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hiking
2 days ago

Lots of fun if you don’t mind climbing some steep sections with the help of iron rungs, and a couple of precarious sections along a cliff face. Great views all around.

hiking
4 days ago

Moderate ascent to first view of valley to north. As progress to Buzzard Rock, trail rocky and narrows. Great mountain views to both east and west when no foliage; otherwise west side has the views. Easy access to trail.

I hike Mt Washington once a year and love it. Always have a bag packed for all weather. I have been in ice storms during Oct!

Less of a hike and more of a climb. Lots of iron rungs with short horizontal ledges between. Lots of fun, but not one to do if you have a fear of heights.

First 2.5 miles are great. Last 1.5 miles of the out and back were nothing special in terms of views, but a great workout. Really beautiful forest and rock formations throughout. Not my favorite hike in the area, but not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon. About 3 hours (with stops) round trip. As others have mentioned the trail is very rocky. Wear some sturdy shoes!

hiking
14 days ago

the hike up was crazy, I can't say I've seen anything like it. a few moments had me pause and realize the vertical drop off the trail might be deadly but all the more excitement. the view at the top can not be beat! also the hike back is a lot easier.

hiking
15 days ago

Such a fun trail! Despite the short mileage, the “hard” rating is fair, as this hike is truly “nearly vertical.” Would not recommend this one on a wet or windy day. With that being said, the views are incredible, and the hike is awesome. Just did this one yesterday (4/3/18) and there was no snow or ice on the climb up, just a little snow in the woods on the way back down. Highly recommend!

hiking
18 days ago

This is a great hike, and you are on the ridge line for most of it, so many opportunities for good views throughout. If you want to add about 2 miles and 1000 feet of elevation, start instead at Sherman Gap Trail, follow the trail up to the ridge line (you can see that path on the map All Trails provides) and then spend more time on the ridge line with great views. The best views are to the west, so to keep the sun at your back for photos, start by 8 or 9.

hiking
26 days ago

One of my very favorite trails on mdi. This is not an easy trail especially if you are scared of heights. But let me tell you the views are worth every step.

It is not advised to hike down this trail, only up because of the iron rungs , then you can go down around the bowl, even connect to the beehive if your feeling real froggy and walk the mile back to your car on the tar or catch the bus back to the parking area.

hiking
26 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in Acadia. If hiking in the busy summer season I encourage you to go early in the day to avoid the crowds. If you are afraid of heights your going to want to take your time and not feel rushed. The views of sand beach are spectacular.

Great hike, but start before 8 or go on a weekday if you start from the north as the parking lot can fill quickly. We combined this with a hike down to Jordan Pond, around the pond and up to Bubble Rock. You more than double the distance and increase the altitude gain by an extra 1000 feet. Did the loop clockwise, which was good for photos as the sun stayed to our backs. The lodge at Jordan Pond is great for popovers halfway through for a break so bring a wallet.

Your legs will burn. But it is so worth it!!! This is the first "true" hike I did! I was supposed to do it with my bro, but at the last minute, his job called him, so I went alone! What an adventure it was! Who could have known that it was only the beginning of a bigger adventure! Two years later, I was in Nepal facing the Mt Everest!

hiking
1 month ago

Got the the trailhead in the early afternoon on a Monday to find I was the only one in the parking lot. Didn't meet another hiker going out or back. First mile or so is pretty tame going through open forest. After that it begins to get a bit steeper. Once you reach the ridge the views are amazing the rest of the way. Particularly the views at Buzzard Rock. Truly spectacular for this area. At this point you can turn around if you'd like. You will find views of the surrounding mountains but none better than you've already seen, only ups, downs, and about 4 more miles round trip. I pushed on just to get the distance in. All in all it's a great hike with some solid views. Trail is a bit rocky so I couldn't push the pace as much as I liked. Took about two and a half hours total. I'd recommend shoes with ankle support. I recorded the hike and it was a cool way to keep track of your time, pace, and elevation but it drained my battery terribly so I doubt I'll use the feature again.

Amazing views and worth it. Metal bars as holds in the steeper traverses and a well marked path guiding you to the summit are very helpful.

Fun hike - includes a lot of steep climbs using metal bars fixed in the rocks. About 30 minutes each way

I highly recommend doing this trail it has amazing views and is by far worth it.

Hiked in October 2017. The way up went by much faster than anticipated, great trail and very scenic. Weather couldn't have been more perfect. Of course very high winds at the top. The way down is when I struggled but that's just from my exhaustion and muscles! Took longer than anticipated but made it out as the sun was setting. On our way down we missed the turn for our trail and ended up walking quite a ways on the wrong trail and had to turn around. SO make sure you have your eyes peeled for trail signs/turns!! Bring layers - never know what the weather will be like especially at the summit. Absolutely beautiful views the whole time.

Went on this trail a few years ago.
Had a great time and can't wait to do it again :)

The views were spectacular! My husband and I had already done quite a bit of hiking this day (including the Beehive Trail) so this was very physically demanding. He asked, "Do our fitbit steps still count if we dragged ourselves off the mountain?" Lol. We did the South Ridge Trail and after reaching the summit we turned around and came back out the way we went in.

The views were spectacular! I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is afraid of heights. You'll be climbing and walking on trails where you can look over the edge and think: "If I fell right here, I would not survive". With that said, there is no reason you should fall unless you're doing something dumb. ;)

rock climbing
2 months ago

A hike that is more like a climb. Great during the dry seasons, before the snow and ice hit. I don’t believe this trail would be possible to complete in rain, snow, or extreme wind.

Technical skills not required, but willingness to climb some scary-looking spots is key!

Amazing views and steep climbs, but pretty short.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty short hike with breathtaking views along the way. There are steep drops along the way with a fair amount of exposure. I did not think it was too scary, but people who are scared of heights might want to take it slow on this hike.

Great hike

hiking
3 months ago

Favorite hike in Acadia!’

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike/climb, definitely one of the harder trails in Acadia.

Absolute must hike if you are planning a trip to Acadia. If you can climb a ladder or steep staircase you MUST do the beehive.

If you want to know what you're in for take quick look at my virtual hike on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=Lb-KmUeIEJg

This is probably the easiest trail for Mt. Washington. Add Clay for a bonus.

A hair raiser but excellent hike. Only do this one in good weather.

amazing

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