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    Rachael Gnias reviewed Precipice Trail

    9 months ago

    Awesome trail! Lots of scrambling and the majority of the summit trail you're navigating exposed cliffs and iron rungs, but feels pretty safe. Views are fantastic. Wouldn't recommend if you have a fear of heights and would try to hit this on less crowded days/times- it can get congested easily due to the nature of the climbing and narrow pathway. My favorite trail in Acadia.

    Rachael Gnias completed Precipice Trail

    9 months ago

    Rachael Gnias reviewed The Beehive Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Beginning is more scrambling/navigating iron rungs which makes this trail fun (unless you have a fear of heights or aversion to iron rungs) but following the summit, the trail levels off and is pretty easy. If you're looking for a fun and short hike, this is pretty amenable to all activity levels (see note on heights). If you want more scrambling/more of a challenge or really enjoy the beginning part of this trail, try the precipice trail instead.

    Rachael Gnias completed The Beehive Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Rachael Gnias reviewed New Hance Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Challenging trail with the steepness and loose gravel. Footing can be a dodgy so the descent requires some extra time planning and strategizing for safety. The descent is a bit quad-jellying and some scrambling is required. Trekking poles were helpful for balance. Trail can be difficult to follow, but pretty well marked with cairns if you pay close attention. Switchbacks are narrow. The ascent was actually easier than the way down (not as much issue with loose gravel/rocks and not as technical) and took the same amount of time for us (over 2 days). Some additional squat/lunge training probably would have made my hike more enjoyable/ recovery easier but as a first time Canyon hiker and backpacker, I'd say the trail was difficult and physically challenging, but doable. Definitely not as bad as my google searching led me to believe prior to the trip- hence this review!

    Rachael Gnias completed New Hance Trail

    about 1 year ago