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hiking
4 hours ago

Great hike and nice views along the hike. The campsite is about 1 mile in and the first overlook about 1.5 miles. Then the ridgeline rocks are at about 2 miles in and go for another quarter mile. We turned around at 2.2 miles and thoroughly enjoyed the views at the top. It is very rocky terrain however I would not classify this as Hard or Expert. Steep in some places but easy going overall. The tree canopy blocks a lot of the views east, we plan to come back in the winter for more views.

hiking
22 hours ago

Did Beehive after completing Precipice. It's different than precipice - iron rungs not present when needed and you need to use rocks to pull yourself in a couple of places.

hiking
22 hours ago

This happened to be my first hike in Acadia. Was fun and also the fact that there is no going back helps - you just climb and finish it! :)

Definitely a fun trail, not very difficult. Much more subdued version of Precipice Trail but still fun. It’s also very short.

Would rate this as a hard but amazing trail. Wonderful views most of the way. Would recommend coming off the peak to the left to avoid very steep area. Following the carriage trail to left when you come to it and then picking up the trail again.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail was amazing! Noted as the most dangerous trail in Acadia National Park, the Precipice Trail is not recommended for children, those who are afraid of heights or anyone out of shape. Trail is nearly all vertical, ascending more than 1,000 feet. It is almost a mile straight up, easy in the beginning and gets more and more difficult the higher you go. Mid-way you begin using ladders to ascend, then for the last third of the climb it is all iron rungs drilled into the side of the mountain, overlooking sharp cliffs! The scariest hike I have ever been on, but totally worth the time and energy!

Great hike, definitely recommend it for the able bodied. I’m hardly the most in shape but was able to do this hike with breaks. Get here early (before 10AM) so you can find parking and avoid the big crowds. I took the long way down through Champlain north ridge and then making a right on Orange and Black trail. I took it all the down to the road and caught the bus back to the parking lot. You can also walk along the road back to the parking lot. Total time for 3-3.5 hours at a leisurely pace, stopping to snack.

The exposure of the cliff trail should not be understated. There are sections of this trail that ‘heights-challenged’ persons would struggle to complete. Better than average physical fitness is also a must- the climb down the Spring trail is very steep. The summit views are top-notch. I give it 3 stars only because I have no desire to do it again due to its exposure- a bad slip/trip would be fatal.

Fantastic loop trail. The Jewell Trail up is about as easy as it gets up there. The Ammonoosuc is rocky and slow so budget plenty of time for getting down.

Great views. Strenuous climbing at times, but very rewarding.

Our family hiked the Jordan Cliff Trail the second week of August (just after reopening for the season). It's a great trail when the park is crowded. We saw few people along the trail as it is not near the larger towns on the island. I suggest you park your car at Jordan Pond House by 9 a.m. before it fills then hike the trails. We reserved a few months ahead for lunch at the Pond House restaurant for 3 p.m. which left us plenty of time to hike. Regarding the hike, there are a few ledges without rails and a narrow bridge but for this family that has little climbing experience, it was all very approachable

rock climbing
6 days ago

Very nice hiking and rock climbing trail. Near-vertical rock climbing ascend for about ~0.3 miles; but nicely placed metal rungs help a lot. Very great views from the top.

Don’t try to do this trail the wrong way around; that is, do the trail *counter* clockwise, so that you end up climbing up the rocks and not down. Don’t attempt with kids or if you feel you might be unable to pull yourself up onto rocks (two or three spots require pulling oneself up onto shoulder-height rocks using rungs).

Also, good hiking shoes may be better for this than rigid hiking/backpacking boots.

6 days ago

The trail is full of very sharp rocks. It seems not supposed to be too hard but very tired because of rocks.
Buzzard Rock was great, has nice view and plenty of space to take a break to enjoy view.
But after Buzzard Rock there was not much to enjoy. The forest is somehow very damp. There were so many mushrooms but also so many BUGS were following whole trail. Some thorns and all other kinds of vegetation were across the trail, that scratch pants, arms and face. They hold on my poles, annoying on the trail.
Moss has formed on almost every rocks with spiders which made us to hesitate to sit on.
Plus, there was no real view from Buzzard Rock to summit. So we ended up back and out at 3 miles(total 6 miles).

It's nice trail overall but if I try it again, I will try to buzzard rock and enjoy sunset and come down.

Not for the faint of heart. Because HEIGHTS. ladder rungs, scrambling and narrow edges are most common features. You must be certain of your footing on this one. Completely worth the view though. However, not for dogs, inexperienced hikers or young children. And don’t come DOWN the beehive. You’ll make a mess of things.

Took this on as my second hike...don’t know what I was thinking. The warning sign gave me hesitation but decided to go for it. Got to really stay focused ascending this path and it was good to have my SIL (an experienced hiker) leading the way. Beautiful views from the top. When I completed the ascend felt a great sense of accomplishment and gained major confidence about my ability to do this hiking thing.

hiking
7 days ago

One of the most incredible hikes I’ve ever done! It is certainly challenging and not good for those with a fear of heights... but an experience not to be missed! Once up, it seems safest and the best idea to go down north ridge and then black/orange trail.

hiking
7 days ago

This was a great experience! I am excited to share it with my family (of adult children)!

My favorite trail of all time. (Without dogs and I haven’t done precipice)

hiking
10 days ago

The more difficult bigger brother of the Beehive Trail. This trail has so much upper arm work between the ladder rungs and the boulder climbing to get to the top. If you are afraid of heights there are a few skinny areas I wouldn't recommend looking down. This is a full body workout kind of trail but it is so much fun! For sure an experience you don't want to pass up.

If you looking for something adventurous that is a little easier than the Precipice this is the trail for you! Plenty of metal rungs and ladders to get you to the top so this is not just your average walking trail there is a lot of climbing involved. There are also a few drop off ledges involved so if your afraid of heights keep this in mind. I would not do Acadia without doing this trail though!!

Really awesome! Some dicey areas for those afraid of heights, but there are always paths marked. Beautiful views throughout.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful, adventurous hike with incredible ocean views on top. The cliff walks are amazing. You have to go under the rocks too at one place. This has more iron rungs than bee hive trail. Really loved this one and want to show this to my friends when I visit next time. I came down via north ridge.

Beautiful hike along the iron rungs and the awesome lake with incredible views of ocean with early fall colors peaking in.. Enjoyed it very much

Best ever! The rings are spaced perfectly and make climbing to the top of beehive so fun. Not for the faint of heart but so worth it.

beautiful but def has some steep/narrow/gnarly spots
take your time because 1) its beautiful and you'll want to look at everything and 2) some tricky climbs and scrambles

Crowds can cause an issue, recommend as a mid week early morning hike!

Come early as the trail got pretty crowded when we went in the late morning. This definitely isn’t the type of trail where you can pass people at will as parts of the trail are straight vertical. Great views towards the end as the cliffside exposes you to a great view of Bar Harbour as well as all the Porcupine islands

hiking
18 days ago

great trail. lots of climbing. awesome views

Woke up "early" for us and got after the Beehive Loop for the first trail in our entire Acadia trip. We had to stop a few times to let other people pass/collect ourselves as my hiking partner felt nervous about climbing the exposed rocks, but soldiered on. Incredible views the entire way up, and at the Beehive we saw two bald eagles. As almost completely novice hikers, we both felts incredibly proud and happy we did it. You really gotta do this one if you're in Acadia!

This was the best hike I've ever done. It was a little scary at times for me though but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Amazing view from the top.

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