about 1 mile in you will get to the beautiful falls. From there the incline picks up as you will climb hundreds of stone steps. After a reprieve from the steps, it levels off a bit before the boulders.

The boulders start just about at the tree line. After climbing the boulders you’ll get to the gateway, a steep rock scramble. If the weather is good, you’ll get some amazing views starting here. I thought the summit would be just after this point, but don’t be fooled. You still have a ways to go. Luckily after the gateway you get to the tablelands which is a pretty flat for the most part, and a surreal alpine landscape.

Finally there is the last push to the top, with sweeping views.

This hike is very challenging. Be ready for a long day. It is just an incredible experience and I highly recommend it be on any hikers bucket list. Baxter State Park is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Maine.

great time walking this one well marked also

busy trail. didnt do the ladder side. bit took long way around great time

Challenging, but AWESOME. Worth the effort and the climb.

hiking
5 days ago

Excellent, but need to be in decent shape and have a sense of adventure. As others have said, do not take kids and you must wear hiking shoes. One in our group has on running shoes which supported him fine but the soles were torn up by the end. This is climbing and rock scrambling more than a hike. We got there at 9am and found parking, but trail was starting to get crowded. Views from the top were amazing, also a nice breeze and perfect picnic spot to rest at the top. We came back along North Ridge to Black & Orange which meets up with the bottom of Precipice back to the parking lot. If you are tired, I'd suggest just taking the .2 Mile trail down to Park Loop Rd and walking back along the road. Orange & Black is all rock stairs, up and down, along the side of the mountain. Not easy after the climb up. This is one of the most difficult trails I've ever hiked, a bucket list hike for sure.

hiking
5 days ago

Great easy hike for taking photos and seeing some of the best of Acadia.

hiking
5 days ago

This is a great hike! We did the Beehive trail and returned on the Bowl Trail We headed out at 8 am on a Thursday. We let a young couple pass us before we got to the iron steps but did not see anyone else until the summit. Great views up there. It is short so we did the Great Head Loop after.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail with gorgeous views around Jordan Pond. As at most popular spots, parking was tough when we arrived at ~10:30. We went clockwise and about 1/5 of the way in, encountered a some easy portions on split logs to keep you out of boggy paths; if someone comes from the other way, one party must yield. A little easy scrambling over some rocks and boulders. Mostly easy paths and a couple bridges. No bikes or wheelchairs. My boys took a quick detour up to bubble rock and met us back at Jordan Pond House for lunch. Skip the heavily-hyped $4 popovers if you are on a budget. Saw loons, frogs, fish, gulls, and chipmunks. Heard squirrels. Fairly busy on this hike, but not annoyingly. Only heard street traffic only as we completed the east side.

An incredible hike. I would say it tests your nerve more than your stamina. Metal rungs take out the technical side of the climb, but it had my heart racing. Beautiful views of Acadia if the clouds let you peak through. I just took a bus from Bar Harbor to the trail. It starts busy, but the crowds ease as you begin Beehive.
I do not recommend coming down the steeper side. Also it will really slow you down since you will have to carefully pass the majority of hikers going in the other direction. There are narrow areas.

Great hike. Would be better with less people. We had to wait several times but not bad since the views are amazing. Going up the face took us about 30 minutes. Took my 8, 10 and 12 year old and they had no problems. In level of difficulty, I could have taken my tall 6 year old but I didn’t want to manage 4 kids, and it was my first time up so I didn’t know what to expect. My 8 year old is 54 inches and did not have problems with reaching for any of the rungs. But too much smaller may require assistance. We are all experienced hikers, and kids boulder often and do not have a fear of heights. The trail switchbacks so drops are only about 15 feet; looking up appears as if the drop is all the way down. My husband went up the back with 4, and 6 year old and met us at the top. Together we continued down and followed the Gorham trail to Ocean Trail for a full loop. Highly recommend the entire loop.

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