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Beehive, Gorham Mountain and Ocean Path Loop

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Acadia National Park

Beehive, Gorham Mountain and Ocean Path Loop is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 784 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

beach

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

This hike involves assisted rock climbing and scrambling, making it very technical.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike — amazing climbs and views. But I do not recommend hiking down beehive. It was very steep and dangerous. Either turn back to bowl trail when you reach the top of beehive or do the trail the opposite direction and begin by climbing up beehive.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of fun going up the Beehive trail and Gorham offers beautiful panoramic views of the ocean! Adds some distance, as well. This is a great first-day hike because coming back up the Ocean Path along the coastline to finish gives you a little bit of everything. Also, take the Cadillac Ridge side trail on the way down Gorham to walk through some astounding rock formations...another nice surprise on this trail!

Started at Beehive trailhead and hiked counterclockwise. This is recommended as the steep section at Beehive will get backlogged from hikers going up. Trying to hike down this section will only add to the backlog jam. The initial climb on Beehive trail can be a bit steep at times but certainly doable. A few places can be a cliffhanger but it’s mostly mind over matter. Once on the summit, the hike down Gorham trail is gradual and easy. Highly recommended. It’s a great hike.

hiking
6 months ago

gorham trail connected with beehive and ocean path was an amazing hike along the ocean with huge rocks and boulders coming out of the water

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Started at the Gorham mountain trailhead, to the summit of Gorham mountain & down beehive trail. Very steep at points & many iron rungs. Apparently, it is not recommended that you go down the beehive trail? People we met at the summit were surprised that we lived. But we did, it really wasn't that bad. BRING GLOVES FOR GRIPPING.

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scramble
7 months ago

hiking
scramble
8 months ago

Amazing trail. Bring lots of water!

hiking
scramble
9 months ago

Pretty busy on a holiday weekend; better to go earlier if you can.

hiking
10 months ago

I loved bee hive the views were great!

10 months ago

What a great way to spend the day at Acadia!!!

hiking
Thu Oct 18 2018

Amazing view! especially during autumn when the foliage is out and the crowds are down. Definitely start at the beehive. We met some hikers on the trail who started at Gorham and were disappointed.

hiking
Wed Oct 10 2018

Harder than I thought- I’m scared of heights...

Tue Sep 04 2018

Awesome! We started the hike at 7:45am! The parking lot at sand beach is where we parked and was nearly empty. The trail head is up the street on the left. Go early if you hike this, we were the only ones on the trail and it was AWESOME. Hiked to Gorham and down to the ocean trail. Such a great hike! I highly recommend it! Took us roughly 2.5 hours with the stopping and photos!

hiking
Wed Aug 22 2018

Worth doing if you want to do a few hikes in one. Started on Beehive then connected to Gorham Mountain, which then made its way down to Park Loop Rd to connect to Ocean Path. Beautiful views on Beehive of Sand Beach and the coast, and again amazing views on top of Gorham Mountain. Finishing with the Ocean Path is nice and lowkey.

hiking
Sun Jun 03 2018

Great hike. I would not hike it if you are afraid of heights. Some minor climbing needed through iron stairs, you will have to use your hands intensively.

Tue Oct 10 2017

Great hike away from the crowds at Thunder Rock. Went on a rainy day, very peaceful but the mostly rocky trail gets a bit slippery so leave plenty of extra time. Although this trail is rated "moderate " here, a two mile section travels over the same route as the Beehive Loop which is rated "difficult" due to the vertical climb on iron foot holds, so review that trail's discussions before you go. There is a section of the Bowl trail that gets you around on an alternate route if you prefer (and definitely recommended if a rainy wet day!)

hiking
Mon Sep 25 2017

Highly recommend if you're not afraid of heights. The Beehive trail had awesome views the whole way up.

Wed Aug 23 2017

Busy trail but worth it.

hiking
Sat Aug 19 2017

Beautiful trail. Starts hard and gets easier as you go. Beehive is legit climbing up rocks so nobody with a fear of heights should do it. But it's not particularly arduous and my 60 year old parents were both able to do it. Highly recommend.

Tue Aug 01 2017

The haul up the Beehive is tough as advertised but over relatively quickly. Great views from the top of both peaks. Would get a higher rating but we were basically walking in a line half the time

hiking
7 months ago

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