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If you're looking for a short hike to view rocky coastlines this is definitely one providing the most bang for your buck. It's a figure 8 loop trail; half through lush forest and half along an ocean cove. Views at the end of this trail are breathtaking. Rarely crowded, located on the "less popular" side of Acadia NP.

The view from the top is fabulous! There are two beautiful lakes to see. No guardrail, so hang onto your kids!

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.

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.

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.

We combined Wonderland and Ship Harbor by climbing on the shore/rocks from one to the other. The trail is super easy (maybe even a bit boring) but the shore is super fun and beautiful. Especially with kids its a lot of fun.

Fantastic diverse trail...easy, but not too easy. A few rocks and a section of roots. The view of the harbor and then out to the bay is breathtaking!

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.

Easy. Scenic

hiking
4 days ago

Very short and easy hike, not very crowded.

another great trail walk great views

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.

Great early am workout, peaceful.

Nice easy loop with good views from Great Head Summit. We did it after Beehive Trail so it was a great cool down after that amazing hike.

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.

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.

Awesome!

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.

hiking
6 days ago

So my 19 year-old boys did this and loved it, calling it their most challenging (more than the Mist up to Vernal Falls at Yosemite). We’re fairly novice hikers, so my wife and daughter took the back route up to the Beehive Summit to meet them. Together, we then went to the beautiful Bowl and then descended. 2 hours and ten minutes.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail for boulder scrambles. There are definitely a few sections that aren’t for the faint of heart. If you fear heights, take the Orange & Black path to Champlain Ridge Trail

great trail and a good swim opportunity on the fjord side, no beach but a boulder entry.

I always enjoy this hike! A challenge for someone afraid of heights for sure but so so rewarding. Please be wary if you are very afraid of heights or unsteady on your feet. Also make sure to wear shoes with great traction - you're going to need it. Awesome!!!

Not long but pay attention, as it is challenging with many metal rungs and hand holds

Did it on a foggy, drizzly morning, so no views, but still a nice hike. Started on the St. S. Mt. Trail and went as far as Valley Peak before turning up the Valley Trail and heading towards Acadia Mt., which added about another .7 miles. Glad I did not start out climbing Acadia Mt., as descending the wet rock on the steep side would not have been a good time.

I went up Mt. Acadia. I did this the opposite direction of the one most people recommend - first up to Acadia Mountain and then down the boulders and through the fire path back to the parking lot- this rewards with breathtaking views of the sound while hiking down from the peak, which you can't see very well while climbing up the boulders from the other side! It took me about 1:45 on a very hot day but might be around 1:30 on cooler days. My favorite hike in Acadia so far

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail. I went early to beat the crowds - 5:30am in the summer - worthwhile, as it most likely backs up with traffic due to the amount of ladders and tight spaces.
Definitely more of a climb w/ Great views at the end for reward.

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