Beehive, the Bowl, Gorham Mountain, Ocean Drive Loop

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Acadia National Park

Beehive, the Bowl, Gorham Mountain, Ocean Drive Loop is a 10.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 10.1 km Elevation Gain: 312 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

beach

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Please note that dog rules change at different portions of this loop. No dogs are allowed on the Beehive section, but dogs are allowed on and off leash during other segments of the journey. If you'd like to bring your dog, consider doing the loop without the Beehive section.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

This was a great way to get to most of the major spots in one day. Very easy trail to follow and very well maintained. It briefly has you walk on the street which was a little confusing and not the most exciting but other than that it was all great trail hiking. At the beehive and towards the end, along the ocean, it became very crowded but otherwise was very peaceful. The beehive was amazing! The line to the top was very slow but even with my mild to moderate fear of heights I always found a spot to wait that felt secure! I highly recommend this hike!

Not sure I can add much more then what has already been stated about these trails. This particular combination is great as you can cover all the iconic ones and get so many great views and variety. This is highly recommended.

hiking
8 months ago

Great start to the hike, awesome views and a lot of fun on the iron rungs headed up beehive. Disappointed that we had to take the road at the end to Ocean trail. I would do it in reverse for next time

Fantastic trail, so much fun and with incredible views. Definitely take the Cadillac cliffs trail (as outlined) instead of staying on Gorham Mountain when it splits for a bit - so much fun scrambling. Loved this, favorite hike of the trip.

hiking
9 months ago

With family, 3 and 6 year old, so I skipped beehive and went around with the kids. Wife went up, and said it was best views of the whole park (we did many other hikes). Beehive is a must for me next time. From Gorham, nice views of Sand Beach. Cliff side trail was fun for the family.

hiking
10 months ago

great scenic loop!

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing views and fun hike, we got started at the beehive around 5:15am after watching the sunrise at Cadillac Mountain and it was amazing to get the trail to ourselves (and to finish up by 9:30, before it got too hot!). There’s a portion near ocean’s path where you have to walk on the park loop road, which is probably not ideal especially during peak traffic hours.

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

Amazing hike and even more amazing views. Started around 8:00 am and had the whole beehive trail to ourselves!

11 months ago

great hike. got to the top of the beehive and watched the fog burn off. beautiful views.

Awesome hike with some beautiful views especially early on, the walk along the road to the Ocean Path is a little lame but there is no other option.

hiking
muddy
rocky
Tue May 21 2019

hiking
Mon Apr 08 2019

Hiked Jul18 - absolutely amazing views - challenge of rings and ladders, the peace of the bowl - could have sat there all day. A fantastic hike.

hiking
Sat Jan 05 2019

Went for the first time this week (January 2).. icy and snowy but still very doable! Highly recommend bringing along microspikes if you expect that kind of weather.

hiking
Sun Oct 21 2018

Amazing views and a great hike! Nice climbing activity at some points and good surprises along the way, such as a small lake. The beach was a beautiful place to park the car, would definitely recommend to check it out while there.

Wed Jul 04 2018

I was soooo nervous about doing this trail. It had been on my husbands bucket list and I was fretting for a week knowing it was something we were going to do. What an amazing hike though!! The adrenaline kicked in and I was able to tackle it with the help of his coaching. Loved it!! Must do! Maintain 3 points of contact and do it slow, no worries. Continued on to the Bowl and Champlain Mountain. Hitched a ride from a lovely group of women back to vehicle in Sand Beach. Awesome day!!

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